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Spring 2011 - 62033 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Legislative Issues in Higher Education

Instructor(s): Saenz, Victor
Unique Number: 62033
Day & Time: M 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Room: SZB 376
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Course Overview

Topics for these policy seminars have included environmental and natural resources policy, health-service delivery policy, social welfare policy, transportation policy, science and technology policy, international affairs, national security, urban and regional growth policy, and political campaigns.


Section Description

This course focuses on legislative and policy issues in public higher education within the state of Texas. Offered concurrently with the Texas state legislative session, the course covers topics ranging from understanding the state-level policymaking process to financing higher education to exploring specific policy issues related to access, equity, and diversity. The policy issues that the state legislature considers related to higher education have a significant impact on the lives of countless families, students, faculty, and staff across the state. These policy debates also shape the educational opportunities for future generations, presenting yet another level of urgency and saliency to these discussions.

The 82nd session of the Texas Legislature provides an important opportunity to observe the forces (educational, political, social and economic) that are involved in making higher education policy in this state. This course is designed to be a practical, hands-on educational experience. We will attend legislative sessions and committee hearings that are relevant to higher education. Students will be expected to track the activities of legislative committees that deal with important higher education issues. Several guest speakers will be invited to share their impressions, goals, and expertise concerning the session, politics, and policy as they relate to higher education.