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 ...

Despite New Law, Algebra II Still a College Requirement

A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.
A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.

Though a new law removes algebra II as a core requirement for a high school diploma, many Texas universities say they have no plans to change their admissions standards to drop the advanced math course. Instead, higher education officials say many schools will continue raising the bar for new applicants.

News App: Higher Ed Outcomes Explorer

Each year, some 300,000 students begin eighth grade in a Texas public school — kids who will have far better prospects as adults if they finish high school and enroll in and complete a post-secondary certificate or degree. Use this app to track the educational milestones of every student who started eighth grade in a Texas public school between 1996 and 2001, broken down by region, county, ethnicity and gender. 

Search Still On for Higher Ed Performance-Funding Model

In 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is continuing its quest for a politically palatable model of performance-based funding for public universities. An advisory panel is mulling potential proposals in hopes that a new legislative session in 2015 will bring new consensus.

Tom Pauken, who is running for governor, speaking to a young Republicans group in Houston on June 27, 2013.
Tom Pauken, who is running for governor, speaking to a young Republicans group in Houston on June 27, 2013.

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 it is drawing criticism from within the higher education community.

UTEP students make their way through campus.
UTEP students make their way through campus.

Higher Ed Enrollment Grows Slowly as Deadline Looms

Overall enrollment in Texas colleges and universities grew by about 8,000 students in 2013, according to preliminary data released this week by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. That's an increase of less than 1 percent over 2012 figures.

 

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Star of Texas Awards ceremony on Sept. 12, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Star of Texas Awards ceremony on Sept. 12, 2013.

Willeford: Perry "Going After" UT-Austin, Powers

In an email blast to friends defending the University of Texas at Austin, Pamela Willeford, a former U.S. ambassador and a former chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, had sharp words for Gov. Rick Perry and his controversial higher ed adviser, Jeff Sandefer.

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.

Remade Higher Ed Board Reaching Out to Universities

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After surviving a difficult sunset review process, a somewhat remade Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board — which has gone from "an agency that authorizes and regulates to one that advises and recommends" — is reaching out to improve its relationships with the state's university systems.

As Sul Ross Enrollment Increases, So Does Faculty Pay

Faculty and staff at Sul Ross State University are looking forward to a 3 percent salary bump after the school hit its enrollment goals this year, a sign the university may be bouncing back from a slump. Enrollment at the West Texas university slid so low last year that it stirred discontent among some community leaders.

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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.

Job-Training Program Adjusts Amid Funding Cuts

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. 

Changes to B-On-Time Have Million-Dollar Consequences

In a session largely marked by unfinished business in higher education, tweaks to the B-On-Time Loan Program are among the more noteworthy accomplishments. The change could mean millions of dollars in savings for some universities — but millions in financial aid losses for others.

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.

The Texas Capitol on the opening day of the 83rd legislative session, Jan. 8, 2013.
The Texas Capitol on 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.

University Chancellors Seek Funding for Veteran Program

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State Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee sent university chancellors back to their budgets to determine the true cost of the Hazelwood Act and the Hazelwood Legacy Act, policies that exempt veterans or their dependents from tuition. University leaders appealed to lawmakers to fully-fund the state-mandated cost. 

Texas State University System Seal
Texas State University System Seal

Texas State Regent Nominee: Job Presents No Conflicts

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A Texas State University System Board of Regents nominee said Monday at a Senate committee hearing that his job as owner of the state's largest alternative teacher certification program would not conflict with his duties as a regent.

 

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.

Fred Heldenfels: The TT Interview

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The chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on recent criticism of the agency, its relationship with Texas community colleges and the future of higher education and financial aid in the state.

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.

Video: GenTX Campaign Targets College-Going Culture

Three key participants in "Generation Texas," an effort to improve the state's college-going culture, discuss the $3 million campaign — and their hopes for higher education attainment statewide. The state celebrates its second-ever "Generation Texas Day" on Friday.

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.