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Committee: Senate Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Associate's degrees | Community college students | Developmental education | Distance education | Educational technology | Graduate-on-time programs | Higher education | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Immunizations | Math education | Meningitis | Nontraditional students | P-16 councils | Persons with disabilities | Student aid | Texas B-on-Time loans | Texas State Technical College | Toward EXcellence, Access & Success Grant Program | Undocumented immigrant students | University graduation rates | University student transfers |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Ed83h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [72 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations regarding more cost-effective funding of financial aid, including ways to restructure financial aid programs to incentivize student success, particularly among low-income students, and the efficacy of current exemptions and waivers offered to students at institutions of higher education, including in-state tuition for undocumented students. Examine student loan debt, state and federal loan forgiveness programs, and institutional default rates.
2. Study and make recommendations regarding more effective means of using technology, including the effectiveness of online learning and online coursework for underprepared students. Examine the cost and funding of online education. Examine how electronic coursework and technology impacts students with disabilities, and make recommendations to ensure all students have access to electronic materials and courses. Review and make recommendations concerning statewide or inter-system cooperation for blended and online learning.
3. Study developmental education programs in public higher education institutions. Include a demographic analysis of students who require developmental education, and identify alternative means of assessing the need for developmental education, the effectiveness of delivery of developmental education programs, and the role of P-16 councils in addressing solutions for better preparing students for higher education. Review alternative means of offering and financing developmental education courses and identify potential cost savings.
4. Examine the existing transfer systems and the potential development of a 2+2 transfer system between public junior colleges and universities. Examine the transfer of credit between degree-granting private sector colleges, public junior colleges, and public universities. Examine the impact of national, regional, and professional accrediting associations on course credit transfer.
5. Study and make recommendations regarding academic and non-academic barriers to non-traditional students, including students with disabilities. Focus on ways to restructure course and program delivery, student support services, financial barriers, and remediation and academic advising. Study and make recommendations to reduce time-to-degree, incentivize on-time graduation, and increase graduation rates to meet the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015 and beyond.
6. Consistent with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's legislative directive to work with the Texas State Technical College System (TSTC) and other appropriate state agencies to develop a returned value funding model for TSTC, examine the benefits and challenges such an approach will have on technical education in Texas.
7. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Higher Education, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
  • SB 5, relating to the administration and business affairs of public institutions of higher education;
  • SB 28, relating to eligibility for a TEXAS grant and to administration of the TEXAS grant program;
  • HB 9, relating to student success-based funding;
  • HB 33, relating to measures to increase the affordability of textbooks used for courses at public or private institutions of higher education;
  • SB 1107, Relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education;
  • HB 1000, relating to the distribution of money appropriated from the National Research University Fund.
Committee: Senate Education Subcommittee on Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Economic forecasts | Economy | Flagship universities | Health insurance | Higher education | Higher education accountability | Nuclear power plants | Student aid | University campuses | University graduation rates | University research | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 Ed83h
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [112 pages  File size: 8,273 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine different methodologies for assessing the quality of degree and certificate programs at higher education institutions and for measuring student learning outcomes. Review current institutional performance standards and make recommendations that promote academic and financial accountability. Review the method for measuring graduation rates to determine whether alternative measures are more appropriately suited for institutions with a large percentage of non-traditional students.
2. Identify potential future economic trends and workforce needs, including those created by additional nuclear generation facilities, and identify strategies to help meet these needs.
3. Examine ways to assess and improve academic advising to help students succeed in higher education and complete their course of study and graduate in the minimum time required.
4. Study the need for new higher education institutions and make recommendations for developing a long-term strategy for creating and supporting new institutions, especially additional flagship public research universities. Explore methods for determining where such universities should be located and ensuring that such universities admit a qualified and diverse student body. Consider the state's allocation of and need for resources for medical education, including graduate medical education, geographic distribution of those resources, and the value of associating a medical school with a top-tier academic campus.
5. Study research funding and assess the research infrastructure and capabilities at higher education institutions. Make recommendations for streamlining the various sources of funding (Texas Competitive Knowledge Fund, the Research Development Fund, and the Advanced Research Program) and for developing a statewide strategy for increasing research at higher education institutions, including ways to improve research commercialization.
6. Evaluate the cost and feasibility of a range of options for providing health care insurance for students attending institutions of higher education.
7. Review the status, effects, and success or failure of higher education authorities operating under Chapters 53, 53A, and 53B, Education Code, and nonprofit corporations carrying out the functions of higher education authorities under those chapters. Make recommendations regarding any necessary changes in the statutes and administration of same. (Joint charge with Senate Finance Committee)
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Subcommittee on Higher Education, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor any pending federal legislation that would impact student financial aid.
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 78th Legislature / Senate Committee on Education.
Subjects: Automatic admissions | Higher education | Public schools | Teacher certification | Teacher health insurance | University enrollment | University graduation rates |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 ed83
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [183 pages  File size: 1,591 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study accountability in public schools, including the performance and accountability of charter schools, alternative education programs, and juvenile justice alternative education programs.
2. Monitor the implementation of HB 3343, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the operations and funding of certain group coverage programs for school and educational employees and their dependents.
3. Evaluate traditional and alternative certification programs and their effect on the recruitment and retention of teachers. The Committee shall look at the use and re-employment of retirees in public schools, the use and re-employment of retirees in teaching future educators in the state's colleges of education, pre- and post- graduation incentives to enter the teaching profession, and the impact of advanced professional development and certification programs on retaining experienced teachers in the classroom.
