ERIC Number: ED475417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Update: Closing the Gaps in Excellence.
Gardner, David W.; Potter, Rissa
The excellence goal of the Closing the Gaps by 2015 plan developed for higher education in Texas is hard to define and quantify clearly. However, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and institutional representatives have developed a starting point to reassess areas of national recognition required to meet the goal. The excellence goal contains targets in three areas: national ranking, national program recognition, and the "Priority Plan" developed to strengthen education at two Texas universities, which sets benchmarks for progress that can be used at other institutions. A quick assessment of status related to the excellence targets, using data from a variety of sources, suggests that progress is satisfactory toward the benchmarks of the Priority Plan, but that higher education lags in other areas. Ranking health-related institutions and identification of programs for national recognition are moving in a somewhat satisfactory way toward excellence targets. Ranking research universities and ranking public liberal arts universities are targets for which progress is not satisfactory. (Contains 13 tables and 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Definitions, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Excellence in Education, Higher Education, State Programs
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711-2788. For full text: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/DataAndStatistics/.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas