Council meeting dates and information regarding traditional events
are provided below.
Council meetings are traditionally held Wednesday afternoons before quarterly THECB meetings in Austin, as follows:
--April 21, 2021 (Coordinating Board, April 22)
--October 20, 2021 (Coordinating Board, October 21)
Please note: The Coordinating Board is also scheduled to meet July 22, 2021.
Texas Higher Education Distinguished Service Award
The Council 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 Texas Higher Education Distinguished Service 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.
Congratulations to Mr. Richard Castro of El Paso, our 2021 honoree, who will be presented with the award on March 3. Honorees are listed here.
(Pictured above is Mr. Mike Myers, the 2019 Lamar Award honoree.)
Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol
The sixth Undergraduate Research Day event will be conducted virtually February 23-24, 2021.
The fifth “Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol” event was coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC) and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc. (ICUT) on April 1, 2019, in Austin.
The event showcases undergraduate student research for Texas legislators and the public through high-quality poster displays. The program highlights how research conducted by undergraduate students positively impacts Texas -- and Texans -- with the theme: Transforming Texas Through Undergraduate Research.
In 2019, 69 research projects were displayed reflecting the work of numerous undergraduate students representing 59 college, university and health science center undergraduate programs across Texas (both public and private/independent institutions).
The event is conducted with the support of the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee and the Texas House Higher Education Committee.
Student participants, campus liaisons and faculty advisors have the opportunity to tour the Capitol, attend committee hearings and attend the daily meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives. Student participants are encouraged to work with their institution to schedule meetings with their respective legislators.
Additionally, representatives of the Texas Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals were present to encourage these outstanding students to enroll in a Texas Graduate School.
Each biennium we take this opportunity to showcase undergraduate research at the Texas Capitol. The first event was conducted during the 82nd Texas Legislative Session (2011).