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 ...

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

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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.

Larry Faulkner and George Grainger: The TT Interview

The former University of Texas president and the Houston Endowment's director of research and planning on why new measurements for educational success are necessary and the troubling education situation in Texas. And the former UT president shares his thoughts about the education reform debate.

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.

Sam Houston State Sees Payoff With Advising Center

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A mere 30 percent of students who enroll as freshmen at Sam Houston State in Hunstville graduate in four years. But that is a big step up from where the university was a decade ago, and a nationally recognized advising center is given credit for the strides.

Texas Higher Ed Coalition Gathers in Austin

The state's higher education reform debate may have cooled, but the discussion hasn't frozen. The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education is meeting right now in Austin — and they say they're not giving up the fight.

UTEP Seeks Success Beyond Graduation Rate

The University of Texas at El Paso's graduation rates are among the worst in the state: Just 10 percent of its students get their degrees within four years. But President Diana Natalicio is adamant that the metric doesn't accurately reflect the institution.

Four-Year Graduation Rates Lag, But Do They Matter?

The four-year graduation rates at Texas' public universities are staggeringly low. State officials acknowledge the numbers are dismal and are working to improve them. But not all higher ed leaders buy into the notion that such metrics matter.

University of Houston-Victoria campus.
University of Houston-Victoria campus.

Philip Castille: The TT Interview

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The president of the University of Houston-Victoria on leaving his position in Hawaii for a campus that has been the focus of much local controversy. He talked to the Tribune about whether the university will remain in the UH System, its role in the state's higher education landscape and how it is responding to Texas' workforce needs.

University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011
University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011

UT's Powers Responds to Obama's Affordability Push

In a Friday morning speech at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, President Obama addressed the issues college affordability and higher education reforms. University of Texas president Bill Powers says he supports Obama's push toward performance-based funding, but he says the devil will be in the details.

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President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Texas State Relishes New Status, Focuses on Future

Texas State University President Denise Trauth expects the institution's new emerging research classification to enhance its reputation and help in the recruitment of students and faculty. But it's also a ticket to join a race to become the state's next great public research university. And with that comes significant infusions of money.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/9/12

Tan and Root on the Texas presidential candidates returning to the state where Rick Perry started his campaign, Philpott on Perry's swipes at Mitt Romney, Ramshaw on Griffin Perry's tweets, M. Smith on the next round of fights over student testing, E. Smith's TribLive interview with Michael Quinn Sullivan, yours truly on the sliding primary election calendar, Hamilton on higher-education efforts to bolster the Texas work force, Grissom's interview with John Raley, Galbraith on the greenhouse gas wars and Aguilar on making it easier for immigrants to return to the U.S.: The best of our best content from January 9 to 13, 2012.

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.

Texas Colleges Aim to Get in Sync With Labor Market

As the economy begins to show signs of life, efforts are under way at two-year colleges across Texas to make the state's higher ed offerings more responsive to the labor market. And some Texas leaders are trying to reverse the trend toward encouraging students to attain the highest degree possible.

Texas State Upgraded to Emerging Research Status

There are now eight Texas universities vying to be the state's next tier-one university. Texas State University-San Marcos has officially been reclassified as an "emerging research university," making it eligible for the state-sanctioned competition designed to grow the next great public research university in Texas.

UT-Austin Prepares for Fight Over Tuition Increases

Is UT the new Wall Street? A group of students taking their cues from the worldwide Occupy movement is preparing for a battle with University of Texas System regents over proposed tuition increases. It's the latest development in a brewing showdown that has forces from both the left and the right taking aim at university administrators.

TribYear: Top Texas News of 2011

In the spirit of TribWeek and TribMonth, we present TribYear: 10 of our best stories of 2011 — from the budget-whacking legislative session to emergency room mistakes, education accountability and a Williamson County man exonerated after spending nearly 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for his wife's murder.

Stefanie Lindquist, Interim Dean of the University of Texas School of Law with William Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin - Dec. 14, 2011
Stefanie Lindquist, Interim Dean of the University of Texas School of Law with William Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin - Dec. 14, 2011

UT Law School Interim Dean Prioritizes Salary Equity

Nearly a week after faculty unrest led to the sudden ousting of Dean Larry Sager from the University of Texas School of Law, his interim replacement told the Tribune one of her top priorities will be a review of faculty compensation.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/5/11

Root on Rick Perry's controversial new ad, Tan on the fallout, Aaronson's map of where the food stamps go, my interview with Stephen Colbert's campaign finance lawyer, Aguilar on the drop in the number of illegal immigrants crossing into Texas, Hamilton on the growth of unregulated colleges, Galbraith's interview with S. David Freeman on the environmental failures of public power, Grissom on the newest state agency and and Hamilton and M. Smith on a sudden change at the top of UT's law school: The best of our best content from December 5 to 9, 2011.