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House Committee on Higher Education - 83rd R.S. (2013)

Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Advanced Placement programs | Distance education | Foster care | Higher education affordability | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Student aid | Student loans | Toward EXcellence, Access & Success Grant Program | Tuition revenue bonds | University finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 Ed84hh
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [47 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the potential of recent technology-enabled innovations for dramatically increasing the number and diversity of students who may access, participate and succeed in quality higher education, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Synchronous Massive Online Courses (SMOCs), blended courses that combine online and classroom instruction, and other innovations with potential to personalize the learning experience, reduce costs, and transcend the physical limitations of traditional campuses. Consider challenges and opportunities for leveraging new technologies to increase the educational attainment of traditionally underserved populations including adult learners.
2. Study new strategies for funding General Academic institutions to accelerate educational innovation and increase focus on improving student learning and success rather than seat time. Consider approaches that encourage new and more productive business models that incorporate affordable, lower-cost academic delivery models and expand the state's capacity to deliver high-quality education.
3. Study how state resources might be better used to support the success of the rapidly growing numbers of state residents who need postsecondary degrees. Evaluate current programs and policies related to financial aid, tuition assistance, waivers, and work study, and evaluate their relative impact and return on investment with regard to student enrollment, persistence, and completion. Consider how state dollars might be better used in combination with federal financial aid to promote and accelerate student success. Explore strategies and best practices for reducing student loan default rates in Texas.
4. Former foster youth have the benefit of free tuition and fees if they enroll in higher education, yet very few take advantage of this opportunity. Consider new strategies to support these youth and make recommendations to enroll and retain more foster youth in higher education. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Human Services
5. Review current capital needs in higher education. The committees shall examine past methods of financing higher education's capital needs, as well as approaches used in other states. The committees shall jointly make recommendations to address these costs in the future. In adopting recommendations, the committees should focus on methodologies that identify priority capital projects, treat institutions of higher education equitably, and uniformly share costs between the state and institutions. The committees should also examine the viability of alternatives to traditional models for funding capital projects. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Appropriations)
6. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, February 13, 2013
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [60 pages  File size: 7,255 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, February 20, 2013 (HB 1000 resolutions and letters of support - new university in South Texas within The University of Texas System)
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [16 pages  File size: 2,726 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, February 27, 2013
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [33 pages  File size: 7,320 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, March 6, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: MAR 6
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [36 pages  File size: 1,324 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, March 13, 2013
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [16 pages  File size: 990 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, March 13, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: MAR 13
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [54 pages  File size: 1,046 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, March 20, 2013
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [9 pages  File size: 507 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, March 20, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: MAR 20
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [19 pages  File size: 600 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, March 27, 2013
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [46 pages  File size: 3,249 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, March 27, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: MAR 27
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [92 pages  File size: 3,326 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, April 3, 2013
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [38 pages  File size: 5,434 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, April 3, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: APR 3
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [132 pages  File size: 5,434 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, April 10, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: APR 10
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [55 pages  File size: 1,985 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, April 17, 2013
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Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [25 pages  File size: 902 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, April 17, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: APR 17
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [50 pages  File size: 1,744 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, April 24, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: APR 24
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [45 pages  File size: 1,606 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, May 1, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: MAY 1
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [29 pages  File size: 1,023 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, May 8, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: MAY 8
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [39 pages  File size: 1,903 kb]
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Hearing materials, May 15, 2013
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED84H 83 2013: MAY 15
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [84 pages  File size: 3,296 kb]

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