Tribpedia: Higher Ed Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board advises legislators about higher education statewide and coordinates higher education services across Texas.

The Coordinating Board is responsible for compiling and analyzing legislative appropriations requests from universities statewide. It recommends formulas for funding universities and community and technical colleges.

The agency collects and analyzes financial, performance and enrollment data from higher education institutions to ...

University Officials to Defend Expansion Plans

A conceptual rendering of the University of Texas System campus that Chancellor Bill McRaven hopes to build in Houston.
A conceptual rendering of the University of Texas System campus that Chancellor Bill McRaven hopes to build in Houston.

Be it new medical schools or far-flung campuses, pretty much every major public Texas university is looking to expand, setting the stage for some heavyweight turf battles. This week, university officials are being asked to explain their ambitious, and expensive, proposals before two key higher education policy boards. 

Video: Higher Ed and the 84th Legislature

At our 11/13 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked to state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury; state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, the chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee; state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, the vice chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee; and Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes about how higher ed issues played in the 84th Legislature.

Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

New State Goal: 60 Percent of Adults With a Degree By 2030

With an eye on keeping up with demographic changes and competing with other states and countries, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has adopted a new goal: Get 60 percent of Texans between 25 and 34 a postsecondary degree by 2030.  

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes at the Texas Capitol as Governor Rick Perry signs several education-related bills in ceremonies on June 10, 2013.
Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes at the Texas Capitol as Governor Rick Perry signs several education-related bills in ceremonies on June 10, 2013.

Higher Ed Commissioner: Increase Focus on Students

The state's next long-term higher education plan will direct more attention on the needs of students and less on faculty, Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said Tuesday.

 

 

A pipe at Kilgore College, where allegations of improper asbestos removal and disposal have sparked controversy.
A pipe at Kilgore College, where allegations of improper asbestos removal and disposal have sparked controversy.

Allegations About Asbestos Stir Controversy in Kilgore

Tensions at Kilgore College reached new — and possibly violent — heights in mid-November when allegations surfaced that the school was in the habit of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos from its buildings, including a hospital. Secret recordings and a gunshot now punctuate the controversy.

University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.
University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.

UT Looking to Make More of Massive Online Courses

At the University of Texas System, particularly at its flagship campus, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined. University leaders believe the change in focus for the courses will help them be more effective at meeting their goals.

Freshman Samantha Salas (center) hangs out with friends before going to class on the first day of school on Aug. 25, 2014, at South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen.
Freshman Samantha Salas (center) hangs out with friends before going to class on the first day of school on Aug. 25, 2014, at South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen.

Momentum for Four-Year Degrees at Community Colleges

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, momentum seems to be building for more chances to earn four-year degrees at community colleges in Texas. Certain bachelor's degrees are already offered at South Texas CollegeMidland College and Brazosport College.

Despite Success, Some Shortcomings in Texas Higher Ed

As the state's 15-year higher education plan comes to an end, some objectives in key areas — including college enrollment among certain ethnic groups and degrees awarded in math and science — are unlikely to be met. The state's plan has been credited with preventing a discouraging tide from getting worse in higher education.

Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, talks about his school's undocumented student population during a panel discussion at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.
Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, talks about his school's undocumented student population during a panel discussion at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.

UTPA President Robert Nelsen to Step Down in August

Robert Nelsen, who has served as president of the University of Texas-Pan American since 2010, announced Monday that he will be stepping down at the end of August.

University of Texas at Austin economics majors Alexis Guevara and Ahmed Quadri capture a graduation day moment for posterity on May 5, 2014.
University of Texas at Austin economics majors Alexis Guevara and Ahmed Quadri capture a graduation day moment for posterity on May 5, 2014.

Gender Gap in Higher Ed Outcomes is Scrutinized

As degree attainment among men has continued to lag that of women, more state policy-makers are looking at the issue in a bid to prevent the gap from significantly affecting the state. The gender gap in higher education is expected to be a plank in the state’s next long-term higher education plan. 

Texas Southern University students Chassity Piece (center) and Briana Falls (right) walk to class on Feb. 22, 2012.
Texas Southern University students Chassity Piece (center) and Briana Falls (right) walk to class on Feb. 22, 2012.

Earnings Data Included in Latest Higher Ed Almanac

For the first time since it launched in 2011, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's annual almanac includes earnings data from the Texas Unemployment Insurance Wage Record File. A key discussion that could benefit from the latest edition of the almanac is one on how to push students to graduate on time.

Neal Smatresk: The TT Interview

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The president of the University of North Texas on his institution's unique approach to fixed-rate tuition, how he hopes to get students to graduate on time and what the school is going to do about its revenue shortfalls.