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RP67 – Relating to the Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding.

Friday, January 25, 2008  •  Executive Order

BY THE
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
Executive Department
Austin, Texas
January 25, 2008

WHEREAS, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 2000 issued a statutorily required 15-year master plan for higher education entitled Closing the Gaps by 2015; and
WHEREAS, Closing the Gaps by 2015 includes four specific goals relating to increasing participation rates, achieving higher levels of identifiable student success, increasing the number of nationally recognized programs at Texas colleges and universities, and increasing the level of federal science and engineering research funding; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that the State of Texas increase the number and quality of graduates, especially those in critical fields; and increase the number of community college students who transfer to universities and then earn baccalaureate degrees; and
WHEREAS, establishing an innovative incentive-based performance funding system is essential to furthering the goal of having institutions of higher education prepare students for the 21st century marketplace; and
WHEREAS, certain funds were appropriated to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by the 80th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2007, for incentive funding to specified institutions of higher education; and
WHEREAS, the 80th Texas Legislature passed H.C.R. No. 159 requesting that the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives create a Select Commission on Higher Education and Global Competitiveness; and
WHEREAS, the Select Commission is charged with examining various issues relating to higher education, including structuring higher education funding to reward student and institutional outcomes that are aligned with state and regional priorities; and
WHEREAS, a task force would assist the Select Commission in examining how to structure higher education funding to reward student and institutional outcomes;
NOW THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following:
Creation.The Task Force on Higher Education Incentive Funding (the “Task Force") is hereby created to develop recommendations for an incentive funding program for all public institutions of higher education in order to structure higher education funding to reward student and institutional outcomes that are aligned with state and regional priorities.
Composition.The Task Force shall consist of the following members:


  • Five public members appointed by the Governor;

  • One public member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

  • One public member appointed by the Lieutenant Governor;

  • The presiding officer of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or that officer’s designee from either current or former members of the Board; and

  • The Commissioner of Higher Education.

All members serve at the pleasure of the appointing official. The Governor may designate a member of the Task Force to serve as chair of the Task Force at the pleasure of the Governor.
Advisory Councils and Agency Support.As the Task Force deems necessary to carry out its duties, the Task Force may appoint sub-committees. The Office of the Governor and other state agencies may provide staff to assist the Task Force as necessary.
Advisory Councils and Agency Support.As the Task Force deems necessary to carry out its duties, the Task Force may appoint sub-committees. The Office of the Governor and other state agencies may provide staff to assist the Task Force as necessary.
Recommendations and Report.The Task Force shall develop recommendations for an incentive funding program for all public institutions of higher education. The Task Force report shall include recommendations for:

  1. structuring higher education funding to reward student and institutional outcomes that are aligned with state and regional priorities consistent with the objectives of H.C.R. No. 159;

  2. use of incentive funds appropriated to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board by the 80th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2007, for incentive funding to certain institutions of higher education; and

  3. establishing a system of incentive funding for all public institutions of higher education for consideration by the Texas Legislature during the 81st Regular Session.

Incentives recommended shall be based on performance outcomes that can be specifically documented, including but not limited to, increasing the number of overall graduates from degree and certification programs, especially in critical need fields as identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in Closing the Gaps by 2015; and degrees or certificates for at risk-students and expediting time-to-degree and transfers from community colleges to four-year institutions. The incentive program recommendations should also incorporate measures or factors of quality to assure the quality of degrees and certificates awarded by the institutions.
The Task Force, as appropriate, shall coordinate with the Select Commission on Higher Education and Global Competitiveness established by H.C.R. No. 159.
The Task Force shall submit a full report, including findings and legislative recommendations, to the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than July 15, 2008. Subsequent work of the Task Force may be addressed in supplementary reports as appropriate.
This executive order supersedes all previous orders on this matter that are in conflict or inconsistent with its terms. Unless extended or rescinded earlier by subsequent executive order of the Governor, this order shall expire and the Task Force shall be abolished on June 1, 2009.
Given under my hand this the 25th day of January, 2008.
RICK PERRY(Signature)
Governor
Attested by:
PHIL WILSON(Signature)
Secretary of State

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