ERIC Number: ED355993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Texas State Technical College Review.
Aumack, Bruce; Blake, Larry J.
Texas educational legislation for 1991 required the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to review the operations of, and the continuing need for, each of the four main campuses and five extension centers of the Texas State Technical College System (TSTCS), and to make recommendations concerning the facilities' continuation and/or abolishment. The TSTCS's mission is to offer occupationally oriented programs and supporting academic coursework for highly specialized, advanced and emerging technologies. To begin the review process, a review team was recruited by the THECB and, in keeping with the legislative requirements, findings were sought with regard to campus locations, student enrollment trends, funding mechanisms, physical facilities, industry support, and the need for technically trained workers in Texas. Principal findings and recommendations, based on site tours, interviews, and analysis of existing reports, include the following: (1) the system's four campuses were found to be fulfilling their legislative mandate, and the five extension centers were found to be more like community colleges than technical colleges, serving local needs and populations; (2) current funding for the TSTCS is inadequate, and special funding formulas should be developed to meet the TSTCS's operating and capital costs; (3) the TSTCS should limit its programmatic growth to advanced and emerging technologies, phasing out other programs; (4) the TSTCS should be limited to three regional campuses (at Waco, Harlingen, and Sweetwater) with current additional facilities becoming independent community colleges or part of the state community college system; and (5) the TSTCS should recruit students on a statewide basis. Data tables, and the TSTCS mission statement are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Finance, Educational Legislation, Enrollment Trends, Full State Funding, Institutional Evaluation, Labor Force Development, Mission Statements, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Termination, Role of Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.