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Texas Higher Education Star Award

Purpose of the Texas Higher Education Star Awards 

The Texas Higher Education Star Award, established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2001, recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Texas higher education plan adopted by the Coordinating Board in October 2000. The plan establishes four goals – to close the gaps in student participation, student success, academic excellence, and research. (See Closing the Gaps by 2015 at: www.thecb.state.tx.us.) In addition to a custom-designed award, recipients receive public recognition for their efforts. Up to 12 awards are presented annually. For detailed information on the Plan and annual progress reports, see Closing the Gaps Higher Education Plan. 

Nominations and Applications for the Texas Higher Education Star Award 

Each year, nominations and subsequent applications for the Star Award are accepted by the Coordinating Board from eligible institutions across Texas. After an initial review by a Coordinating Board Internal Staff Review Panel, a select group of applicants are named finalists. An External Review Panel, consisting of three Coordinating Board members, three Texas business and community leaders, and three out-of-state higher education experts, review the applications of all finalists and determine which of these finalists will be honored with the Star Award on the basis of criteria established for the 2015 Star Award.

Important Dates for the 2015 Star Award 
·        Nominations due: June 5, 2015
·        Applications due: July 10, 2015
·        Finalists notified: September 15, 2015

·        Winners honored: 2015 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference



For detailed eligibility information, criteria, and the review process for

the 2015 Star Award, please see 2015 Star Awards Guidelines.


To submit a nomination for a Star Award, please see the Submission Information

For previous Star Award winners and finalists, please see Previous Winners and Finalists.


For more information, please contact:


Mary E. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy
(512) 427-6213

Mary Mitchell
Administrative Assistant for Academic Planning and Policy
(512) 427-6566

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