Texas College and University System Coordinating Board, Health Affairs Division:
An Inventory of College and University System Coordinating Board Health Affairs Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1964-1976, bulk 1969-1972
The Texas College and University System Coordinating Board was created by the Higher Education Coordinating Act of 1965 (House Bill 1, 59th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, amended in 1971 and again in 1987: Texas Education Code, Chapter 61, Sections 61.001-61.204). It succeeded the Texas Commission on Higher Education, created in 1953 (Senate Bill 341, 53rd Legislature, Regular Session). This temporary commission was to make recommendations to strengthen higher education in the state through coordination of leadership of senior colleges and universities. The Coordinating Board was composed of 18 members, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate; requirements included that board membership represent all areas of the state and that no member could be professionally employed or remunerated in the field of education during his or her tenure. The agency was renamed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1987 (House Bill 2181, 70th Legislature, Regular Session). The board is made up of nine members appointed by the governor for six-year terms. The governor also appoints the chair and vice-chair. The duties of the Coordinating Board are broad and complex, consisting of more than 50 separate charges in the original legislation and expanding since that date. It represents "the highest authority in the state in matters of public higher education," and must "provide leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system, institutions and governing boards" in order to "achieve excellence for college education of its youth through the efficient and effective utilization and concentration of all available resources and the elimination of costly duplication in program offerings, faculties, and physical plants." The board appointed the Commissioner of Higher Education to administer the agency, which employed a staff of approximately 70 in 1972. The responsibilities of the agency can be grouped into four subject areas: program development in academic and health education; financial planning and administration; campus planning and physical facilities development; and student financial aid programs.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 4th ed. (1972) and 11th ed. (2001); Legislative Reference Library of Texas, http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/index.cfm; and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board web site, http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/, both accessed on December 9, 2015; and the records themselves.)
The Coordinating Board, Texas College and University System, was a statutory board appointed by the Governor. It was responsible for statewide planning and policy-making to assure quality and efficiency in Texas higher education. The Board's primary areas of responsibility were financial planning, senior colleges and universities, community colleges, and continuing education, health affairs, student services and campus planning. Records consist of subject files, which include correspondence, agenda, minutes, reports, proposals, notes, newsletters, brochures, etc., relating to various public and private organizations concerned with health education in Texas and maintained by the Health Affairs Division, dating 1964 to 1976. The purpose of these subject files was to study the state of the education of health professionals as well as the needs of the state in regards to the health profession.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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Accession number: 1989/168
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Health Affairs Division of the Texas College and University System Coordinating Board (via the Records Management Division of the Texas State Library) on July 27, 1989.
Tony Black, November 1989
Encoded in EAD and revised for DACS-compliance by Susan Floyd, January 2016
Detailed Description of the Records