NALEO Texas Statewide Policy Institute on Higher Education - NALEO Educational Fund

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September 28-29, 2018 | San Antonio, TX


The economic strength of Texas is rooted in its 28 million people and the diversity of its 12 regional economies. The state’s higher education system and their institutions serve as regional innovation and job creation hubs to provide added fuel for a growing state economy. With Texas home to more than 11 million Latinos, the future of the country’s economic health is dependent on post-secondary institutions equipping a globally-competitive workforce that will continue to drive long-term economic growth for the state and the nation. The decisions being made today by Texas leaders about how to advance policies and practices that accelerate and promote Latino degree attainment in the state will have long-lasting effects.  

For the state to meet the needs of the 21st Century, it is important that Latino policymakers become familiar with innovative and successful policies at the postsecondary level that drive Latino success in education and in the labor market. This two-day convening will bring together community college trustees, local workforce development board members, municipal level officials, and school board trustees from throughout Texas. The Institute is part of the NALEO Education Leadership Initiative (NELI) which aims to provide Latino public servants with the enhanced capacity and governance skills they need to become effective advocates for their students, families, and communities from birth to college completion. 

The Institute’s program will cover the following topics: 

  • Cultivating Higher Education for a Strong Economy: Understanding the Texas Landscape
  • Strengthening Shared Leadership to Increase Student Success
  • Leveraging the Transfer Process to Improve Student Success
  • On the Road to Prosperity: Academic and Postsecondary Pathways
  • Bolstering the Texas Workforce: Leading Through Regional Collaboration and Systems’ Alignment
  • From College to Career: A Discussion on the Future of Texas
Participants will strengthen their governance skills to support effective leadership, receive timely information, learn best practices, and exchange legislative policies and ideas around the most effective ways to address pressing educational issues. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and experts from throughout the state and the country.

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For more information please contact:

Uriel Alejo

Program Coordinator
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 4437
Email: ualejo@naleo.org

Schedule


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks


9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session I:

Cultivating Higher Education for a Strong Economy: Understanding the Texas Landscape


Texas’s economic power has traditionally been linked to the state’s public higher education system, in which its 106 postsecondary institutions serve as engines of economic mobility and prosperity. For the state to stay competitive in the global economy, experts have indicated that 60 percent of Texans will need a postsecondary credential by 2030. The state’s higher education plan, 60x30TX, focuses on reaching this goal. With more than 700,000 Latinos currently enrolled in postsecondary institutions across the state, it is evident that the future of the state’s economic prosperity is dependent on institutions being able to increase the number of Latino graduates who are prepared to meet the changing demands of the 21st Century economy and labor market. This session will provide participants with an update on current efforts being led by the state’s legislative body, Higher Education Coordinating Board and Workforce Commission as they work together to meet the 60x30TX goals and prepare our future educated workforce.

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Roundtable Policy Discussion


11:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Session II:

Strengthening Leadership to Increase Student Success


Today's changing economic environment demands innovative and effective education policymaking and implementation from all levels of government. Fulfilling the goals under the 60x30TX plan depends upon a bold and diverse community of leaders and policymakers who are eager to seize opportunities and embrace the challenge of serving in and leading evolving educational systems. This session will equip policymakers with data trends on the diversity make-up of various leadership roles in educational institutions K-16 and highlight governance strategies that support policies and practices that promote Latino student success in the classroom and beyond.

12:40 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Roundtable Policy Discussion


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Luncheon Program


2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

Session III:

Leveraging the Transfer Process to Improve Student Success


Students who depend on community college transfer as the pathway to four-year attainment are more likely to be first-generation and/or from lower-income families. In Texas, work has been done to better align high school dual enrollment coursework with college course requirements. Yet students still accumulate excess credits which do not count towards their postsecondary degree programs. To better support students and lower institutional costs, leaders at postsecondary institutions have strengthened practices around improving transferability and the application of student credits; allocated resources to provide advising to high school dual enrollment programs; and spurred stronger regional collaboration between two- and four-year institutions to better align offerings with regional labor market needs. In this session, policymakers will be informed of efforts that are being led by state, system, and institutional leaders around transfer strategies to significantly improve the experiences and outcomes for baccalaureate-seeking transfer students.

4:00 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

Roundtable Policy Discussion


4:10 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Break


4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Session IV:

Policy Implementation: Short and Long Term Strategies


Policymakers must work collectively to respond to the challenges facing their constituents and regions. This session will provide policymakers with an opportunity to engage in a rich discussion with each other to develop an action plan with short and long term strategies to improve student academic and workforce outcomes in their communities.  

5:05 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Evaluations



5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks


6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Opening Reception


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration


9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session V:

On the Road to Prosperity: Academic and Postsecondary Pathways


In many institutions of higher education, students are left to navigate a complex array of student support services and academic programs to successfully attain a postsecondary degree. Oftentimes students become discouraged and drop out because they do not see a clear path to meet their academic goals. Therefore, Texas has begun to implement academic and postsecondary pathway models aimed at supporting more youth to complete high school and attain college degrees or credentials for high-demand occupations throughout the state. These pathway approaches call for policymakers to restructure academic and career pathways at a systemic scale that lead to students’ end goals of transfer and college completion. This session will provide an overview of the various pathways approaches being implemented throughout the state and highlight early findings from institutions implementing these reforms to create clearer paths to student academic success.

10:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

Roundtable Policy Discussion


10:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session VI:

Bolstering the Texas Workforce: Leading through Regional Collaboration and Systems’ Alignment


The 60x30TX plan requires that regional partners strategically plan and coordinate the implementation of services to better align investment decisions that drive regional workforce outcomes. While regional partnerships that bring cross-institutional and sector coordination are promising strategies that can increase the economic mobility of students, there are many challenges that prevent coordinated alignment. In this session, participants will explore relevant, high-impact, and large-scale strategies focused on student outcomes and employment needs to support the leadership development and capacity needed to coordinate regional efforts to strengthen tomorrow’s workforce.

12:00 p.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Roundtable Policy Discussion


12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Luncheon


1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Session VII:

From College to Career: A Discussion on the Future of Texas


Texas’ higher education system is a driver for the progress and prosperity of the state’s economy. As the economic and labor markets continue to change, policymakers along with key stakeholders have an opportunity to work collaboratively to ensure that all students are ready to meet present and future workforce and labor demands. This session will offer participants the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders from industry sectors to reflect on topics presented throughout the Policy Institute and explore actionable opportunities to ensure students are equipped to meet the demands of a 21st Century.

2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Roundtable Policy Discussion


2:55 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Session VIII:

Policy Implementation: Short and Long Term Strategies


This session will provide policymakers with an opportunity to engage in a rich discussion with each other to develop an action plan with short and long term strategies to improve student academic and workforce outcomes in their regions and communities.  

3:25 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

Evaluations


3:35 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  

Closing Remarks

Contact


213-747-7606

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