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Governing Board Conference - 2007

Closing the Gaps: Seeding the Future through College Readiness and Student Success

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Welcome to the information site for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 2007 Governing Board Conference and First Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon/Seventh Annual STAR Awards Ceremony. The Coordinating Board was pleased to host the conference with the assistance of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and its Ingram Center for Public Trusteeship and Governance.

We began the conference on Monday afternoon, October 29, 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 a keynote presentation by Dr. Ray Perryman, President of The Perryman Group.

Discussions on Tuesday morning, October 30, focused on ways to improve college readiness and success for all students. We had information and discussions about several of the promising programs and initiatives intended to enhance students' preparation for and success in college. Our featured speakers included:

  • Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University;
  • David T. Conley, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Educational Policy Research, the University of Oregon; and
  • Robert J. Beichner, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, North Carolina State University.

In conjunction with the conference, and for the first time, the Coordinating Board partnered with the Greater Houston Partnership to present the First Annual State of Higher Education Luncheon. This luncheon was held at the Hilton on Tuesday, October 30, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. and featured keynote presentations by the Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Raymund A. Paredes, and Dr. Ray Perryman, President of The Perryman Group. During the luncheon, the seventh annual STAR Awards' finalists were honored and the winners announced. The STAR Awards ceremony highlights the outstanding efforts of colleges, universities, and others to meet the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Texas higher education plan.

Discussions on Tuesday afternoon focused on new initiatives, programs, projects, and activities intended to enhance students' preparation for and success in college. These cross-sector discussions helped identify some of the most important steps that regents, chancellors, presidents, and other higher and public education leaders, separately and working together, can take to encourage student achievement and success.

Last Revised: November 29, 2007

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