Tribpedia: Raymund Paredes

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Raymund Paredes is the Texas commissioner of higher education. Appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2004, he oversees the daily operations of the state Higher Education Coordinating Board, including finances, academic planning and policy.

Paredes is a former University of California, Los Angeles English professor and vice chancellor for academic development. He also was a special assistant to the president ...

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Momentum for Four-Year Degrees at Community Colleges

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.

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.

A Tesla Model S. The California-based electric automaker had considered Texas for its $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory. The company is also hoping to sell cars in Texas but does not have required franchise dealerships, as state law requires.
A Tesla Model S. The California-based electric automaker had considered Texas for its $5 billion lithium-ion battery factory. The company is also hoping to sell cars in Texas but does not have required franchise dealerships, as state law requires.

The Brief: Tesla Execs Hold Secret Meeting in San Antonio

Executives with the electric carmaker Tesla Motors met on Wednesday with government officials in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Express-News, a development sure to spur further talk about Texas' odds of landing the company's $5 billion battery plant.

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.

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.

Gov. Rick Perry after signing House Bill 5, an education reform bill, before a crowd in the Governor's Reception Room on June 10, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry after signing House Bill 5, an education reform bill, before a crowd in the Governor's Reception Room on June 10, 2013.

Perry Signs High School Curriculum, Testing Bill

Gov. Rick Perry signed House Bill 5 on Monday, ending weeks of speculation that he might veto the high-profile education legislation that adjusts high school graduation standards. The governor said the measure reflected an "appropriate balance between a need for rigorous academics and flexibility" and had "come a long way" to address the concerns of its critics.

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.

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.

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 Officials Tout Student Loan Amendment

Higher education officials are making the case for passing an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would allow the state to continue its low-interest student loan program.

Carlos Handy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics  at Texas Southern University, teach a Physics 2 class in Houston Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
Carlos Handy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at Texas Southern University, teach a Physics 2 class in Houston Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

Budget Woes, Calls for Efficiency Imperil Physics

Budget cuts have placed a premium on efficiency-boosting measures, which is why the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is working to eliminate degree programs with low enrollment — like physics. Critics, including many professors, say that could do lasting harm to the state.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/25/11

Aaronson examines the Texas jobs "miracle," Root on how Rick Perry built his financial portfolio, Tan and Wiseman on Perry vs. Ron Paul, Philpott on how budget cuts will affect a mental health provider, yours truly on a House freshman who was less than impressed with his first legislative experience, M. Smith on public schools charging for things that used to be free, Hamilton on a new call to reinvent higher education, Grissom on a rare stay of execution, Galbraith on the end of a Panhandle wind program, Aguilar on the increase of legal immigration into the U.S. and Texas: The best of our best content from July 25 to 29, 2011.

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.

Paredes: "We Need to Reinvent Public Higher Ed"

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said Tuesday that the state was coming to "the painful realization that improving access is not enough" and that the time had come to "reinvent public higher education."

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Raymund Paredes sits in the Senate gallery awaiting the end of the session on May 30, 2011.
Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Raymund Paredes sits in the Senate gallery awaiting the end of the session on May 30, 2011.

Switch to Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding Taking Time

During the regular session, Gov. Rick Perry’s top legislative priority for higher education was the implementation of a new financing system that rewards universities for graduating more students, not just for getting students into classes. But policy makers have struggled to agree on which outcomes to measure, how to encourage them and if they should alter the funding formulas while budgets are being slashed.

State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, listens to a colleague while discussing SB5 on April 28, 2011.
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, listens to a colleague while discussing SB5 on April 28, 2011.

Zaffirini and Powell Escalate Texas Higher Ed Fight

An increasingly bitter disagreement over the future of the University of Texas at Austin between University of Texas System regents' chairman Gene Powell and state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, is ratcheting up the ongoing debate surrounding higher education in Texas.

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.

Raymund Paredes: $10,000 Degrees "Entirely Feasible"

At a board meeting of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on Wednesday, Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said that $10,000 bachelor's degrees — books included — as proposed by Gov. Rick Perry are "entirely feasible."

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.

Texas Higher Ed Coordinating Board Releases Almanac

Which public university in Texas has the lowest average student SAT scores? Which is the whitest? Which has the highest graduation rate? Yesterday, questions such as these required a bit — maybe even a lot — of digging. Starting today, the answers (in order: Texas Southern University, Texas A&M University at Galveston and University of Texas at Austin) can be found easily in a new almanac.

At Texas' Abilene Christian, Digital Age Under Way

“The entering freshman class in 2011 will have several interesting traits," Abilene Christian University officials noted in a 2006 report, "not the least of which is that they were born the same year the Internet became mainstream." In the five years since, the small, private West Texas university has transformed itself into perhaps the most technologically innovative campus in the state. 

State Leaders Propose Priority Model for TEXAS Grants

With the threat of massive budget cuts looming on the horizon, state higher education leaders are looking for ways to get more out of what few dollars they may ultimately get to spend. One program that may see some changes is the Toward Excellence, Access, and Success Grant program, the state’s largest financial aid program.

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.

Raymund Paredes Proposes New Funding Formula

Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes wants to change the way public universities and colleges are funded in Texas. Today, at a meeting of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, he will lay out his latest plan to do just that.

The 37 Interviews We've Conducted ... So Far

Not to be-Labor the point, but on this Day when we pause to celebrate the men and women of Texas (and elsewhere) who work for a living, we thought we'd show off the sweat and toil of our crack interviewers. Nearly every Trib reporter has sat down with a few of the most interesting and newsworthy Texans over the last few months: current and former elected officials, authors and activists, operatives and candidates, and policy wonks of all types and stripes. Thus far we've conducted 37 so-called "TT Interviews" (a respectful riff on the Rolling Stone Interviews that many of us grew up reading) and presented them as audio, video, a transcript or some combination of the above. This non-narrative form is an effective and compelling way to tell the unfiltered stories of Texas politics, public policy and government; enjoy. And happy holiday.