House Committee on Higher Education - 66th R.S. (1979)

Committee Members


  • Study present policies of granting tenure to faculty members at public institutions of higher education and determine the impact of these policies in recruitment and promotion of minority and/or young faculty, as well as on academic freedom.
  • Review the funding of medical education in Texas, comparing funding trends with other states.
  • Study teacher education as it relates to teacher certification and other related matters at public institutions of higher education in Texas.
  • Review the structure and operation of Higher Education Authorities including their actual and intended purposes and activities, along with a review of the State's statutory responsibility toward and control over existing authorities.
  • Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of the agencies assigned to ths committee for appropriative purposes during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature.
  • Monitor the activities of the select committee established by SCR 101, 66th R.S., dealing with future funding of higher education and critique the recommendations of the select committee.
  • Study the feasibility of enhancing coordination of higher education by the creation of consolidated university systems and determine the influence of branch and upper-level institutions on such coordination.
  • Determine the effectiveness of college campus security in terms of the training of officers, use of firearms, etc.
  • Evaluate the performance of selected colleges and universities by analyzing student scores on professional licensing examinations and recommend what can be done to improve educational standards.
  • Catalog the tuition exemptions offered at Texas colleges and universities and suggest changes which are needed in this regard.


Michael Ezzell (Member) resigned 10/15/1980.

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