TPPF statement on departure of University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa …Statement by Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., Director of TPPF’s Center for Higher Education:

«The Texas Public Policy Foundation congratulates outgoing University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa for his efforts over his five years in office in advancing the causes of higher-education affordability, accountability, and transparency in the UT System. Cigarroa’s 2011 ‘Framework for Advancing Excellence’ establishes timetables to improve graduation rates, student academic advising, and online courses. It aims also to keep tuitions down and to strengthen faculty reviews, including post-tenure reviews, among other goals. The Chancellor’s Framework is a serious approach to the plight of students and taxpayers, and should further reduce the cost of higher education for both.
«We look forward to his successor’s building on the foundation laid for him. As students, their parents, and taxpayers know well, there remains much to be done in the field of higher-education reform. Chancellor Cigarroa deserves the admiration and respect of all Texans for taking the first, indispensable step toward these urgently-needed reforms.»
Thomas Lindsay, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He is a former deputy chairman and chief operating officer of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has more than two decades of experience in higher education management and instruction.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit free-market research institute based in Austin.
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