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2010 Conference Summary

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

2010 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference
Increasing Momentum Toward Success in Closing the Gaps

CONFERENCE SUMMARY


Monday, November 8, 2010
Day 1

NOTE: The orientation sessions on November 8, 2010, satisfied the training requirement for newly appointed regents (Texas Education Code Section 61.084, Training for Members of Governing Boards).

1:00 p.m.

Audio File

Welcome

Fred W. Heldenfels IV
Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

1:15 p.m.

Audio File

Texas Higher Education: Closing the Gaps by 2015

David W. Gardner
Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy/Chief Academic Officer, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The future economic growth of Texas, especially in the context of a globally developing economy, lies in the development of a well educated workforce. David Gardner will provide a summary of Texas demographics and an update on progress made toward Closing the Gaps by 2015, the state’s higher education plan.

Presentation

1:40 p.m.The Texas Public Higher Education Accountability System/Degree Program Development and Review
Audio File

Susan E. Brown
Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Audio File

Presentation

MacGregor M. Stephenson
Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs and Research, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

 

The Higher Education Accountability System is used to track performance on critical measures that exemplify higher education institutions' missions. The Accountability System is modeled on the state's higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, and has been in place for nearly seven years. Susan Brown will provide an overview of this system and how it is being used to better serve the needs of our state, communities, and students. MacGregor Stephenson will provide a summary explanation of the review of new and existing degree programs.

2:00 p.m.

Audio File

Effective Trusteeship, Ethics, and the Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest

Panel Facilitator:
William M. Franz, General Counsel, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Panelists:
Cullen M. "Mike" Godfrey, Chief Legal Officer, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Fernando C. Gomez, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University System

Governing Board members who serve public colleges and universities fulfill their considerable responsibilities in an increasingly complex legal environment. Panelists will provide an overview of open meetings and open records in Texas. They also will lead an interactive discussion about effective trusteeship, ethics, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest.

Handouts:

     • "Can I Take It?"
     • "Personal Financial Statement"
     • "Texas Ethics Commission Brochure"
     • "Texas Education Code 51.923"
     • "Texas Law on Pulic Board Member Duties and Ethics"
     • "Texas Ethics Advisory Opinions"
     • "Texas Government Code Chapter 572"
     • "Texas Public Information Act Made Easy"
     • "Texas Open Meetings Act Made Easy"
     • "Texas Conflict of Interest Laws Made Easy"
     • "A Guide to Ethics Laws for State Officers and Employees?"
3:00 p.m.

Break

 

3:15 p.m.

Audio File

Audio File

Funding Mechanisms for Texas Institutions of Higher Education

Jim Brunjes
Senior Vice Chancellor, Texas Tech University System; and Chair, General Academic Formula Advisory Committee

Presentation

Susan E. Brown
Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Most state funds appropriated each biennium to public higher education institutions are distributed by the Legislature through funding formulas designed to allocate the funds equitably among institutions. The Texas Education Code and General Appropriations Act direct the Coordinating Board to review and recommend changes to these formulas. Jim Brunjes will provide an overview of these funding mechanisms for public universities and health science centers; Susan Brown will provide an overview of these funding mechanisms for public community and technical colleges.

Presentation

 

4:15 p.m.
Audio File
"What I Wish I Had Known as a New Governing Board Member” – Panel Discussion

Panel Facilitator:
Harold W. Hahn, Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Panelists: Carol Carlson Gunn, Chair of the Board of Regents, Midwestern State University
Allen H. Kaplan, Chair, Community College Association of Texas Trustees; and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Austin Community College District
Carroll Robertson Ray, Chair of the Board of Regents, University of Houston System

Governing board members face an increasingly complicated political, economic, and social environment. Panelists are governing board members from Texas institutions of higher education who will discuss the biggest concerns of new regents and trustees, relations among governing board members and senior administrators, and evaluation of board and executive performance.

 

5:00 p.m.
Audio File
Concluding Remarks

Fred W. Heldenfels IV
Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

5:15 p.m.

