Welcome to the information site for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 2008 Leadership Conference and Second Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon/Eighth Annual Star Awards Ceremony held December 1-2, 2008, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel.
We began the conference on Monday afternoon, December 1, with an orientation for new governing board members and other interested education leaders. Monday evening we had a special dinner where regents and trustees, other higher and public education leaders, and superintendents of K-12 public schools interacted and informally shared their respective challenges and opportunities. The dinner featured keynote speaker David Spence, President of the Southern Regional Education Board. Presentations and discussions on Tuesday, December 2 focused on student outcomes and student success.
In conjunction with the conference, on December 2, the Coordinating Board presented the Second Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon. During the luncheon, the eighth annual Star Awards' finalists were honored and the winners announced. The Star Awards Ceremony highlights the outstanding efforts of colleges, universities, public schools and districts, and others to meet the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015.
Our featured conference speakers included:
The Honorable Senator Steve Ogden, Texas State Senator, District 5. Senator Steve Ogden is a leader on budget issues, school finance, and higher education funding. He has worked to raise the overall quality of education in Texas. He has strived to ensure that Texas institutions of higher education are providing students the best chance at a better life.
Dr. David Spence, President of the Southern Regional Education Board. Dr. Spence oversees the nation's largest school improvement network, the nation's largest educational technology collaborative of state K-12 and postsecondary agencies, and many other initiatives designed to help the SREB's 16 member states lead the nation in educational progress.
Dr. Raymund A. Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education. Dr. Paredes' primary focus has been on closing the education gaps in student participation and success. He actively promotes dialogue and partnerships among the K-12 education community, two-year and four-year institutions of higher education, elected officials, educational leaders, the business community, and community-based organizations.
Dr. Richard J. Shavelson, Professor of Education, Stanford University. Dr. Shavelson's current research is in the areas of social measurement and evaluation methods, psychometrics, and related policy and practice issues. His focus has been on the assessment of undergraduate student learning.