The 82nd Texas Legislative Session represents the last opportunity to make meaningful investment and policy decisions designed to establish a strong trajectory towards the goals of Closing the Gaps. To date, Texas has made significant progress on key goals:
However, challenges persist. Texas must accelerate degree and certificate production if we are to meet our goals, and set a strong foundation for Texas to be educationally and economically competitive beyond 2015. These challenges are complicated significantly by ongoing fiscal challenges facing the state. The state, institutions, and most importantly students and their families, lose significant resources when a student enrolls in postsecondary education, but never completes a program.
Texas Higher Education Pipeline Leak
Lost opportunity, lost investment
A recent report by the American Institute for Research found that the state of Texas ranked #3 in the nation for total state resources spent on first-year dropouts at our universities and colleges, totaling $470,500,000 over a five-year period.
The THECB's 82nd Legislative Agenda is designed to place a greater focus on student success. Specifically, the agenda recommends a series of funding and policy initiatives designed to encourage helping more students achieve their postsecondary education goals in a more cost-effective manner.
|TEXAS Grant Priority Model|
|THECB Legislative Agenda|
Report: The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success (12/10) (pdf) (Illinois recommendation for performance-based funding)