RP63 – Relating to the creation of the Texas Southern University Advisory Committee.
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF TEXAS
January 26, 2007
WHEREAS,Texas Southern University provides educational opportunities for Texas residents and individuals from around the nation and the world; and
WHEREAS,Texas Southern University’s excellence in higher education is essential to promoting long-term economic growth and ensuring a stable, long-term source of educated Texans; and
WHEREAS,Texas Southern University is one of two comprehensive Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Texas and one of the four-year colleges in Texas with an open enrollment policy, accepting all eligible students with a high school diploma or GED equivalent; and
WHEREAS,it is in the state’s and students’ best interests to improve excellence of academic programs and graduation rates at Texas Southern University; and
WHEREAS,the faculty and administrative staff at Texas Southern University have adopted a “Five Point Vision” that includes fiscal responsibility, service and accountability in administration, hospitable learning and living environment, commitment to community outreach and academic and faculty excellence; and
WHEREAS,with the rapidly rising costs of a higher education all across Texas, colleges and universities must implement fiscal and administrative practices to aid retention and graduation rates of students seeking a higher education;
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 as the Chief Executive Officer, do hereby order the following:
Creation.The Texas Southern University Advisory Committee ("Committee") is hereby created. The Committee shall examine, evaluate, and make recommendations on relevant issues to the Board of Regents on the future fiscal needs of Texas Southern University.
The Committee should seek, consider, and evaluate reports on the overall administration and budget as it relates to ensuring a quality educational experience for Texas Southern University students, to include administrative governance, financial aid, technology in instruction, strategic planning, and exemplifying a culture of academic and professional excellence both internally and externally.
Composition and Organization.The Committee shall consist of members appointed by the governor. All appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor. The governor may designate a member of the Committee to serve as chair of the Committee. The Chair may appoint sub-committees to fulfill the purposes of the Committee. The Chair shall determine the meeting times and places for the Committee.
Administrative Support.The Office of the Governor, Texas Southern University, the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and other state agencies may provide staff and funding to assist the Committee as necessary. Institutions of higher education throughout the state are strongly encouraged to assist the Committee in their study and research.
Recommendations and Report.The Committee shall develop a set of recommendations to improve the fiscal management of Texas Southern University so that taxpayers are provided a transparent review of their tax dollars and so that students and their parents can be confident in the value of the cost of educational programming as the university continues to focus on increasing graduation and retention rates. The Committee shall submit a full report, including findings and legislative recommendations, to the board of regents, with copies provided to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives prior to March 15, 2007. Any subsequent work of the Committee 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 and this order shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding governor.
Given under my hand this the 26th day of January, 2007.
Secretary of State
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