State P-16 Council
The State P-16 Council members represent five Texas state agencies: Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and Texas Department of State Health Services and six additional members to represent education professionals, agencies, business or other members of the community (see below for list of members). The State P-16 Council, authorized in 2003 under Texas Education Code §61.076, is responsible for ensuring that long-range plans and educational programs for the state complement the functioning of the entire system of public education, extending from early childhood education through postgraduate study.
State P-16 Council Members:
Dr. Raymund Paredes (Chair), Commissioner of Higher Education
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Michael Williams (Co-Chair), Commissioner of Education
Texas Education Agency
Larry Temple, Executive Director
Texas Workforce Commission
Debra Wanser, Commissioner
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Phyllis Snodgrass, Business Representative, Vice President of Chamber Relations
Texas Association of Business
Dr. Gregg Williams, Higher Education Representative, President
John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
Texas High School Project
Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent
Pharr San Juan Alamo ISD
Dr. William Flores, President
University of Houston-Downtown
Dr. Beverly Mitchell-Brooks, President
Greater Dallas and North Central Texas Urban League
Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner
Texas Department of Health Services
For more information about the State P-16 Council, visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/p16council.html.
Regional P-16 Councils
P-16 Regional Councils are very significant civic structures that exist to meet the goal of the state's higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015. The Texas goal of enrolling 630,000 students in postsecondary education by 2015 requires a focused and significant push to improve college and career readiness, participation, and success which aligns with existing efforts to foster college-going culture across the state. Membership in each Council includes leaders from regional education service centers, public school districts, community colleges, at least one public or private four-year institution of higher education, business representatives who are members of local workforce boards or chambers of commerce, and representatives from civic and/or community organizations.
P-16 Regional Councils are formed to address the following goals:
• Advance regional efforts to target, design and implement systemic actions to establish
college-going habits and traditions in middle and high schools, particularly to
increase Hispanic college participation and completion rates;
• Improve parental outreach;
• Increase awareness of College and Career Readiness Standards;
• Ensure the work will be carefully managed and monitored;
• Engage systems, institutions, civic and business leaders and build
region-wide ownership; and
• Communicate with its various partners in clear and regular ways so as to remain
focused on the work.
Regional P-16 College and Career Readiness Marketing Projects
The Regional P-16 College and Career Readiness Marketing Projects provide support for capacity building activities of P-16 Regional Councils to assist them in successfully promoting the college and career readiness message to students, parents, school administrators, and business/workforce partners and implementing their Generation TX (Gen TX) Marketing plans to maximize, evaluate, and sustain the impact of the THECB's Gen TX Marketing and Awareness Campaign in their respective regions. Funding for this Project comes from a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's College Access Challenge Grant Program aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Institutions/Organizations: Cisco College, Citizens for Educational Excellence, E3 Alliance, P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas State Technical College Harlingen, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at El Paso, The University of Texas-Pan American.