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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 is being continued, albeit 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 new long-range 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 2016 Star Award 

·     Nominations due (including self-nominations): June 13, 2016
·     Applications due: July 18, 2016
·     Finalists notified: September 15, 2016
·     Winners honored: 2016 Texas Higher Education Leadership

For More Information

·       For detailed eligibility information; criteria; and the nomination, application, and
     review processes for the 2016 Star Award, please see 2016 Application Process
     and Guidelines
·        For information on how to submit a nomination and subsequent application for a
     Star Award, please see 2016 Star Award - Nomination And Application 
      Submission   Information
·        For previous Star Award winners and finalists, please see
     2001-2015 Star Awards for Closing the Gaps Winners & Finalists. 

THECB Contacts for Questions

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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