A wide-ranging hearing of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education touched on many aspects of college access, with emphasis on the role of community colleges in making higher education accessible and affordable. The committee was especially interested in the pros and cons of developing baccalaureate-degree programs at community colleges.
Among several other topics discussed was the growth of dual-credit and early-college programs allowing students while still in high school to earn college credits. Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes said some 130,000 students now are enrolled in these programs statewide. He called for analysis of the extensive data amassed on these programs and on how their students are performing.