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ERIC Number: ED510585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr-29
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
Accelerated Plan for Closing the Gaps by 2015
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Texas launched its ambitious strategic plan for higher education, "Closing the Gaps by 2015," in the year 2000 to create a statewide vision for closing the higher education gaps within Texas and between Texas and other leading states. The plan focuses on bringing Texas to national parity in four critical areas of higher education: participation, success, excellence, and research. This statewide strategic plan is one of the first of its kind, and has been widely embraced by education, business, political, and community stakeholders across Texas. "Closing the Gaps" sets specific statewide goals in increasing participation in higher education, increasing success (i.e., certificates, undergraduate degrees, and other identifiable student successes from high quality programs), increasing the number of nationally recognized programs or services at colleges and universities in Texas, and increasing the level of federal science and engineering research and development obligations to Texas. Over the past ten years Texas has reached many significant milestones in "Closing the Gaps" but achieving 2015 goals will require additional efforts and focus by all stakeholders. Reaching the goals of "Closing the Gaps" will be a significant accomplishment for Texas. Gains in higher education have the potential to strengthen Texas' economic base, attract innovative businesses and top-flight faculty to the state, generate research funding, improve quality of life, and enhance the overall stature of the state. Achieving the "Closing the Gaps" goals by 2015 is within reach. However, significant gains are needed on several important goal areas where progress is lagging behind targets. In order to reinforce the statewide vision put forth in "Closing the Gaps" and move Texas aggressively toward the 2015 goals, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) has developed this "Accelerated Plan for Closing the Gaps by 2015." This plan heightens the agency's focus on four areas where Texas is behind its 2015 targets and highlights strategies that increase the pace of Texas' gains in these critical areas; based on recent years' momentum toward achieving participation goals, the accelerated plan is weighted toward strategies to increase success (i.e., certificate/degree/program completion) for students across Texas. Appended to this report is an overview of the Coordinating Board Strategic Planning Process and a list of stakeholders engaged in the strategic planning process. (Contains 3 tables and 6 footnotes.)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711. Tel: 800-242-3062; Tel: 512-427-6101; Fax: 512-427-6127; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A