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2 Document(s) [ Subject: Hopwood lawsuit ]

Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Higher Education, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Affirmative action | Automatic admissions | Cultural diversity | Distance education | Higher education | Higher education affordability | Hopwood lawsuit | Student aid | University admissions | University enrollment | University finance | University graduation rates | Virtual schools |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ed84h
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [66 pages  File size: 2,311 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the effects of the Hopwood decision and the responses to the decision by institutions of higher learning, including professional schools. Monitor the implementation of HB 588, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, and policies of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and assess the impacts of such measures.
2. Determine the adequacy of the plans of institutions of higher education and the Higher Education Coordination Board to accomplish projected enrollment increases over the next two decades. Determine the adequacy and cost effectiveness of the plans. Examine the contributions expected of non-traditional methods, such as reducing the number of years to degree, distance learning, and multi-institutional learning arrangements.
3. Review the use of special funds in higher education, including funds for the "back-to-basics" initiative, to ensure that they are used effectively and appropriately. Evaluate the success of the recently implemented higher education funding formula.
4. Study the trends in costs of a post-secondary education, financial aid, and family incomes; evaluate the effects on access to higher learning by persons of all socio-economic levels.
5. Review the Western Governors' University initiative and assess its potential value for Texas institutions.
6. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including a review of the State Auditor's finding of material weakness in higher education administration of student financial aid programs.
Committee: Senate Hopwood, and State Contract and Employment Practices, Special
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Affirmative action | Cultural diversity | Hopwood lawsuit | Minority contractors | Minority students | Minority-owned/women-owned businesses | State employees | State government contracts | University admissions |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 h779
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [101 pages  File size: 3,735 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Analyze state and federal legislation, court orders, regulatory opinions, and interpretations regarding access to and participation in higher education, state contracts and state employment. The Committee should monitor the U.S. Department of Education's evaluation of the Texas system of higher education to determine compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
2. Evaluate current state programs, practices and policies in light of the Hopwood opinion to determine compliance with current legal restrictions and effectiveness in achieving intended goals. Also, evaluate the state's equal opportunity provisions regarding contracting with historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) and minority hiring practices to determine compliance with current legal restrictions and effectiveness in achieving intended goals.
3. Make any necessary recommendations to achieve fair and equal access to and participation in higher education, state contracts, and state employment by all Texans, including disadvantaged persons. The Committee should define which, if any, individuals or groups of individuals should be considered "disadvantaged". The recommendations should identify the necessary legal or administrative action by the state to achieve its goals.
4. The Committee should indicate whether its recommendations, or current guidelines relating to fair and equal access to and participation in higher education, state contracts, and state employment, should be placed in general law, agency rules, or riders in the state's General Appropriations Act.

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