Wednesday, April 25, 2018

9:00 AM

Capitol Extension, Room E1.012




Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Higher Education was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.012, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Kel Seliger, Chair


Senator José Menéndez

Senator Royce West, Vice Chair



Senator Paul Bettencourt



Senator Dawn Buckingham



Senator Larry Taylor



Senator Kirk Watson






The chair called the meeting to order at 9:02 AM.


The chair laid out and made opening remarks on the following interim charge:


60x30 TX Statewide Plan Review: Examine progress in achieving goals within the 60x30TX plan, and review efforts of higher education institutions to implement innovative and non-traditional models of education delivery to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body. Consider whether current state policies and regulations may support or hinder institutions' ability to innovate in educational delivery and access. Make recommendations to accelerate innovation in higher education, to better serve students through expanded access to high quality educational opportunities, improve quality in educational delivery, and achieve goals outlined in the 60x30TX higher education strategic plan.


The chair then called invited testimony (see attached witness list).


A quorum was established at 9:25 AM.


Senator Bettencourt moved adoption of the minutes from the previous hearing held on March 21, 2018; without objection, it was so ordered.


The chair then opened public testimony (see attached witness list).


The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.


There being no further business, at 1:21 PM Senator Seliger moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.









Senator Kel Seliger, Chair




Daniel Warner, Clerk