Welcome to the information site for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 2011 Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel (9721 Arboretum Boulevard in Austin) on November 3-4, 2011. The focus of this year's conference is on Building Institutional Excellence and Pathways for Student Success. Keynote speakers include Dr. Vincent Tinto, a national authority on student retention and success, Dr. Stephen Brookfield, a national expert on undergraduate teaching, and Dr. Betsy Barefoot, who is nationally known for her work on the importance of the first-year experience for student persistence and success.
The conference will begin at noon on Thursday, November 3, with the Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon and Star Awards Ceremony. The luncheon will be held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. and will feature our 2011 Star Award finalists and keynote addresses by Dr. Raymund Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education, and Dr. Vincent Tinto, Distinguished Professor of Education at Syracuse University. Conference sessions will begin immediately following the luncheon with a special legislative panel discussion featuring The Honorable Dan Branch and The Honorable Judith Zaffirini who will provide overviews of the 82nd Legislative Session and the upcoming work of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency. Panel discussions on Thursday afternoon will focus on ways to promote, sustain, and scale up institutional progress and best practices in cultivating undergraduate student learning persistence and success.
Thursday evening there will be a special dinner for regents, trustees, and other higher education leaders. Featured will be a keynote address by Dr. Stephen Brookfield, Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Dr. Brookfield will present his insights and research on the dynamics of leadership and ways to maintain optimism and secure support from other leaders when faced with making difficult leadership decisions. The conference will continue on Friday, November 4, with an orientation for new governing board members and other interested education leaders. To meet the newly mandated training for community college governing board members, as specified in House Bill 1206 (82nd Texas Legislature), special orientation sessions from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. will include best practices in campus financial management, financial ratio analysis, and case studies using financial indicators. While these sessions satisfy the training requirement for newly appointed regents and elected trustees (Texas Education Code, Section 61.084), many tenured regents and trustees also find them helpful and are most welcome to attend these sessions.
We hope you and your fellow education leaders will join us for this important conference dedicated to the future of a well-educated Texas.