Despite Success, Some Shortcomings in Texas Higher Ed

For nearly 14 years, the state’s higher education policy has been guided by a plan, adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, called “Closing the Gaps by 2015.” As the name suggests, time is running short.  

Many of those who have tracked the progress of the plan, which was designed to bring the state’s higher education performance up to par with — not move it ahead of — comparable states, credit it with pushing back a discouraging tide.

“It is unquestionably a success overall,” said Fred Heldenfels, who recently cycled off the coordinating board after serving ...

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