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83rd Texas Legislature - THECB Recommendations

Texas must dramatically expand our educated workforce to attract, retain, and grow future jobs. Today, we focus on achieving parity with leading states such as California, New York, and Massachusetts. Tomorrow, we must compete with international powers like China, Korea, and Germany. Unfortunately, our emerging workforce is less educated than previous generations and is not keeping pace with the best performing economies in the world.

Texas Ranks 24th in educational attainment among the
 world's most competitive economies
As measured by percentage of 25 to 34-year-olds
with an associate degree or higher, 2010

Texas Rank Vert 2

Extraordinary challenges demand innovative solutions. The 83rd Texas Legislative Session offers an opportunity to pivot towards a higher education policy framework aimed at national and international leadership. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's legislative recommendations are designed to build on progress made and accelerate improvement. The goals are to dramatically increase postsecondary completions, make college more accessible and affordable, and align outcomes with workforce needs.

Higher Education Summary of the 83rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session)

83rd Texas Legislature Higher Education Summary (pdf)

83rd Texas Legislature Budget Outcomes

83rd Texas Legislature Graduate Medical Education Expansion Grant Programs (pdf)


Outcomes-Based Funding
Background Information:

Overview: Securing Texas' Future in the Global Economy (pdf)

THECB Formula Funding Recommendations 2014 - 2015 Biennium (pdf)

Storyboard: Aligning Higher Education Funding With State Education and Workforce Priorities (pdf)
(Updated 1/23/13)


Outcomes-Based Funding Proposals by State (Interactive)
The National Conference of State Legislators hosts a real-time, interactive website that outlines outcomes-based funding proposals by state with current status.

Outcomes-Based Funding Metrics and Methodology (pdf)


Reducing Time and Credits to Degree
Background Information:

Storyboard: Reducing Credits, Time (and Cost) to Degree (pdf)


Expanding Access to TEXAS Grants

Policy Paper: Allocating Grant Aid to Increase Persistence: Focus on Freshmen (pdf)



THECB Response to Daily Texan: Texas faces challenge with no easy answers (11/6/12)

News Stories:

Texas Tribune: Board Proposes Major Overhaul of TEXAS Grants Program (10/25/12)

Texas Tribune: Tuition Exemptions for Veterans Under the Microscope (10/25/12)

Houston Chronicle: Board seeks to cut grants to aid more students (11/13/12)

Austin American-Statesman: 2 lawmakers predict changes in higher education funding (1/25/13)


Report: Complete College Texas (April 2013) (pdf)

Press Release: Business, Philanthropic and Higher Education Leaders Find Common Ground in Tackling the Higher Education Challenge in Texas (pdf)






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