Texas Student Success Council

TSSC 87th Legislative Session Recommendations Document

In Texas, only 23 percent of eighth-graders go on to complete a higher education credential. Yet of the 11.6 million jobs created nationally since the recession, 11.5 million require such a credential. The Texas Student Success Council (TSSC) was created in 2012 to address this disconnect by focusing on polcies that create smooth, streamlined pathways into, through and among institutions of higher education through:

  • Improved K-12 and higher education linkages
  • Portability of credits and credentials
  • Stronger education and workforce alignment

Educate Texas convenes the TSSC, which brings together diverse stakeholders to advance and advocate for policies that promote increased postsecondary student success and prepare them to compete in the 21st century economy. Convened by Educate Texas and chaired by Dr. William Serrata (President of El Paso Community College), the TSSC is composed of state and field stakeholders representing education (K-16), business and philanthropy, and has been fortunate to have the Chairs of the House and Senate Higher Education Committees, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission serving as Ex Officio members. The TSSC:

  • Develops policy recommendations based on research, evidence and best practices aimed at addressing key barriers to higher education student success
  • Educates and informs policymakers about key policy issues
  • Builds momentum for policy changes through collective action before and during the legislative session

This initiative has been highlighted by Jobs for the Future as a national best practice for this work.

Texas Student Success Council Members

K-12
MEMBER NAME INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Kim Alexander Roscoe Collegiate
HD Chambers, Vice-Chair Alief ISD
Walter Jackson Brenham ISD
David Vinson* Wylie ISD
Brian Woods Northside ISD
COMMUNITY COLLEGES
MEMBER NAME COLLEGE
Steve Head Lone Star College
Brenda Hellyer* San Jacinto College
Russell Lowery-Hart* Amarillo College
Joe May Dallas County Community College District
Richard Rhodes Austin Community College
William Serrata, Chair El Paso Community College
UNIVERSITY
MEMBER NAME UNIVERSITY
Guy Bailey University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Katie Brock University of Texas at Austin
James Hallmark, Vice-Chair Texas A&M University System
John Hayek* Texas State University System
Mark Milliron Western Governors University
Elizabeth Puthoff Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas
BUSINESS / WORKFORCE
MEMBER NAME ORGANIZATION OR COMPANY
Tony Bennett Texas Association of Manufacturers
Drexell Owusu Dallas Regional Chamber
Justin Yancy* Texas Business Leadership Council
PHILANTHROPY
MEMBER NAME FOUNDATION OR ORGANIZATION
Kristin Boyer Trellis Foundation
Adrianna Cuellar Rojas United Ways of Texas
Sue McMillin Greater Texas Foundation
Wynn Rosser TLL Temple Foundation
EX OFFICIO
MEMBER NAME AGENCY OR COMMITTEE
Brandon Creighton Senate Higher Education Committee
Harrison Keller Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Mike Morath Texas Education Agency
Chris Turner House Higher Education Committee
AFFILIATE MEMBERS
MEMBER NAME FOUNDATION OR ORGANIZATION
Peter Beard Greater Houston Partnership
Kevin Brown Texas Association of School Administrators
Dorian Cockrell Houston-Galveston Area Council
Martha Ellis Charles A. Dana Center
Cynthia Ferrell Texas Success Center
Jacob Fraire Texas Association of Community Colleges
Sidney Hacker Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Linda Garcia Center for Community College Student Engagement
Rissa McGuire Council for Public University Presidents and Chancellors

*Work Group Co-Chair

By helping students minimize the time and expense of obtaining a workforce-relevant degree or credential, the Council is driving success not only at the student level, but at the community and state level as well.

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