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2007 Conference Summary


Day 1 - October 29, 2007
12:30 p.m.Registration
1:00 p.m.
Audio File
Welcome
A.W. "Whit" Riter
Vice 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, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The prosperity that Texas has been enjoying from its diverse and vibrant economy 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
1:45p.m.
Audio File
How the Texas State University System is Using the Texas Public Higher Education Accountability System for Improvement
Kenneth R. Craycraft, Ed.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Texas State University System

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 four years. It is now time to focus on one of the original purposes of the system: using the accountability process to improve our higher education administration, institutions, and programs. Dr. Craycraft will provide an overview of this system and how it is being used by the Texas State University System 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 Panelists will include attorneys from Texas institutions who 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.
  • 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
    • Robert J. Young, Legal Counsel, Dallas County Community College District

    Panelists will include attorneys from Texas institutions of higher education who 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.

    Presentation

    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:
    • Gayle W. Strange; Chair, Board of Regents; University of North Texas System
    • Ronald B. Walker; Vice President, Board of Trustees; The Victoria College
    • Welcome W. Wilson, Sr.; Chairman, Board of Regents; University of Houston System

    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. 
    Questions, Answers, and Concluding Discussion
    A.W. "Whit" Riter
    Vice 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
    M. Ray Perryman, Ph.D.
    President of the Perryman Group


    Day 2 - October 30, 2007
    8:30 a.m.
    Audio File
    Welcome
    A.W. "Whit" Riter
    Vice Chairman, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    8:35a.m. 
    The P-16 Public and Higher Education Partnership
    Raymund A. Paredes, Ph.D., Commissioner of Higher Education;
    Members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

    A strong partnership between higher education and P-12 is fundamental to achieving the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the state's higher education plan. The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board have been charged by the Texas Legislature with adopting a comprehensive college readiness and success strategic action plan designed to increase college readiness and decrease developmental coursework in college. Dr. Paredes and Coordinating Board members will provide a brief overview of several new promising initiatives intended to enhance students' preparation for and success in college.

    9:00 a.m.
    Audio File
    Improving College Readiness and Success for All Students
    David T. Conley, Ph.D.
    Director of the Center for Educational Policy Research
    Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership
    University of Oregon

    There is widespread agreement among policymakers, the business community, and education leaders that we must raise the educational achievement of our population. However, getting admitted to college is not the most difficult hurdle. Many high school students prepare for college, but they are often surprised by the knowledge and skills expected by university professors. Dr. David T. Conley, who is facilitating the development of Texas College Readiness Standards, recently directed a threeyear project sponsored by the Association of American Universities and the Pew Charitable Trusts to determine what cognitive skills and subject area knowledge college-bound students need to master to succeed in college. Dr. Conley will provide an overview of the Standards for Success project that offers college readiness resources to assure that university-bound students are prepared not just to go to college, but to succeed once they arrive.

    Presentation

    10:00 a.m.
    Audio File
    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
    Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology
    Stanford University

    Dr. Carol S. Dweck is a leading researcher in the field of student motivation. Her research has focused on why students succeed and how to foster their success. In her work, Dr. Dweck has discovered the basic set of beliefs, or mindsets, that guide students' desire for challenge and learning, as well as their confidence and resilience in the face of obstacles. She will describe this work and research on how students' mindsets can be changed to boost their motivation and achievement.

    Presentation

    10:15 a.m. 
    Break
    10:30 a.m.
    Audio File
    Student Motivation and Academic Achievement - Panel Discussion
    Panel Facilitator: Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
    Panelists:
    • D. Scott Elliff, Superintendent of Schools, Corpus Christi Independent School District
    • Amaury Nora, Ed.D., Professor and Director, National Center for Student Success, University of Houston
    • Larry Taylor, Student Regent, Texas Southern University

    What can governing board members, administrators, and educators do to help develop students who will face academic challenges rather than be overwhelmed by them? Why is it that many students seem to fall apart when they face the transition from middle to high school, or from high school to college? What remedies are likely to exacerbate rather than eradicate problems? Can the "gifted" label or praise for intelligence do more harm than good? Is self-esteem something that educators can or should "give" to students? Panelists will describe and discuss how they see parental, educator, and school administrators positively influencing students' motivation, competence, and success.

     11:15 a.m.
    Audio File
    Student-Centered Activities for Large Enrollment Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP)
    Robert J. Beichner, Ph.D.
    Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Physics
    North Carolina State University

    Dr. Robert J. Beichner has been instrumental in reshaping the learning environment for large enrollment introductory STEM courses at North Carolina State University. His efforts illustrate how pedagogical pioneers are contributing to the knowledge base of what is known about learning, within and beyond a particular STEM discipline. Dr. Beichner will describe his research and demonstrate his work on how students' conceptual understanding, ability to solve problems, and attitudes can be improved, and their failure rates decreased.

    Presentation

    12:00 noon
    Audio File 
    Audio File

    Luncheon, Keynote Speakers, and 2007 Star Awards Ceremony
    Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education
    "The State of Higher Education"

    M. Ray Perryman, Ph.D.
    President of The Perryman Group
    "A Tale of Two States - And One Million Jobs!!" The Economic Benefits of Achieving the Goals of Closing the Gaps

    Texas Higher Education STAR Awards Ceremony

    2:00 p.m.Break
    2:15 p.m.FoCross-Sector Discussions - Break-Out Sessions

    Led by members of the Coordinating Board, groups of 20-25 conference participants will meet with one another to discuss new initiatives, programs, projects, and activities intended to enhance students' preparation for and success in college, and the practical ways we can work together to encourage student achievement and success.

    3:00 p.m.
    Audio File
    Plenary Session and Wrap-Up
    Discussion Facilitators:
    A.W. "Whit" Riter and Raymund A. Paredes
    4:00 p.m.Adjournment

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