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Texas Higher Education Star Award for Helping to Achieve the Goals of 60x30TX

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Purpose of the Texas Higher Education Star Awards 

The Texas Higher Education Star Award was originally established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB or Coordinating Board) in 2001 to recognize exceptional contributions toward achieving one or more of the goals of the former long-range Texas higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015, which brought Texas from 2000 to 2015. The state’s new higher education plan, 60x30TX, adopted by the Coordinating Board in July 2015, builds on the success of Closing the Gaps and is designed to establish a globally competitive workforce in Texas by 2030. 

Given the success of the Star Award program, the program has been continued, with revised guidelines to recognize exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of the new Texas higher education plan. As with the original Star Award for Closing the Gaps program, recipients will receive a custom-designed award and public recognition for their efforts at the annual Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference.  

For detailed information on the Texas higher education plan, 60x30TX, please see: 60x30TX.

Nominations and Applications for the Texas Higher Education Star Award 

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

Important Dates for the 2018 Star Award 


  • Nominations due (including self-nominations): June 11, 2018
  • Nominees notified (including self-nominations): June 15, 2018 
  • Applications due: July 16, 2018
  • Finalists notified: September 26, 2018
  • Winners honored: November 30th at the Texas Higher Education     Leadership Conference


For 2018 Star Awards Guidelines and Submission Information

For detailed eligibility information; criteria; and the nomination, application, and
review processes for the 2018 Star Award, please see 
2018 Star Awards Guidelines and Submission Information.

Previous Star Award Winners and Finalists    

For more information please contact:  
Mary E. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Academic Planning and Policy
Higher Education Coordinating Board
(512) 427-6213

Mary Mitchell
Executive Assistant for Academic Planning and Policy 
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
(512) 427-6566


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