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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Coalition Welcomes UT System Regent Appointments
The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement following the announcement by Governor Greg Abbott that he had reappointed UT System Regent and Vice Chairman of the Board Steve Hicks, and appointed two new members to the Board, Sara Martinez Tucker and David Beck:
“We congratulate Gov. Abbott on regent selections that will help move The University of Texas System forward. We commend the reappointment of Regent Hicks, who has been a strong and positive leader on the board, and look forward to the new ideas, insights and experiences that Sara Martinez Tucker and David Beck will bring to the Board of Regents. Coupled with the new leadership provided by Chancellor McRaven, these appointments signal a new era of collaboration, cooperation and excellence for the System. We urge the Senate Committee on Nominations to move swiftly on confirmations.”Continue reading
Welcoming Chancellor McRaven
On Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 Bill McRaven took thelm as chancellor of The University of Texas System. In an open letter he laid out his vision for the System. The Coalition welcomed Admiral McRaven, issuing the following statement:
“This week marks a new and exciting era for The University of Texas System, highlighted by the statesmanlike and visionary leadership of Chancellor Bill McRaven. In an open letter on his first day in office, Chancellor McRaven has set the tone for a tenure marked by teamwork, excellence in education and research, and an adherence to good governance principles.
“His focused, collaborative and no-nonsense approach creates an environment that encourages the System’s institutions to get back to the business of teaching and research, and move away from the discord and controversy in which they have too often been embroiled, especially UT Austin.Continue reading