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Texas Brief 2012

Texas has garnered broad public support for a set of statewide goals for higher education: increasing college enrollment, raising the number of degrees awarded, pushing the state’s colleges and universities up in the national rankings, and luring more federal research dollars.

And Texas has made progress toward these goals. Notably, compared to a decade ago, many more young Texans are graduating from high school ready to do college-level work, many more are going to college, and many more are finishing their degrees once they do enroll. In recent years, moreover, Texas has been a leader among states in developing policies to align high school course content with the knowledge students need to succeed in college, without taking remedial courses.

But the future of economic growth is at stake. The performance of higher education in Texas still lags well behind that of other states. Unless state leaders prioritize their goals for higher education and develop a plan to pay for them, Texas will be forced to close the doors to college opportunity for thousands of young people—many of them Latino—as a number of warning signs attest.

Press Coverage 

Star Telegram (5/28/12): Trowbridge: Texas legislators neglect low-income and minority students

Washington Monthly (4/20/12): Texas: The Wrong Solution

KGNB Radio (4/19/12): Increased tuition rates having negative effect on Texas higher education

San Antonio Express-News (4/18/12): Rising tuitions threaten Texans

The Texas Tribune (4/18/12): New report questions Texas' higher-ed priorities

Houston Business Journal BizBlog: Report findings clash with Texas' and Houston's higher ed. policy

Houston Business Journal (4/18/12): Report: Texas' higher ed. policy puts economy at risk

Houston Chronicle (4/18/12): Study: Texas faces "hard choices" in higher education

Star-Telegram (4/18/21): Study: Texas not making the grade in higher education

Inside Higher Ed (4/18/12): Report finds mismatched priorities in Texas

Reuters (4/18/12): Texas higher education must confront hard choices, Penn study finds

KETK NBC (4/18/12): Texas faces hard choice in higher education

BlogoWogo (4/18/12): Texas higher education plan nearly flunks study

Topix (4/18/12): Texas higher education must confront hard choices, Penn study finds


This report was part of the State Review Project, a project commissioned by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lumina Foundation for Education. Read more about the State Review Project.