FROM THE COALITION

Business leaders, philanthropists, engaged students, interested alumni and everyday citizens have weighed in on this debate. Take a look at some of the letters and opinion editorials that these passionate advocates for high-quality higher education have to say about this issue.

Coalition Calls on Legislature to Vote for Texas' Future, Not Shortchange Higher Education

April 04, 2017
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Statement on Gov. Abbott's Regent Nominees

January 23, 2017
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Five Years Strong, Coalition Sees Ongoing Need to Fight for Quality, Excellence and Investment at Texas Institutions

June 16, 2016
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Coalition Statement on Inauguration of UT Austin President Fenves

September 16, 2015
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Coalition Responds to Regent Hall Lawsuit

June 24, 2015
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Latest Updates

  • The Board is Fantastic

    This week the UT System Board of Regents met for a retreat and among the anticipated topics of discussion was the future of the System’s chancellor, Bill McRaven. McRaven is nearing the end of a three-year contract and his future with the System has been uncertain. “A majority of the board wants a smaller, leaner system,” said Regent R. Steven Hicks recently. “Hopefully it’s something Chancellor McRaven can support. I think he’s a world-class leader, and I’m hopeful we can all come to mutual agreement on where we want the UT System to go.” Chancellor’s Council member, Gordon Appleman, recently told the Statesman that McRaven “brings credibility and innovative thought and courage to the job that’s absolutely needed.” The board adjourned on Thursday, however, without discussing the matter. The “board is fantastic” McRaven told reporters after the meeting ended. “We have not had a discussion … That will come in time.”

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  • Enrollment Up ... And Down

    “It's a good time to be a Texas college or university.” That was the analysis of the San Antonio Express-News data team, which took a look at a new study showing Texas’ higher education enrollment had increased by 3.75 percent from just two years ago. Texas is said to be “bucking” a national trend, which saw universities in Michigan, New York and California losing between 18,000 and 20,000 students each. Changes in the national birth rate mean most states will continue to lose students as the college age population shrinks. But not Texas. “By 2020, there will be about 3,000 fewer public high school graduates than there were in 2013,” according to one study cited in a Houston Chronicle article. “But in that time period, the number of public high school graduates in Texas is projected to grow by several percentage points per year, amounting to a 22.6 percent growth between the 2011-12 academic year and 2024-25.”

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