Texas Higher Ed Commissioner on College Access – Podcast Episode 161 | Classnotes Podcast 161

Christie Goodman, APRClassnotes Podcast (March 29, 2016) IDRA recently brought together researchers, K-12 educators, policymakers, family and community leaders, higher education faculty, and students to give input on the future of post-secondary education in Texas and the study of HB5 implementation. House Bill 5 was passed in 2013, setting new graduation requirements and removing the more rigorous courses from the standard curriculum. In contrast, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s plan, 60x30TX, sets a goal that 60 percent of the 25- to 34- year-old workforce in Texas will hold a post-secondary credential by 2030.

At IDRA’s Ready Texas: Stakeholder Convening event, Dr. Raymund A. Paredes, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education, shares insights about how Texas students were faring under the previous curriculum plan compared to other states and what stakeholders need to examine now to assure the state is preparing all students for post-secondary success. He is interviewed by Christie L. Goodman, APR, IDRA communication manager with an introduction by Laurie Posner, MPA, IDRA senior education associate and director for the Ready Texas project.

The Ready Texas: Stakeholder Convening is a project of IDRA, hosted in collaboration with the UTeach Program, College of Natural Sciences, the University of Texas at Austin. This project was made possible through a grant from Greater Texas Foundation.

Show length: 06:59

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Ready Texas: A Study of the Implementation of HB5 in Texas

Report: Ready Texas: Stakeholder Convening Proceedings Report

Implementation of New Texas Graduation Requirements Needs Further Study

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Show Notes

  • Commissioner Paredes describes the key goal for higher education in Texas that is in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30TX strategic plan.

  • He describes how the state is doing in preparing and enrolling students for college, and for particular subgroups of students.

  • The Commissioner discusses the greatest challenges in implementing HB 5 (2013) and preparing all students for college?

  • He describes areas where more research is needed about HB5 implementation.