Pauken's Jab at "Elitist" Higher Ed System Questioned

Tom Pauken, in his long-shot bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, is the only statewide candidate who has made higher education a central issue in his campaign thus far. But his approach to the issue is drawing criticism from within the higher education community.

In a recent web ad, Pauken, a former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, criticized the state’s “elitist educational system pushing everybody to go to a four-year university." It’s an argument that staffers at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board have heard before, but Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes insists that it is ...

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