Adjournment

 

6:00 p.m.Reception
7:00 p.m.
Audio File
Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Stan Jones
President, Complete College America

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Day 2

8:00 a.m.

Audio File

Welcome

Fred W. Heldenfels IV
Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

8:15 a.m.
Audio File
The Relationship between Postsecondary Education and Opportunity

Anthony P. Carnevale
President and Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (will participate via the Internet)

The increasing importance of education and training beyond high school in allocating economic opportunity results from broad social and economic trends. Anthony Carnevale will consider the importance of postsecondary competencies and awards as the threshold requirement for middle-class earnings and status today.

Handout

8:45 a.m.
Audio File
The Value and Importance of Student Success – The Legislative Perspective

The Honorable Ken Armbrister, Legislative Director for the Office of the Governor, Former Member, Texas Senate and Texas House of Representatives, from Victoria, will provide a legislative perspective on the value and importance of efforts to increase student success in postsecondary education in Texas.

9:30 a.m.
Audio File
The Value and Importance of Student Success – State, National, and International Perspectives

Panel Facilitator: Elaine Mendoza, Vice Chair, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Panelists: Stan Jones, President, Complete College America
Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education
Woody Hunt, Chairman of the Governor’s Business Council; and Chairman & CEO, Hunt Companies, Inc.

Panelists will discuss state, national, and international perspectives on the value and importance of increasing student success in postsecondary education.

Presentation

 

10:15 a.m.

Break

 

10:35 a.m.

Audio File

Encouraging Student Success – Institutional Perspectives

Panel Facilitator:
Harold W. Hahn, Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Panelists:
Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College District
Robert Nelsen, President, University of Texas Pan American
Roberto Zárate, Trustee, The Alamo Colleges

Panelists will discuss efforts underway and those being planned to increase postsecondary student success at their institutions.

Handout

 

11:15 a.m.

 

 

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions of the Productivity Agenda (Concurrent Sessions)

The Productivity Agenda consists of three major initiatives that rely on the state, institutions, and students to share responsibility for improving outcomes in higher education. The challenges Texas faces are tough, but the Productivity Agenda is designed to meet them head-on and propel the state forward in higher education. The initiatives adopted, and investments made, during the 82nd Legislative Session will help determine the state’s trajectory toward 2015 and beyond.

Roundtable #1 – On Cost-Efficiency Initiatives
Roundtable Facilitator:
Fred W. Heldenfels IV, Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Coordinating Board is recommending a series of cost-efficiency strategies to help reduce the cost of higher education to the state and students. Higher education institutions must become even better stewards of the state’s resources and do so in ways that maintain a high level of quality.

Handout

 

Roundtable #2 – On the TEXAS Grant Priority Model
Roundtable Facilitators:
Arturo Alonzo, Jr., Deputy Commissioner for Business and Finance/Chief Operating Officer, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Dan Weaver, Assistant Commissioner, Business and Support Services, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Coordinating Board is recommending raising the standards on academic performance for needy students who qualify financially for a TEXAS Grant. Investment by students in their academics must be commensurate with the state’s investment in the students, especially with limited resources for state financial aid programs.

Presentation

 

Roundtable #3 – On Outcomes-Based Formula Funding*
Roundtable Facilitators:
Susan E. Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Lone Star Room)
Gary W. Johnstone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Treaty Oak Room)

The Coordinating Board is recommending an alignment of formula funding with student outcomes for universities and community colleges. The state must invest at levels to accommodate enrollment growth across all sectors of higher education. However, the state’s investment must be met by institutions returning better results as measured by more degrees and credentials.

Presentation

Handout

 

12:00 p.m.
Audio File

 

Audio File

Luncheon, Keynote Speaker, and 2010 Star Awards Ceremony

Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education “The State of Higher Education in Texas”

 

Texas Higher Education Star Awards Ceremony

2010 Star Awards Winners and Finalists

  

 2:00 p.m.

Adjournment of Higher Education Leadership Conference

 

 

 

 


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