Back in Session
This week the Texas Legislature gaveled in the 83rd Legislative Session and higher education will be one of the top agenda items discussed, debated and legislated during this Session. Cost, accessibility and quality are all topics of discussion, as well as the potential appointment of 16 regents to Texas university systems. Texas, of course, isn’t the only state where higher education is a hot topic. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities this week issued a report on the “Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2013.” The full report can be viewed here, but the issues range from state support to college readiness and online education. Many of these same issues continue to dominate discussions in Texas. The Coalition will continue to be a thoughtful voice in any debate on higher education as we have since our inception in June of 2011. We believe in the critical importance of both teaching and research, we promote quality in higher education, and we support university leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to a culture of excellence and continual innovation. We also support the efforts of those universities that are working to achieve Tier One status, which would bring additional research and development capabilities, and create jobs and economic opportunity throughout Texas. This legislative session we will champion those efforts to improve quality education for Texas students and criticize any so-called “reforms” that will undermine the quality and integrity of our universities, especially our Tier One institutions.
Coalition Applauds Selection of Greg Fenves to Lead UT Austin
The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement after the UT System Board of Regents selected Gregory L. Fenves, the current provost and executive vice president of UT Austin, as the sole finalist to replace outgoing UT Austin President Bill Powers:
“Greg Fenves will be an excellent president for The University of Texas at Austin. We applaud Chancellor McRaven, members of the UT System Board of Regents, and the entire search committee for a thorough, diligent process and an outstanding selection. Fenves will take over at a critical time for UT Austin. His leadership, intellect and passion will well serve the campus community, and the people of Texas whose lives are impacted daily by the research and teaching that take place on this UT campus. His deep knowledge of the campus, his rapport with faculty, students and alumni, and his impeccable academic credentials combine to make him the perfect choice to lead the next era of excellence for UT Austin.”Continue reading
Coalition Applauds Passage of UT System Regent Nominees
AUSTIN—The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement following Senate confirmation of David Beck, Steve Hicks and Sara Martinez Tucker to serve on the UT System Board of Regents:
“We congratulate Governor Abbott for appointing these outstanding nominees to the UT System Board of Regents, and applaud the Senate for swiftly approving them. Regents Beck, Hicks and Martinez Tucker each bring judgment, experience, intellect and passion to the Board of Regents, and we look forward to a new path forward with their leadership.Continue reading