ERIC Number: ED475418
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-5
Reference Count: N/A
Regional Plan for Texas Higher Education (in Response to HB 1799, 77th Texas Legislature).
Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
This report was produced in response to a mandate of the Texas legislature requiring the development of a long-range plan for higher education by region. A wide variety of factors related to higher education were reviewed for the report. General demographic observations show that the state's population is expected to increase significantly in five geographic areas that represent 95% of the state's total growth and 88% of the population aged 15 to 34. Three regions, the Metroplex, Gulf Coast, and South Texas regions, account for almost 80% of the targeted enrollment growth statewide. Overall, a broad range of educational opportunities are currently available to students in all regions of the state. There are two major areas in which problems must be addressed: (1) the critical field areas in which programs are available but students are not enrolling and graduating in numbers sufficient to meet market demand; and (2) the need to offer high demand programs in regions in which they are not currently available. Among the expectations for higher education are that community colleges may require additional state funds and additional numbers of faculty members, and that all levels of higher education will face demands for more space. Recommendations are made to ensure that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board assess the needs of the higher education sector accurately for each region of the state. Six appendixes contain supplemental information about higher education offerings in Texas regions. (Contains 19 tables and 12 maps.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Enrollment Projections, Geographic Regions, Higher Education, Regional Planning, Strategic Planning, Trend Analysis
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 - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas