State Legislative Hearings on Higher Education Coming Up

At a time of high controversy over appropriate measures of performance by state colleges and universities, two state legislative committees will get involved in the debate via interim hearings over the next few weeks.

The Texas House Higher Education Committee will hold an interim hearing next Wednesday, August 31, “to discuss matters pertaining to higher education, including an update on the Closing the Gaps Initiative.” (The initiative is the state’s formally adopted plan for improvements in higher education.) On September 21, a joint House-Senate Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency created last spring will get in on the act with a hearing of its own.

Texas AFT will be at both hearings. It will be important for views from the classroom level, not just from boardrooms and think tanks, to be considered as lawmakers weigh policy options for measuring the effectiveness of community colleges, four-year institutions, and universities.