The House Committee on Higher Education

84th Legislature

March 24, 2016

10:00 a.m.



Pursuant to a notice posted on February 5, 2016, the House Committee on Higher Education met in a public hearing and was called to order by the chair, Representative Zerwas, at 10:00 a.m.


The initial quorum call was answered as follows: Representatives Zerwas; Howard; Clardy; Crownover; Raney; and Turner, Chris.


A quorum was present.



The Committee met jointly with the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III.  Representatives Darby, Keffer, Otto, Schubert, and Stephenson were also in attendance.


The Committee convened to hear testimony on the following interim charge:

Conduct a review of current funding formulas for community colleges. Specifically, focus

on the elements of the instructional funding structure created by the 83rd Legislature:

core operations, student success points, and contact hour funding and also the

adequacy of state funding to sustain community colleges in light of the variance in

resources available to individual colleges. Make recommendations for possible changes

to the funding structure of community colleges or changes in the levels of current

funding given the future workforce and higher educational needs of the state.


(Representative Morrison now present.)


(Representative Alonzo now present.)


Testimony taken/registration recorded.  (See attached witness list.)


At 2:54 p.m., on the motion of Representative Howard and without objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair.




Rep. Zerwas, Chair




Nelda Hunter, Clerk