Senate Committee on Higher Education

Committee Information
Chair Vice-Chair Members:
Clerk: Sarah Harrington
Tel: (512) 463-4788
Sam Houston Building
Room 320
Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee

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83rd Session Interim

83rd Regular Session

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Reports

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Interim Charges

  1. Review and evaluate the success of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the strategic plan for higher education adopted in 2000. Coordinate with the Higher Education Coordinating Board on the next set of long term goals for higher education and monitor their progress.
     
  2. Study and make recommendations regarding the impact of technology on higher education instruction, including online courses and massive open online courses (MOOCs), and their impact on higher education excellence, cost, and funding requirements.
     
  3. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Higher Education, 83rd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:

  4. Examine and make recommendations regarding improvements in teacher preparation and certification programs to address any misalignment with school district shortages and problems with retaining new teachers.
     
  5. Review and make recommendations regarding the use of dual credit coursework and other secondary school programs for college credit, including the academic rigor of such programs and predictive value for college success.
     
  6. Examine and make recommendations regarding alignment between high school coursework and expectations in freshman level college coursework. Study the impact of particular coursework, specifically mathematics (including Algebra II) and science courses, as predictors of college readiness and success.
     

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Committee Archives and Links

82nd Legislature's Senate Committee on Higher Education
81st Legislature's Senate Committee on Higher Education
80th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education
80th Legislature's Senate Education Committee
79th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education
79th Legislature's Senate Education Committee
78th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education
78th Legislature's Senate Education Committee
77th Legislature's Senate Education Committee
76th Legislature's Senate Education Committee
76th Legislature's Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education

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