The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1965 to represent the highest authority in the state in matters of public higher education. The mission of the THECB is to provide leadership and coordination for Texas higher education and to promote access, affordability, quality, success, and cost efficiency through 60x30TX, resulting in a globally competitive workforce that positions Texas as an international leader.
Key functions of the THECB are to provide a statewide perspective to ensure the efficient and effective use of higher education resources and to eliminate unnecessary duplication; develop and evaluate progress toward a long-range master plan for higher education; collect and make accessible data on higher education to support policy recommendations; make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transitions, including between high school and postsecondary education, between institutions of higher education for transfer purposes, and between postsecondary education and the workforce; and administer programs and trusteed funds for financial aid and other grants as necessary to achieve the state’s long-range goals and as directed by the Texas Legislature.
There are numerous systems and campuses across the state in different stages of development of CBE programs. THECB’s degree program approval process considers the use of CBE and other innovative educational delivery models. Institutions report CBE course enrollments through the Texas Accountability System. THECB also supports the development and expansion of CBE programs through coordinating the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate grant program, with funding support from the Texas Higher Education Foundation.