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Texas Higher Education Star Award - 2016

 


Purpose of the Texas Higher Education Star Award  

The Texas Higher Education Star Award was originally established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2001 to recognize exceptional contributions toward achieving one or more of the goals of the former long-range Texas higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, which brought Texas from 2000 to 2015. The state’s new higher education plan, 60x30TX, adopted by the Coordinating Board on July 23, 2015, builds on the success of Closing the Gaps and is designed to establish a globally competitive workforce in Texas by 2030. 

Given the success of the Star Award program, the program is being continued, albeit with revised guidelines to recognize exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of the new Texas higher education plan. As with the original Star Award for Closing the Gaps program, recipients will receive a custom-designed award and public recognition for their efforts in the fall at the annual Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference.  

Nominations and Applications for the Texas Higher Education Star Award  

Each year, nominations and subsequent applications for the Star Award are accepted by the Coordinating Board from eligible institutions across Texas. After an initial review by an internal Coordinating Board staff committee, a select group of applicants are named finalists. An External Review Panel, consisting of three Coordinating Board members, three Texas business and community leaders, and three out-of-state higher education experts, review the applications of all finalists and determine which of these finalists will be honored with the Star Award on the basis of criteria established for the Star Award. 

Important Dates for the 2016 Star Award  

Nominations due: June 13, 2016
Applications due: July 18, 2016
Finalists notified: September 15, 2016
Winners honored: 2016 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference 

For eligibility information, criteria, and the review process for the 2016 Star Award, please see 2016 Star Awards Guidelines.  

Previous Winners and Finalists  

For more information, please contact: 

Mary E. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Mary.Smith@thecb.state.tx.us
(512) 427-6213  

Mary Mitchell
Administrative Assistant for Academic Planning and Policy

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
mary.mitchell@thecb.state.tx.us
(512) 427-6566


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