Tribpedia: Higher Ed Coordinating Board

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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 ...

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Job-Training Program Adjusts Amid Funding Cuts

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Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.
Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.

The Jobs and Education for Texans program, which focuses on training students in fields like high-tech manufacturing and computer support, is undergoing changes. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

Video: Meningitis Vaccine Rules Scaled Back at Colleges

Fewer college students will be required to have meningitis vaccinations, and new rules also make it easier for some students to opt out of the vaccinations. Community college administrators are praising the changes. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

Interactive: Campus Construction Funding Proposals

Lawmakers failed during the regular legislative session to approve billions of dollars in bonds for new construction on public university campuses. Some are hoping that the special session will provide a second chance at the money. Use this interactive to see what's at stake.

Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
Crowds of visitors, lobbyists, and lawmakers turned out to the Texas capitol for the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.

Liveblog: What's Left for the 83rd Legislature

The clock is ticking for lawmakers hard at work to pass prize bills in the final days of the 83rd legislative session. Here's a look at what's still outstanding. Check back often: We'll update this story as deals are brokered or broken. 

 

On the left is Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes. On the right is House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas.
On the left is Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes. On the right is House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas.

Texas Higher Ed Graduations Increase, Board Finds

Texas public universities awarded more than 50,000 bachelor’s degrees in spring 2013, an increase of more than 5,000 from 2012, according to preliminary data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. But in fall 2012, the state’s community colleges experienced a drop of 20,000 students from the year before.

First year resident Karthik Mekala, MD, watches Chief Maryam Ayaz, MD, check on a patient at UMC Brackenridge.
First year resident Karthik Mekala, MD, watches Chief Maryam Ayaz, MD, check on a patient at UMC Brackenridge.

UT-Austin Med School Plans Proceed After Election

With affirmation from voters, little stands between the University of Texas at Austin and its desired medical school except hard work and collaboration. It could open as early as 2015, though leaders say 2016 is probably more realistic.

Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas.
Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas.

TACC Recommendations Target Next Legislative Session

Priorities outlined by the Texas Association of Community Colleges — which the group called its "most comprehensive" ever — emphasize areas like transfer policies between schools and sufficiently funding community colleges. The recommendations are being presented at Thursday's meeting of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.

Higher Ed Coordinating Board Releases New Almanac

Texas' Higher Education Coordinating Board has released the second edition of its almanac of information on the state's college and universities. This year, for the first time, it includes data on part-time students as well as full-time ones.

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

As UT, A&M Regents Meet, Governor Eyes Tuition

Regents from both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems are meeting this week, and most observers will be watching for their votes on tuition rates. Gov. Rick Perry, for one, has made it known that he would frown on any increases.

Report: Texas Medical Residency Slots Not Keeping Up

Texas medical schools have increased their enrollment by roughly 30 percent in the last decade to help meet the state's demand for doctors. But the number of medical residency positions available in Texas is not keeping pace, according to a new report from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.
Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.

New Report Questions Texas' Higher-Ed Priorities

A new study on Texas’ higher-education policy lays out the tough choices that state lawmakers are facing and throws some cold water on one of their prize programs. “Texas was once known as a state where low financial aid was offset by low tuition,” the authors write. “Now, the low tuition is gone, leaving only low financial aid.”

More Changes May Be Ahead for TEXAS Grants

Officials gathered at a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board forum to begin a conversation about tweaking the state's primary need-based financial aid program for college students. Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said the state's approach appeared to be in need of adjustments.

March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the  the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers
March 6th, 2012: Protest against Texas lawmakers decision regarding changed to the the Women's Health Program. the federal government is expected to cut funding for the program because Texas improperly excluded Planned Parenthood from its list of providers

"Obamacare" on Center Stage

Texas Weekly

From contraception and cancer screenings to "Obamacare" and state physician shortages, here's a look at the month ahead in Texas health policy. 

Sunset Report Cites Issues With Student Loan Program

In fiscal 2011, more than $32 million of funding set aside for the B-On-Time Loan Program — more than one-third of the program’s total funding — never reached Texas students. That’s one of the more eye-popping findings of the Sunset Advisory Commission’s new report on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Scott Smith checks out a coupling during his Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.
Scott Smith checks out a coupling during his Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.

Tech College System to Link State Funds to Student Jobs

Texas State Technical College and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board are developing a bold new outcomes-based funding model that would tie all of the state appropriations to their job placement performance. But some observers question whether the state has the necessary data to make it work.