Texas education leaders have a vital role to play in making sure that we are on the right path to help Texas close educational gaps.
To benefit from the knowledge, experience, and insights of the state's education leadership, the Coordinating Board sponsors an annual conference to share and discuss the state's higher education goals, plans, and activities. This year's conference, Closing the Gaps: Societal Benefits of Higher Education, was held November 6-7 at the Radisson Hotel and Suites. Invited were governing board members, community college trustees, public school and higher education representatives, and Coordinating Board members. Throughout the conference, we focused on how to continue working together to achieve the targets and goals established in the state's Closing the Gaps by 2015 higher education plan.
An orientation for governing board members was held on Monday afternoon, November 6. This orientation satisfied the training requirement for newly appointed regents (Texas Education Code, Section 61.084, Training for Members of Governing Boards). Higher education leaders were also welcome to attend this orientation.
On Monday evening, the 2006 Texas Higher Education Star Award winners were announced. The award, established by the Coordinating Board in 2001, is presented annually to a maximum of 12 higher education institutions, organizations, or individuals to recognize their exceptional contributions to one or more of the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015.
Discussions on Tuesday, November 7, focused on how society as a whole benefits from quality higher education, while also providing information and discussions about the upcoming legislative session as it relates to our efforts to close Texas' higher education gaps. These sessions helped identify some of the most important steps that Texas higher education institutions can take in advancing quality higher education in our state.
Last Revised: November 17, 2006