Senate Committee on Higher Education - 86th R.S. (2019)

Committee: Senate Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Adult education | Graduate-on-time programs | Higher education | Student aid | Student loans | Student transfers | University graduation rates |
Library Call Number: L1836.86 Ed83h
Session: 86th R.S. (2019)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 739 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Data Transparency: Explore methods to improve data sharing and transparency among state agencies, school districts and charter schools, and higher education institutions. Consider best practices to increase the ability of high schools and higher education institutions to support student post-secondary access and degree completion and how to provide policymakers with data on each. Recommend methods of integrating existing data systems at the K-12 and higher education levels to provide real-time support and direction for students.
2. Adult Learner Students: Examine existing innovative programs in higher education institutions that assist non-traditional students in completing a degree or credential, including first-time adult learners, re-enrolling students, first generation students, working adults, and at-risk students. Provide recommendations on methods the state can use to partner with higher education institutions to expand successful programs throughout the state.
3. Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Higher Education passed by the 86th Legislature, as well as relevant agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:
  • SB 16, 86th R.S., relating to a student loan repayment assistance program for certain full-time peace officers in this state;
  • SB 25, 86th R.S., relating to measures to facilitate the transfer, academic progress, and timely graduation of students in higher education;
  • SB 1757, 86th R.S., relating to student loan repayment assistance under the math and science scholars loan repayment program. Examine other methods and make recommendations to promote and expand teaching as a profession in Texas;
  • HB 3808, 86th R.S., relating to measures to facilitate the timely graduation of an attainment of marketable skills by students in public higher education. Consider and recommend methods to increase work-study and apprenticeship programs throughout the state; and
  • SB 810 (85th Legislature), relating to open educational resources. Report on the effectiveness of the Open Educational Resource Grant Program on college textbook affordability.

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