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.
The Governor’s University Research Initiative
Today, on the occasion of Governor Abbott’s announcement re: The Governor’s University Research Initiative, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:
“The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education applauds Governor Abbott’s commitment to higher education research. The Governor's University Research Initiative is an important tool for universities to attract and retain talented faculty who will draw research dollars to our state. As evidenced by last week’s announcement that four new Texas institutions were added to the prestigious list of Carnegie ‘Tier One’ institutions, Texas is a research state on the rise and we must ensure our institutions have the necessary resources to continue this ascent. Research contributes to our economy, sparks new discoveries and innovations that enrich our lives, and helps ensure a deeper, more meaningful educational experience for Texas students. When Texas research institutions win, all Texans win.”
February 10, 2016Continue reading
New Carnegie Foundation “Tier One” designations for four Texas schools dominated state higher ed news this week. The prestigious designation of "R-1: Doctoral Universities-Highest Research Activity" is based primarily on a school’s research and development expenditures and doctoral activity, is afforded to only 115 schools nationwide and until this year Texas had just four – Texas A&M, UT Austin, Rice and U of H. That number doubled when Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas were added to the roster this week.Continue reading