During the 87th Texas Legislature, TACC advanced SB 1230 by Senator Larry Taylor and House sponsor Rep. Leo Pacheco which established the Commission on Community College Finance.
The Commission will make recommendations for consideration by the 88th Texas Legislature to establish a state funding formula and funding levels sufficient for sustaining viable community college education and training offerings throughout the state. The bill calls for a commission of twelve members to be appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Association of Community Colleges, and the Community College Association of Texas Trustees.
Members appointed will include community college administrators, business leaders, and other stakeholders knowledgeable in junior college mission, instructional programs, and finance. Once convened, this panel will exam trends and forecast data, gather stakeholder input and make recommendations that account for equity in student outcomes, with a particular focus on students who are underrepresented in higher education, including from families in the bottom quintiles of the economic spectrum. Community college leaders and stakeholders will work parallel to the commission through a Steering Committee established by TACC to aid the commission in its work.