Texas Sets Goals to Increase Black Enrollments and Degree Attainments in Higher Education

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently released a report drafting a plan for the future of higher education in the state. The report, entitled Closing the Gaps: The Texas Higher Education Plan 2015, calls for an increase in black student enrollments by more than 56,000 students by 2015. At the present time, 4.6 percent of all African Americans in Texas are enrolled in higher education. The target goal is for 5.7 percent of all African Americans in the state to be enrolled by 2015.

The report also sets a goal of increasing the number of African Americans earning degrees in Texas from 9,000 to 16,000 by 2015. The report also recommends increased funding for the historically black Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University.