NEWS RELEASE from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

March 1, 2012
Contact: Will Krueger, (512) 463-0121

Senate Higher Education Committee Assigned Interim Charges

(AUSTIN) —The Senate Higher Education Committee will begin work immediately on a set of interim charges issued by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, committee Chair Senator Judith Zaffirini announced today.

"I am grateful to Lt. Governor Dewhurst for assigning our committee these critical, timely charges related to higher education in Texas," Senator Zaffirini said. "They not only reflect the needs and priorities of our state's colleges and universities, but also are well-aligned with our goals of promoting access, affordability and excellence. Texans can count on our committee to address these charges diligently and thoughtfully. When the next legislative session convenes on Jan. 8, 2013, we will be ready."

The committee's charges include:

"I am delighted that the first charge on the list calls for enhancing financial aid, a lifeline for many students," Senator Zaffirini said. " Preserving and improving this lifeline, especially for first generation and self-supporting students and for working families, is among my top priorities."

The Senate Higher Education Committee maintains an open door policy, and Senator Zaffirini encourages everyone interested in higher education issues to contact the committee via 512/463-4788. The committee's Vice Chair is Senator Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and other committee members are Senators Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock; Joan Huffman, R-Southside Place; Kirk Watson, D-Austin; Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio; and Royce West, D-Dallas. Additional information regarding the committee's work is available via its website,

ATTACHMENT: Interim Charges on Higher Education (PDF)

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SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI joins Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in attending commencement ceremonies at Texas A&M International University in Laredo. As Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, Senator Zaffirini champions legislation and funding that support all Texas colleges and universities.