The below statement is from the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education in response to yesterday’s announcement by Senator Zaffirini and Representative Branch that the first public hearing of the Joint Oversight committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency would be held in September. The Committee’s release is below for your reference.
COALITION encouraged by announcement of FIRST HEARING OF joint oversight committee on higher education governance, excellence and transparency
AUSTIN—The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today issued the following statement in support of the announcement that the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency would hold its first public hearing on September 21, 2011:
“We commend Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst, Speaker Straus, Senator Zaffirini and Representative Branch for their unwavering commitment to improve quality, accessibility, efficiency, and transparency in higher education. As we continue to discuss and advance thoughtful, constructive dialogue around improving higher education in Texas, we applaud our legislative leadership for making higher education a top priority. We support these leaders as they work together with the public to solve the challenges facing higher education and look forward to productive discussions at this and future hearings.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 23, 2011
Will Krueger, 512/463-0121
Candice Woodruff, 512/463-0367
JOINT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION
GOVERNANCE, EXCELLENCE AND TRANSPARENCY
TO HOLD FIRST HEARING
AUSTIN –Today the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency posted notice for its first public hearing, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Room E1.036 of the Texas Capitol.
Co-Chaired by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, and Representative Dan Branch, R-Dallas, the committee was created by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus to ensure that governing boards follow best practices when developing and implementing policy; look for major policy decisions to be adequately vetted and discussed transparently; and protect the excellence and high quality of our state’s institutions of higher education.
Senator Zaffirini and Representative Branch also chair the standing higher education committees of their respective chambers.
Other House members appointed by Speaker Straus are Representatives Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton; Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; Eric Johnson, D-Dallas; Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; and Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie.
Other Senate members appointed by Lt. Gov. Dewhurst are Senators John Carona, R-Dallas; Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock; Rodney Ellis, D-Houston; Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo; and Kirk Watson, D-Austin.
“Higher education oversight is critical because our colleges and universities are among Texas’ most important assets,” Senator Zaffirini said. “They not only equip our future leaders to be lifelong learners, but also conduct nationally recognized research, thereby expanding knowledge, creating new technologies and positioning Texas at the forefront of the knowledge-based economy.”
“I thank the Speaker and the Lt. Governor for the opportunity to serve, and for assembling a team of thoughtful legislators who care deeply about the importance of higher education in Texas,” Representative Branch said. “Governance of our universities is important because, in so many ways, higher education will set the course for the future of our state.”