Coalition Commends chancellor Cigarroa’s Leadership, Praises action Plan as Blueprint for Quality, Excellence in Texas Higher Education System
This morning at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Chancellor Cigarroa unveiled an “action plan” that puts concrete steps toward implementing the Framework for Advancing Excellence, which he delivered to the Board in May. Below is the Coalition’s statement regarding that plan. Following his remarks Coalition operating committee member, Melinda Hill Perrin, addressed the Board of Regents. Her remarks are also attached.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2011
AUSTIN—The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education released the following statement upon the unveiling of University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa’s plan for implementing the ‘Framework for Advancing Excellence.’ The plan, presented at the UT System Board of Regents meeting, is designed to bring increased accountability and transparency to the System’s universities and health institutions:
“Chancellor Cigarroa has outlined a thoughtful and comprehensive plan of action that continues UT’s legacy of excellence and culture of continual innovation. It also provides an exemplary blueprint for the future of higher education in Texas. This plan, developed in close collaboration with the System institution presidents and the Board, provides a roadmap for meeting the challenges for the future of higher education in Texas. Chancellor Cigarroa’s plan is in direct contrast to the simplistic, ill-conceived, and untested so-called ‘solutions’ being promoted by outside interest groups. The Chancellor’s thoughtful action plan was collaboratively developed, is evidence-based and consistent with forward-thinking educational policy. It will enhance existing quality, productivity, efficiency, and excellence throughout the UT System.
“This is not a prescriptive, top-down plan with a ‘one size fits all’ approach. The Chancellor’s plan takes into account the unique characteristics of each of UT’s component institutions, allowing them the flexibility, innovation and creativity to develop a roadmap that will put them among the best in their national peer institutions.
“It is now incumbent upon Chairman Powell and the UT Board of Regents to empower the System’s leaders, like Chancellor Cigarroa and President Powers, with the freedom and authority to implement this plan to attain timely realization of its goals. The Board, led by Chairman Powell, has voted to support both Chancellor Cigarroa’s ‘Framework for Advancing Excellence’ and the subsequent action plan; it is now time to encourage the Chancellor and the System’s presidents to successfully implement the plan, which will continue to improve and enhance the UT System.” Read more…