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2008 Conference Summary


Day 1 - December 1, 2008
12:30 p.m.Registration
1:00 p.m.
Audio File
Welcome
Fred W. Heldenfels IV
Vice Chair, 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,
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The prosperity that Texas has been enjoying could spiral downward if steps are not taken to ensure an educated population and workforce for the future of our state. Dr. 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.
Audio File
The Texas Public Higher Education Accountability System
Susan E. Brown
Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability,
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Performance and Accountability System for public higher education makes data available for Texas' public universities, colleges, and health-related institutions. The Accountability System has been in place for nearly five 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.

Presentation

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, General Counsel, Texas A&M University System
  • Fernando C. Gomez, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University System

Panelists will provide an overview of open meetings and open records in Texas. They will lead an interactive discussion about effective trusteeship, ethics, and the avoidance of conflicts of interest.

3:00 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m.
Audio File
Show Me the Money: Funding Mechanisms for Texas Institutions
Jesse W. Rogers, Ph.D.
President, Midwestern State University
Chairman, University Formula Advisory Committee,
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 directs the Coordinating Board to review and recommend changes to these formulas. Diebel will provide a summary of these funding mechanisms for public institutions in Texas.

4:00 p.m.
Audio File
"What I Wish I Had Known as a New Governing Board Member" - Panel Discussion
Panel Facilitator: Laurie Bricker, Board Member, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Panelists:
  • Harry L. Crumpacker, Chairman, Board of Regents, Texas Woman's University
  • Carroll Robertson Ray, Member, Board of Regents, University of Houston System
  • Roberto Zárate, Member, Board of Trustees, Alamo Community College District

Governing board members who serve public colleges and universities fulfill their considerable responsibilities in an increasing complex political, economic, and social environment. Panelists will include 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
Raymund A. Paredes,Ph.D.
Commissioner of Higher Education
5:15 p.m.Adjournment
6:00 p.m.Reception
7:00 p.m.
Audio File
Dinner and Keynote Speaker
David Spence, Ph.D.
President, Southern Regional Education Board


Day 2 - December 2, 2008
8:00 a.m.
Audio File
Welcome
Fred W. Heldenfels IV
Vice Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
8:15 a.m.
Audio File
The Coordinating Board's Key Recommendations for the 81st Texas Legislature
Raymund A. Paredes, Ph.D., Commissioner of Higher Education;
Fred W. Heldenfels IV, Vice Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Elaine Mendoza, Board Secretary,Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Board is grateful for the steadfast support of the Texas Legislature for higher education and the students of Texas, especially in tough economic times. Without that support, Texas would not be as close as it is to reaching the goals of the state's higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, and could not continue that progress as effectively. Dr. Paredes and members of the Coordinating Board will discuss the key recommendations that encompass the priorities and strategies that the Coordinating Board believes will best enable the 81st Texas Legislature to leverage the state's investments in higher education and ultimately reach the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015.

Presentation

9:00 a.m.
Audio File
The Legislative Agenda for Higher Education in Texas
The Honorable Steve Ogden
Texas State Senator, District 5
Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee

Senator Steve Ogden is a Leader on budget issues, school finance, and higher education funding. He has worked to raise the overall quality of education in Texas. He has strived to ensure that Texas institutions of higher education are providing students the best chance at a better life.

10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.
Audio File
Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
Richard J. Shavelson, Ph.D.
Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University

Higher education institutions and policy makers are seeking ways to measure institutional effectiveness by gathering quality student learning assessment data. In his presentation, Dr. Shavelson will clarify assessment terms such as learning, achievement, and value added; provide a brief history of the assessment of learning in higher education; provide examples of alternative learning assessments available today; and highlight the newest of them, The Collegiate Learning Assessment. Dr. Shavelson's research spans and integrates student learning, teaching and assessment, and various aspects of measurement and validity theory.

Presentation 1
Presentation 2

11:15 a.m. Breakout Question and Answer Sessions

Q & A: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
(Location: Capitol Ballroom B)
  • Richard J. Shavelson, Ph.D., Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Stanford University
Q & A: Navigating the Texas Public Higher Education Accountability System
(Location: Capitol View Terrace North)
  • David W. Gardner, Ph.D., Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Susan E. Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Q & A: Being an Ethical and Effective Governing Board Member
(Location: Capitol View Terrace South)
  • William M. Franz, General Counsel, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Fernando C. Gomez, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University System
  • Cullen M. "Mike" Godfrey, Chief Legal Officer, Texas A&M University Health Science Center (by conference call)
12:00 noon
Audio File

Luncheon, Keynote Speakers, and 2008 Star Awards Ceremony
Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education
"The State of Higher Education"

Texas Higher Education Star Awards Ceremony

Presentation

2:00 p.m.Adjournment
2:05 p.m.Formal Photo Sessions for 2008 Star Award Winners

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