Study: Texas Not Making The Grade In Higher Education

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

If Texas wants to be a stronger competitor globally in the future, it needs a plan that helps more people earn college certificates or degrees, according to a University of Pennsylvania report released Wednesday.

Texas faces a "worrisome" challenge because its higher education performance lags well behind those of other states, said Joni Finney, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Research on Higher Education and one of the report's authors.

The report indicates that Texas has a blueprint for improving higher education attainment but needs to create a strong financial plan that moves more college-ready high school graduates into community colleges and universities successfully.

"There's a lot of rhetoric there and commendable goals, but you need to figure out how to get from here to there," Finney said.

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