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Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies

On September 9, 2009, Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order RP 73 which directs the Coordinating Board, in cooperation with Texas public institutions of higher education to undertake a broad and comprehensive review of system-wide opportunities for achieving cost efficiencies, including, but not limited to:

  • state funding based on student course completion;
  • restructuring the state’s financial aid programs to improve administrative efficiencies and to provide financial aid to students who work hard to academically prepare for college;
  • academic program consolidation and elimination of programs that produce relatively few graduates;
  • faculty workload;
  • articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions;
  • distance learning;
  • alternatives to creating new campuses;
  • course redesign to improve quality and reduce instructional costs for more courses;
  • cooperative, cross-system contracting and purchasing;
  • space utilization;
  • energy use; and
  • cost of instructional materials.

In addition, the 81st Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4149 by Representative Patrick Rose which directs the Coordinating Board to conduct a study to identify achievable cost-saving measures in the management and operation of institutions of higher education, including the use and availability of electronic textbooks.

The Coordinating Board created the Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies comprised of higher education and business leaders to undertake these mandates. The Advisory Committee held its first organizational meeting on December 3, 2009 and will meet once a month in Austin according to the schedule which can be accessed further below. The Coordinating Board will have its final recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by November 1, 2010.

For additional information about the Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies, please contact Dr. David Gardner, Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy, at david.gardner@thecb.state.tx.us.

Report of the THECB to the Governor on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies

Report of the THECB to the Governor on the Survey on Institutional Implementation of Cost Efficiencies

Executive Order RP 73

HB 4149

Members and Bios

Schedule of Meetings

Presentation Schedule

Meeting Agendas and Materials (Webcasts of the 2010 meetings are available at: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/Events/

Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference Presentations and Briefs

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