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2013 Leadership Conference Summary

Conference Day One: Orientation
Thursday, November 21, 2013
   

7:00 a.m.     Registration   

8:00 a.m.     Welcome
                    Harold W. Hahn, Chair, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) 

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8:15 a.m.     Overview of the Current Texas Higher Education Plan,
                    Closing the Gaps by 2015

                    Measuring Progress through the Texas Public Higher
                    Education Accountability System
                         David W. Gardner, Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy/Chief
                         Academic Officer, THECB 
 

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                         Susan E. Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, THECB

                         The future economic growth of Texas, especially in the context of a globally
                         developing economy, lies in the development of a well-educated workforce. The
                         Higher Education Accountability System is modeled on the state’s current higher
                         education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, and is used to track performance on
                         critical measures that exemplify higher education institutions' missions. The

                         Accountability System has been in place for nearly nine years. David Gardner will
                         provide an update on progress made toward Closing the Gaps by 2015.

                         Susan Brown will provide a summary explanation of the data, metrics, analysis, and
                         reports that 
can be used by higher education leaders to assist them in advancing
                         their institutional missions and moving the State of Texas forward in accomplishing
                         Closing the Gaps goals.

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Concurrent Sessions
University Board MembersCommunity College Board Members

  9:00 a.m.       The Budgeting Process for Public Universities in Texas

Presenter: B. J. Crain, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Texas A&M University

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  9:00 a.m.       The Budgeting Process for Public Community Colleges in Texas

Presenters:

Ben Ferrell, Jr., Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration, Austin Community College

Diane E. Snyder, CPA, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Alamo Colleges

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  9:45 a.m.       Basic Board Member Roles and Responsibilities: Sustaining Institutional Autonomy and Board Independence

Presenter: Rick Legon, President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)

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  9:45 a.m.       Understanding the Revenue Mix for Texas Community Colleges and the State Budgeting Process

Presenters:

Johnette McKown, President, McLennan Community College

Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College

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10:30 a.m.       Break 10:30 a.m.       Break

10:45 a.m.       Monitoring and Oversight: What is Good Information?

Presenter: Tom Meredith, Consultant and Senior Fellow, AGB

(Note: To include institutional efficiencies and academic, financial, and quality indicators, particularly in light of changes made by the 83rd Texas Legislature that have moved oversight of facilities and low-producing degree programs from the THECB to the boards of regents.)

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10:45 a.m.       Campus Financial Management – Panel Discussion Session

Panel Facilitator: Jennifer Phelps, Director of Trustee Services, Community College Association of Texas Trustees

Panelists:

Hector Gonzalez, President, Southwest Texas Junior College

Paul Matney, President, Amarillo College

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11:30 a.m.       The Auditing Process for Public Universities in Texas

Presenter: Mark Poehl, Director, Internal Audit and Compliance, THECB

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11:30 a.m.       Financial Reporting and Ratio Analysis

Presenter: Gary Johnstone, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Accountability, THECB

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12:00           Luncheon and Panel Discussion – “What I Wish I Had Known
                    as a New Governing Board Member (and What I Wish My
                    New Board Members Would Have Known): Mutual
                    Expectations”
                         Panel Facilitator: Robert Jenkins Jr., Vice-Chair, THECB 

                         Panelists:
                                 ·         Don Nicholson, Chairman, Board of Regents, Amarillo College

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                                 ·         W. Myles Shelton, President, Galveston College

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                                                 ·        Steve D. McCarty, Chair, Board of Regents, Stephen F. Austin State University

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Conference Day One
Welcome to Conference Participants
Harold W. Hahn, Chair, THECB

1:15 p.m.     Effective Trusteeship, Ethics (including Ethical Issues in
                    Financial Management), and the Avoidance of Conflicts of
                    Interest
                         Panel Facilitator: William M. Franz, General Counsel, THECB

                        Panelists:
                                ·         Cobby A. Caputo, School Lawyer, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP

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                                ·         Dona Cornell, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, University of
                              Houston

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                                ·         Fernando C. Gomez, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, Texas State University
                             System

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                         Governing Board members who serve public colleges and universities fulfill their
                         considerable responsibilities in an increasingly complex legal environment.
                         Practitioners of management accounting and financial management have an
                         obligation to the public, their profession, the organization they serve, and themselves
                         to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct. In recognition of these
                         obligations, panelists will provide an overview of open meetings and open records in 
                         Texas. They also will lead an interactive discussion about effective trusteeship, ethics
                         (including ethical issues in financial management), and the avoidance of conflicts of 
                         interest.

