10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 04, 2010
E1.036 (Finance Room)
Senator Steve Ogden
The Senate Finance Committee will meet on August 4, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in
room E1.036 of the Capitol Extension.  The Committee will hear invited and
public testimony regarding the following interim charges.
Study and make recommendations regarding formula funding and its impact on
the cost of attendance and methods of financing higher education
institutions, including funding differences for pharmacy and nursing
programs; research funding; performance funding; and funding for
institutions that face capacity student enrollment. Specifically address
the following:
Methods of financing capital projects at higher education institutions,
including the levels of deferred maintenance, the impact of deferred
maintenance on the ability to offer basic instructional services, and the
methods used to finance deferred maintenance projects. Recommend
alternatives for providing a structured and recurring funding mechanism
more suited to the state’s fiscal capacity and institutional needs
Supplemental funding for structured programs that are essential for
student success and for meeting the goals of Closing the Gaps, including
those that provide concentrated student academic and personal support
services for universities that enroll a high proportion of non-traditional
or at-risk students. Study and make recommendations regarding the quality
and effectiveness of academic advising, focusing on resources, staff
development, and impact on time-to-degree.
Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate
Committee on Finance, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and
make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance,
and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
Monitor ongoing faculty recruitment and retention for Texas nursing
schools, and assess the impact of increased state funds to nursing schools
to increase faculty salaries and add new teaching schools.
Those wishing to give public testimony, please limit prepared remarks to 3
minutes.  If submitting written testimony, please provide 25 copies, with
your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.
** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **