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House Committee on Higher Education - 66th R.S. (1979)

Committee Members
Wilhelmina Delco, Chair
David Cain, Vice Chair
Ron Wilson, Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters
Bill Caraway
Bo Crawford
Michael H. Ezzell
Robert C. 'Frank' Gaston
Forrest Green
Lanny Hall
Frank Madla
Gary Thompson
Charges
• Study present policies of granting tenure to faculty members at public institutions of higher education and determine the impact of these policies in recruitment and promotion of minority and/or young faculty, as well as on academic freedom.
• Review the funding of medical education in Texas, comparing funding trends with other states.
• Study teacher education as it relates to teacher certification and other related matters at public institutions of higher education in Texas.
• Review the structure and operation of Higher Education Authorities including their actual and intended purposes and activities, along with a review of the State's statutory responsibility toward and control over existing authorities.
• Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of the agencies assigned to ths committee for appropriative purposes during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature.
• Monitor the activities of the select committee established by SCR 101, 66th Legislature, Regular Session, dealing with future funding of higher education and critique the recommendations of the select committee.
• Study the feasibility of enhancing coordination of higher education by the creation of consolidated university systems and determine the influence of branch and upper-level institutions on such coordination.
• Determine the effectiveness of college campus security in terms of the training of officers, use of firearms, etc.
• Evaluate the performance of selected colleges and universities by analyzing student scores on professional licensing examinations and recommend what can be done to improve educational standards.
• Catalog the tuition exemptions offered at Texas colleges and universities and suggest changes which are needed in this regard.

Note:
Michael Ezzell (Member) resigned 10/15/1980.

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