4. Study programs designed to increase the accessibility of higher education for Texas students. The Committee shall examine the effect of residency status laws and guidelines on enrollment in Texas colleges and universities, evaluate the impact of the top ten percent rule on enrollment of educationally disadvantaged students, assess strategies to increase recruitment and retention rates of educationally and economically disadvantages students, and monitor the implementation of HB 400, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to assisting prospective students in enrolling in institutions of higher education.
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Higher Education, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Legislature.
Subjects: Automatic admissions | College preparedness | Computer science education | Cultural diversity | Engineering education | Flagship universities | High tech industry | Higher education | Minority students | Technology education | University budgets | University finance | University graduates | University graduation rates | University research | University students |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 ed84h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [139 pages  File size: 3,909 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review models and discuss methods for strengthening partnerships between higher education, public education and the private sector to better prepare students enrolling in post-secondary education and to improve college-level retention and graduation rates.
2. Evaluate the satisfaction of professional and graduate school programs, the business community and general public with the preparation level of college graduates to determine what changes are needed in course offerings and preparation levels.
3. Study trends in funding sources, including tuition, fees and appropriations, and expenses, including salaries, inflation and institution-specific costs to determine if institutions have the necessary resources to achieve their mission.
4. Evaluate the need for additional flagship and research institutions to determine necessary changes in the governance structure of higher education systems and institutions.
5. Monitor the impact of HB 588, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, in increasing the diversity of students in college and the performance level of students admitted under the top 10 percent plan. Evaluate ways to increase the diversity of students in graduate-level and professional-degree programs.
6. Conduct active oversight of the agencies and institutions under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Funding Issues in Education, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: College preparatory curriculum | College preparedness | Educational technology | Foundation School Program | Higher Education Assistance Fund | Permanent School Fund, Texas | Permanent University Fund | Recommended High School Program | Scholarships | School finance | Student aid | Textbooks | University budgets | University enrollment | University finance | University graduates | University graduation rates |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 f962
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [55 pages  File size: 2,414 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the current status of student financial assistance and tuition exemption/waiver programs. Identify possible criteria to be considered by the Legislature in evaluating such proposals and to establish priorities for these programs in the future.
2. Review the appropriateness of current allotments, weights, and set-asides under the Foundation School Program to fund school districts.
3. Study the management, investment, and distribution of funds dedicated to public and higher education, including the Permanent School Fund, Available School Fund, Permanent University Fund, Available University Fund, and Higher Education Fund. The Committee should review the purpose of these funds and the ability of these funds to continue to meet the needs of the state.
4. Study the factors affecting undergraduate enrollment and graduation rates at public colleges and universities in Texas, and make recommendations for any necessary legislative action. The Committee should consider the costs of higher education and the availability of financial assistance to students; collaborative efforts between higher education and public education systems; and student recruitment and retention efforts. The Committee should also consider methods to effectively measure institutions' performance in meeting enrollment and graduation goals set by the Legislature.
5. Evaluate and, if needed, make recommendations to determine need and allocation of funds for higher education budget special items, medical schools and Texas A&M Service agencies.
6. Study the costs of textbooks for public schools and, if necessary, make recommendations to improve the purchasing process to ensure that Texas schools are receiving the best price possible. In its work, the Committee should examine the use of computers and other technological resources as alternative teaching aids to textbooks and consider whether these alternative resources are more economical and efficient in enhancing the learning capacities of children
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: Joint Higher Education, Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Higher education in the new Texas : report of the Joint Select Committee on Higher Education to the 73rd Legislature, state of Texas.
Subjects: Higher education | Higher education affordability | Medical education | Minority students | Nursing education | Nursing shortages | School dropouts | Tax system | University budgets | University enrollment | University faculty salaries | University finance | University graduation rates | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 ed84hmr
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [104 pages  File size: 4,500 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the purposes, performance, administrative methods, formula allocation system and the use of funds appropriated for higher education.
2. Review the goals for higher education established in the master plan for higher education adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and identify specific goals that the state must attain by the year 2000. The final report shall also contain recommended goals to be met on a biennial basis until the year 2000;
3. Assess the performance of the Texas higher education system in accomplishing the following purposes, with particular attention to the comparable performance of states, regions, and nations with which Texas competes: 1. preparing an adequate number of well-informed citizens and qualified professionals, as measured by enrollment rates, retention rates, incidence of degrees and certificates granted, performance on state licensure examinations, and other appropriate measures; 2. preparing an adequate number and quality of professionals in various fields to ensure a competitive work force, with emphasis on the supply of professionals compared to the demand and projected need of such professionals in the future; 3. preparing an adequate number and quality of public school teachers and administrators to provide for an effective and efficient public primary and secondary school system; 4. providing access to higher education programs to all citizens, regardless of age or ethnicity; and 5. providing to organizations and individuals in Texas access to relevant research results and new ideas in support of a dynamic economy;
4. Conduct an analysis comparing trends in funding per student, expenditure per student, administrative cost per student, and other relevant measures of comparison of the Texas higher education system and the systems of other states with which Texas competes
5. Examine methods of projecting student enrollment and projections through the year 2000 for each sector of higher education.
6. Review institutions' expenditures of funds and use of authority to set and collect fees.
7. Examine methods for colleges and universities to share critical resources using cooperative degree programs, telecommunication access to libraries, computers, selected classes, and coordinated research programs.
8. Examine means to reduce dropout rates and increase opportunities for students to achieve educational goals quickly and with a minimum of wasted effort;

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