Justin Keener – Response To a Draft Note by UT System Chairman Gene Powell
Statement by Justin Keener, spokesman for Texas Business for Higher Education, in response to media reports on a draft note by UT System Chairman Gene Powell on improving quality, reducing tuition, and increasing access.
“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas’ population increased by 4.29 million people between 2000 and 2010. During that same time, enrollment at UT Austin increased only 2 percent while operating costs per student increased 62 percent, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. This trend is unsustainable in the long term.
“Anyone who cares about higher education should read the chairman’s note for themselves. Striving to be the best in the nation and serving more students are noble goals. It is the responsibility of the regents to ask these questions and set high goals; it is the job Texans expect them to perform. Too many academically-qualified Texans are denied a college education because of the high cost or enrollment caps, and we enthusiastically commend the regents for asking tough questions and seeking solutions.”
Chairman Gene Powell’s draft notes on quality, costs, degrees, and tuition:
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board data on operating expenses per FTE student:
Go to this site, http://www.txhighereddata.org/Interactive/Accountability/, and click on “Universities” under “Institutional Efficiency and Effectiveness”
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board data on enrollment:
About Texas Business for Higher Education:
Texas Business for Higher Education is a coalition of Texas business leaders, entrepreneurs and Texas public university alumni and donors aimed at supporting the advancement of Texas’ public higher education system.
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