Wednesday, September 5, 2018

8:00 AM

Capitol Extension, Room E1.016




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, September 5, 2018, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.016, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Kel Seliger, Chair


Senator Paul Bettencourt

Senator Royce West, Vice Chair


Senator JosÚ MenÚndez

Senator Dawn Buckingham


Senator Kirk Watson

Senator Larry Taylor






The chair called the meeting to order at 8:00 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


Senator Seliger moved adoption of the minutes from the previous hearing held on August 22, 2018; without objection, it was so ordered.


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


Improving Transferability: Examine and make recommendations regarding policies that will help students make informed decisions regarding transferring credits among institutions and promote efficient completion of degrees and credentials. Study the adequacy of advising for transfer students in secondary and post-secondary settings. Focus on statewide solutions that will address transfer for all Texas students, including Fields of Study curricula, the role of the Core Curriculum and additional tools that will help students transfer credits efficiently toward a degree.


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

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 10:43 AM 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