Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has appointed Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor, to serve on the Texas Commission on Community College Finance.

Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor, has been appointed to serve on the Texas Commission on Community College Finance by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

“Making sure higher education remains affordable and accessible to all students is critical to keeping the Texas economy strong,” said Head. “I am honored to serve on this commission and look forward to working with my fellow members to keep community college education available to everyone.”

The commission was approved by Senate Bill 1230 during the 87th Texas Legislature to make recommendations for consideration by the 88th Texas Legislature regarding the state funding formula and funding levels for public junior colleges in Texas.

“Community colleges are a major part of creating a better future for Texas, and it is very important that they remain on an economically sustainable path and that they are affordable for our students,” said Patrick in a statement. “These appointees have spent their careers standing up for Texas students and I have total confidence that they will continue to do so on the Texas Commission on Community College Finance.”

Sen. Brandon Creighton and Sen. Larry Taylor were also appointed to serve on the commission by Patrick. In all, the commission will be composed of 11 members with three members appointed by the governor, three members appointed by the lieutenant governor, three members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one member appointed by the board of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and one member appointed by the board of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees.

“Lone Star College is proud to be a trusted resource to the state of Texas in helping develop new and innovative policies that will advance student success,” said Head.

The commission will examine trend and forecast data, seek stakeholder input, and account for equity in student outcomes, while focusing on students who are underrepresented in higher education. It will also make recommendations on the following: contact hour funding, the use of student success points, historical or innovative funding methods for supporting underfunded colleges and the feasibility of establishing shared service agreements or interinstitutional collaboratives where institutions of higher education perform.

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