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Senate Committee on 21st Century Colleges and Universities, Special - 76th R.S. (1999)

Committee Members
Teel Bivins
Bill Ratliff
Carlos F. Truan
Royce West
Jim Adams, Chair
Kirbyjon Caldwell
Tony Garza
James G. Hooton
Betsy Goebel Jones
Margarita Diaz Kintz
Nancy Cain Marcus
Elaine Mendoza
John Opperman
Jeff Sandefer
Karen Shewbart
Danny Vickers
Pam Willeford
Charges
• The Commission shall study issues related to institutions of higher education and their role in contributing to the human capital needed for the State of Texas to be a leader in the new economy of the 21st Century. These issues should include, but not be limited to:
The accessibility and affordability of higher education with special attention to the long-term impact of the changing demographics of the state;
The future workforce needs of the state and the role of higher education in addressing those needs;
The appropriate role and mission of institutions in meeting state priorities;
The effective use of technology in delivering education and training;
The development and improvement of appropriate accountability measures and benchmarks to measure performance;
The development of strategies to pursue and attain academic excellence;
The role of higher education in investment in research and development and its link to economic growth;
The use of funding mechanisms to reward performance and provide incentives to address state priorities;
The formation of partnerships with business for training and re-training to address workforce demands; and
The role of the Higher Education Coordinating Board in pursuing state priorities.

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