Closing the Gaps created an urgency and an agenda for improving higher education in Texas between 2000 and 2015. It focused on four areas: participation (college going), success (graduation), excellence (highly ranked universities) and research.
For the goal of participation and success, Closing the Gaps called tracking African American, Hispanic, and White results separately and, thus, established an equity agenda for post-secondary education.
Great strides were made in goal area.
Now the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has laid out ambitions for the next fifteen-year period. To accomplish its task, the Coordinating Board convened an all-star planning committee that included members from Greater Houston or once associated with Greater Houston: they are Laurie Bricker, Shirley (Neeley) Richardson, Larry Faulkner, and Steve Murdock.
The results: a 2015-2030 Strategic Higher Education Plan for Texas called 60x30TX.
60x30TX has staked out four goal areas, but they are articulated very differently from the goals in Closing the Gaps.
The first goal is the plan’s signature and overarching goal:
The other three goals address:
We encourage you to learn more. Here’s a link for downloading the entire plan: 60x30TX