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Legislatie update 17 Nov. 2014
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Author:  Ben Stafford [ Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Legislatie update 17 Nov. 2014

Here's info from Steve Johnson's Monday Update.

Pre-Filed Bills

The pre-filing period began on Monday November 10th. To this point 458 bills have already been filed for the next legislative session. This process will continue as we head towards the January 13th opening day of the 84th Texas Legislature. During the pre-filing period before last session more than 700 bills were filed.

Higher Education Coordinating Board - Strategic Planning Committee

The committee met on November 13th to continue deliberations on the next strategic plan for Texas higher education. The committee heard two presentations: First was Wynn Rosser, President & CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation who discussed the growth and success of dual credit and early college high schools in the state. Next committee members heard from Lawrence Abele, Director of the Institute for Academic Leadership and Provost Emeritus, Florida State University, who discussed guided pathways to completion. After these presentations the committee held a working lunch at which they discussed goals and possible targets and strategies for the next long-range strategic plan for Texas higher education. Specifically, the Committee discussed measurable targets and potential strategies for achieving each of the following proposed goals:

Educational Attainment
- By 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans aged 25-34 will have a postsecondary credential or degree.

- By 2030, at least 550,000 students in that year will complete a certificate or an associate, bachelor's, or master's degree from a Texas public, independent, or for-profit college or university.

Marketable Skills
- By 2030, all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills.

Student Debt
- By 2030, undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60 percent of first-year wage for graduates of Texas public institutions.

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