Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
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).
Fred W. Heldenfels IV
Texas Higher Education: Closing the Gaps by 2015
David W. Gardner
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.
|1:40 p.m.||The Texas Public Higher Education Accountability System/Degree Program Development and Review|
Susan E. Brown
MacGregor M. Stephenson
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.
|Effective Trusteeship, Ethics, and the Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest |
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?"
Funding Mechanisms for Texas Institutions of Higher Education
Susan E. Brown
|4:15 p.m.||"What I Wish I Had Known as a New Governing Board Member” – Panel Discussion |
Panelists: Carol Carlson Gunn, Chair of the Board of Regents, Midwestern State University
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.||Concluding Remarks |
Fred W. Heldenfels IV
|7:00 p.m.||Dinner and Keynote Speaker |
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Fred W. Heldenfels IV
|8:15 a.m.||The Relationship between Postsecondary Education and Opportunity |
Anthony P. Carnevale
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.
|8:45 a.m.||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.||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
Panelists will discuss state, national, and international perspectives on the value and importance of increasing student success in postsecondary education.
|Encouraging Student Success – Institutional Perspectives |
Panelists will discuss efforts underway and those being planned to increase postsecondary student success at their institutions.
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
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.
Roundtable #2 – On the TEXAS Grant Priority Model
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.
Roundtable #3 – On Outcomes-Based Formula Funding*
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.
|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
Adjournment of Higher Education Leadership Conference