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Creating Leaders, Encouraging Innovation, Promoting Excellence

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education is a group of concerned citizens who believe strongly in the power of higher education to transform lives, build our economy and shape Texas’ future. We believe a great university is an incubator of knowledge and creativity. It fuels discovery, and marries research with enhanced classroom teaching, learning, and hands-on experience. It also serves as an economic engine bringing in millions in research and development dollars, new businesses and industries, creating jobs and economic opportunity throughout Texas.

We believe we need to create high quality pathways to higher learning with partnerships linking the flagship universities with high schools, community colleges, technical schools and Tier One institutions, to ensure our educational system meets the diverse and growing needs of our population. In an increasingly global economy, future leaders must be challenged to think differently and consider the implications of diverse cultures, histories and traditions. Well-rounded and informed students are critical to keeping Texas and America competitive and attracting jobs and employers to our state.

Advocates for Texas' Future

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education is a group of volunteer advocates who believe the pursuit of knowledge must be a state and national priority. At a time when America’s ability to compete and lead the world is at risk, the research conducted, innovations developed, and resulting improved teaching at Texas’ higher education institutions are more important than ever before. We hope to advance a thoughtful, constructive and transparent dialogue around these important issues for all Texans.

Our Call to Action

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education was necessitated by the strong belief that there is a right way to improve higher education and that there is a wrong way that could have long-term damaging effects on our institutions of higher learning, our state's economy and on our future. Current recommendations being floated - from dramatically expanding enrollment while slashing tuition to separating research and teaching budgets, and seceding from a recognized and respected accreditation organization - are decidedly the wrong way. We believe our public university presidents and chancellors have earned our support with their ongoing commitment to a culture of excellence and continual innovation, while also working to cut operating costs and institute reforms. We also believe it is critical to regularly and openly evaluate the performance of our universities, and do so in a public and transparent way.

This website is intended to be a place for the latest news and information on the debate over high-quality higher education in Texas and for the exchange of open constructive dialogue about continued improvements.

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  • UT presidential search committee members named

    The University of Texas System on Monday announced the members of a search committee to recommend possible successors to UT-Austin President Bill Powers. Pedro Reyes, an executive vice chancellor at the system, and Larry Faulkner, a former UT-Austin president, were previously named as co-chairs of the panel.
     
    Here's the system's news release: UT Austin Presidential Search Advisory Committee named
    AUSTIN – A committee to advise The University of Texas System Board of Regents on the selection of a president for UT Austin was announced today (Sept. 15) by Regents’ Chairman Paul Foster. The UT Austin presidential search advisory committee will make recommendations on possible successors to President Bill Powers, who announced he will step down on June 5 as the institution’s president. The advisory committee will be asked to present names of potential candidates to the board, which will make the final decision.
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  • Texas A&M hires second firm in search for new president

    Texas A&M has hired a second company to aid in its hunt for a new president and doesn't expect a candidate to be selected until at least the end of the year. Faculty Senate Speaker Jim Woosley relayed that message from Interim President Mark Hussey to the group of professors Monday, saying that the additional firm will assist Korn Ferry International in its search that recently passed its one-year mark. Steve Moore, vice chancellor of marketing and communications for the Texas A&M University System, confirmed the remarks and said the school hired executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.
     
    The A&M system hired Korn Ferry in August last year to guide a nine-person search committee for a fee of $135,000 plus one-third of the amount the next president's annual salary. The committee must present a minimum of three recommended candidates to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, according to previous Eagle interviews.
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