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Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Judith Zaffirini, Chair
Robert Duncan
Steve Ogden
Florence Shapiro
Royce West
Charges
• Review and make recommendations regarding the structure and organization of higher education, focusing on funding of the current higher education system, including financing capital projects for general academic institutions and for health-related institutions and changes to funding flagship research universities such as The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M at College Station. Determine the adequacy of formula funding to support basic functions as well as supporting critical statewide needs and improvements on the various methods of funding research. Reviews should include institutional structures that maximize efficiencies and incentive structures that increase the number of graduates. A review of funding formulas should also include the application of proportionality of state contributions for higher education employee health benefits.
• Review state student financial aid programs (TEXAS Grants, B-on-Time) and provide assessment of the programs' effectiveness and future funding needs.
• Study the effects continued tuition deregulation will have on college enrollment and accessibility.

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