Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors
The Council is comprised of the chief executive officers of Texas' publicly-supported general academic universities, two Lamar State Colleges and the Lamar Institute of Technology, system offices, and health science centers. Established over 20 years ago, the Council provides a forum for discussing the mutual needs, concerns and issues facing public universities in Texas and encourages inter-institutional cooperation in meeting the higher education goals of the state.
CPUPC (pronounced See-Pup-See) members traditionally meet the evening prior to the quarterly meetings of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Lamar Medal Award: The CPUPC is pleased to partner with colleagues represented by the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) and the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) in presenting the annual Mirabeau B. Lamar Award for outstanding service to higher education in Texas. The Association of Texas Colleges and Universities (ATCU) initially sponsored this award, beginning in 1977. Since 2008, CPUPC, ICUT and TACC have continued the tradition of this award and look forward to the ceremony each January. For information, contact Rissa McGuire, CPUPC Executive Director. Click the paragraph heading for a list of Lamar Award Recipients. Congratulations to Mr. Woody Hunt of El Paso, our 2017 honoree.
The next Mirabeau B. Lamar Award ceremony will be conducted January 24, 2018, in Austin, Texas.
Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol The next UGRD will be conducted in 2019.
The 2017 UGRD was conducted March 28. Sixty-three research projects were displayed, with approximately 150 students and faculty in attendance. Thirty-three public general academic institutions, 5 health institutions and several private universities were represented by their outstanding research students and presentations. The 2015 UGRD was conducted March 4. Sixty-eight research projects were displayed, reflecting the work of approximately 100 undergraduate students from 57 general academic and health-related institutions across Texas. Abstract book available here.
April 26, 2013: With the purpose of showcasing undergraduate research projects from across the state, the 2013 event included the display of 68 research projects representing approximately 100 students from 53 general academic and health institutions statewide. Research projects are described in the Abstract Book with a few photos available here.
February 14, 2011: A statewide event conducted by the CPUPC and Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. (ICUT). Eighty-six research projects were presented, reflecting the work of approximately 140 undergraduate students from 52 general academic institutions across Texas. The EVENT PROGRAM describes the research conducted, lists participating universities and includes greetings from Governor Perry, the Honorable Senator Judith Zaffirini and the Honorable Representative Dan Branch. Click here to see a few event photos .
2010 Transfer Report: "Improving Student Transfer Rates from Texas' Public Community Colleges to Public General Academic Institutions: Recommendations Addressing Participation and Success" (November 2010). The report prioritizes the recommended initiatives presented in the 2008 CPUPC report (link below), including the recommendation that a Statewide Transfer Issues Advisory Committee be established. Additional recommendations include sharing contact information pertaining to first-time in college and transfer-declared students and increasing the number and professional training of academic advisors. The report features a promising practices section, a summary of policy implemented in other states (including Texas), and provides a series of tables distinguishing different approaches in community college and university environments as a reference for potential transfer students.
2008 Community College Student Transfer Report: Identifying opportunities to increase the number of students who successfully transfer from a community college to a university is an important topic in public higher education. To advance this discussion in Texas, the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors prepared a diverse collection of potential strategies as presented in “Improving Texas Community College Student Transfer Rates to General Academic Institutions: A Report Featuring Recommendations for the Coordinating Board, Higher Education Institutions, and the State.” Recommendations provided in this report are not prioritized; instead they identify potential action items for further consideration by 1) the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and institutions of higher education (IHE’s), 2) partnerships with community colleges and general academic institutions, 3) general academic institutions, and 4) the state legislature. This report is intended to serve as a helpful resource and springboard to advance discussion regarding this topic.
Scheduled meeting dates for CPUPC include:
--(Coordinating Board, July 27) Note: the CPUPC will not meet in July.
--October 25, 2017 (Coordinating Board, October 26)
--January 24, 2018 (Coordinating Board, January 25)
Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors 1103 West 24th Street, Austin, Texas 78705 Phone: 512-923-8517