3:00 p.m.     Break

3:30 p.m.     The Leadership Dynamic in Public College and University
                    Systems: How Effective Systems Implement Policies and
                    Develop Effective Working Relationships with their
                    Campuses
                  
 Tom Meredith, Consultant and Senior Fellow, Association of Governing Boards of
                         Universities and Colleges

                         At its best, a public higher education system helps a state to optimize its investment
                         in higher education and to achieve a well-coordinated response to challenges facing
                         a state and its citizens. For a system to reach its full potential as an instrument of
                         governance, each of the major players must have integrity as well as a shared
                         commitment to achieving common purposes through higher education. Tom Meredith
                         will provide some insights regarding this leadership dynamic in college and university
                         systems, and he will consider some areas of critical importance to system
                         effectiveness.

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4:45 p.m.     Concluding Remarks
                   
Harold W. Hahn, Chair, THECB

5:00 p.m.     Adjournment

6:00 p.m.     Reception

7:00 p.m.     Dinner, Recognition of “Texas Tuners,” and Legislative
                    Panel Regarding Higher Education Governance, Excellence
                    and Transparency

                         The Texas Tuning Initiative: Recognition of Faculty on the 2009 Mechanical
                         Engineering Transfer Compact Committee and the 2010, 2011 & 2012
                       
 Tuning Oversight Councils
                         Mary E. Smith, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy,
                         THECB

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                         James K. Nelson, Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of
                         Texas at Tyler

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                         Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency:
                         The 83rd Texas Legislature

                         The Honorable Kel Seliger, Texas Senate, Senate District 31; Co-Chair of the Joint
                         Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency;
                         Chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education

                         The Honorable Judith Zaffirini, Texas Senate, Senate District 21; Vice-Chair of the
                         Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and
                         Transparency; Chair of the Senate Committee on Government Organization
 

Conference Day Two
Friday, November 22, 2013

7:00 a.m.     Registration

8:00 a.m.     Conference Day 2 Welcome
                   
Harold W. Hahn, Chair, THECB

8:15 a.m.    The Hidden Power of Character and its Promotion in College
                   Students
                        Paul Tough, Writer and Speaker

                        Why do some students succeed in reaching their academic goals while others do not?
                        Paul Tough, author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of
                        Character
, will discuss the implications of his research on “grit,” perseverance,
                        curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control for college student success.
                        He will consider how “grit” can be promoted among college students to help them
                        succeed in their coursework and attain their degrees.

9:15 a.m.    Break

9:30 a.m.    Higher Education and the Workforce
                        Jeff Strohl, Director of Research, Georgetown University Center on Education and the
                        Workforce

                         The increasing importance of education and training beyond high school in allocating
                         economic opportunity results from broad social and economic trends. Jeff Strohl will
                         consider the relationship between postsecondary education and opportunity, 
                         specifically the increasing importance of education and training beyond high school
                         and the importance of postsecondary competencies and awards as the threshold
                         requirement for middle-class earnings and status today. He also will discuss how
                         connecting wage records and transcript data can be used to help determine the
                         economic value of postsecondary programs. His remarks will be followed by a
                         question and answer session for conference participants.

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10:30 a.m.   Beyond Closing the Gaps by 2015: Preparing for the Next
                    Long-Range Plan for Higher Education in Texas
                         Robert Jenkins Jr., Vice-Chair, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

                         One of the strengths of the current Texas higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by
                         2015
, has been the buy-in and strong support from the state's educational, business,
                         and political communities. Robert Jenkins will provide an overview of the work being
                         done and planned by the Coordinating Board to establish the next long-range plan for
                         higher education in Texas. Information will include the four potential goals that are
                         being considered, a timeline, and plans for soliciting input from the state's
                         educational, business, and political communities.

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11:00 a.m.   Break

11:15 a.m.   Beyond Closing the Gaps by 2015:  Concurrent Workshops

                          As the next long-range plan for higher education in Texas is established, feedback
                          will be needed on the four potential goals that are being considered – Workforce,
                          Alignment, Value, and Excellence – and the key metrics to measure the state’s
                          progress toward making Texas an international leader in student success and
                          excellence by 2030.
Facilitators will lead roundtable discussions of the potential
                          goals and the prospective measurable targets that are being considered for the next
                          long-range plan for higher education in Texas.

                                   ·         Workshop 1 Workshop Facilitator: Rick Legon, President, Association of
                          Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

                                    ·         Workshop 2 Workshop Facilitator: Tom Meredith, Consultant and Senior
                           Fellow, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges

                                    ·         Workshop 3 Workshop Facilitator: David W. Gardner, Deputy Commissioner
                          for Academic Planning and Policy/Chief Academic Officer, THECB

                                    ·         Workshop 4 Workshop Facilitator: Susan E. Brown, Assistant Commissioner
                           for Planning and Accountability, THECB
 

12:00             Luncheon, Keynote Speaker, and 2013 Star Awards
                      Ceremony

                            The State of Higher Education in Texas
                            Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education

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                            Texas Higher Education Star Awards Ceremony
                            Members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

                            Link to Finalists and Winners

1:45 p.m.       Adjournment


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