2018 Almanac - Page 5



TEXAS
PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION
ALMANAC
Introduction
2017
2017 marks the second year of 60x30TX, the new higher education strategic
plan for Texas. In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott helped launch 60x30TX and, in
INTRODUC
TION
INTRODUCTION
Introduction
2106, charged the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education
working together to achieve the goals of 60x30TX. This tri-agency effort
included regional meetings that led to recommendations to the governor.
NATIONAL
Coordinating Board (THECB), and the Texas Workforce Commission with
In addition to the tri-agency collaboration, the THECB has done much to promote 60x30TX,
including producing this 2017 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac, which enables quick
The first 60x30TX Progress Report was disseminated in fall 2016. Much of the discussion in the
60X30TX
reference to institutional data and annual progress toward the four 60x30TX goals.
report pertained to strategies and initiatives implemented to promote the plan, as well as legislative
policy recommendations to help reach the plan’s goals. For example, the THECB undertook
several digital initiatives that align with 60x30TX. They include a soon-to-launch Grad TX mobile
GenTX mobile app that will allow students and parents to set up checklists and reminders about
important application deadlines and connect via social media; an updated state higher education
STATEWIDE
app to encourage students who drop out to return to college and complete their degrees; a
accountability system that will provide in-depth data on the state’s progress toward the 60x30TX
goals; and a new 60x30TX.com website sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that
related hot topics.
In addition to developing digital tools, the THECB sponsored events and conferences such as the
Marketable Skills Conference, TAB (Texas Affordable Baccalaureate) Lab, a P–16 conference, a block
COMPARISONS
provides a high-level, interactive view of the state’s 60x30TX progress, as well as insight into
scheduling conference, and eight regional 60x30TX workshops. The purpose of these events was to
and collaboration. THECB staff also made hundreds of 60x30TX presentations, both in and out of state.
Commissioner Raymund Paredes, board members, and key staff presented the plan at every board of
regents meeting, and most board of trustees meetings, in Texas. Since the plan’s adoption, the agency’s
board meetings have included major policy discussions related to 60x30TX on college readiness, dual
PROFILES: 4-YEAR
discuss strategies for reaching the plan’s goals and to encourage local, regional, and statewide innovation
credit, student completion, and student debt.
stories in national, state, and local venues. In a short time, 60x30TX has attracted the attention of
state and national higher education leaders and has inspired innovative initiatives to help students
achieve their higher education dreams. These efforts are only the beginning for 60x30TX and for
PROFILES: 2-YEAR
Media coverage of all 60x30TX events and the plan has resulted in hundreds of major news
achieving a bold Texas future.
APPENDIX
2017 TEXAS PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION ALMANAC
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