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January 2008

Release Date: January 9, 2008

ASU President Appointed to Global Competitiveness Committee

Angelo State University President Dr. Joseph C. Rallo has been named to chair the Global Competitiveness Committee of the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors (CPUPC).

Dr. Rallo will serve as chair through the fall of 2008 when the committee will make its report to the Texas House Select Committee on Higher Education and Global Competitiveness.

The select committee was established by House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 159 during the last session of the Texas Legislature with a charge to examine a variety of issues in higher education to strengthen the state’s global competitiveness.

Findings and recommendations of the CPUPC’s Global Competitiveness Committee will be forwarded to the select committee for consideration in any legislation the next session of the Texas Legislature proposes to improve the state’s global competitiveness.

Areas that will be examined include: 1) trends in Texas higher education and their potential impact; 2) accountability standards and benchmarks for higher education; 3) strengthening regional support for higher education and its link with regional economic goals; 4) increasing the number of adults receiving post secondary education.

Also, 5) structuring educational funding in line with institutional outcomes that are aligned with state and regional priorities; 6) increasing the quantity, quality and commercialization of university-based research; 7) assessing long-term higher education capacity needs; 8) creating a policy research mechanism to track attainment of educational and economic competitiveness goals; and 9) the effect of tuition deregulation and tuition rates on rural and minority students.

As chair of the CPUPC Global Competitiveness Committee, Rallo will work with the presidents of other state public institutions to gather information and provide recommendations to the legislative committee on ways to help higher education respond to the issues addressed in HCR 159.

Rallo, a former business dean, assumed duties as ASU’s fourth president in June and guided the university through its realignment with the Texas Tech University System last summer and fall.