Star Award Program

The Texas Higher Education Star Award was originally established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in 2001 to recognize exceptional contributions toward achieving one or more of the goals of the former long-range Texas higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015. The state’s new higher education plan, 60x30TX, builds on the success of Closing the Gaps and is designed to establish a globally competitive workforce in Texas by 2030. The board of the THECB approved continuing the Star Award Program at its quarterly meeting in April 2016, with revised guidelines to recognize exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of 60x30TX – Educated Population, Completion, Marketable Skills, and Manageable Student Debt.

Please note that the Star Award Program for 2020 has been postponed.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, universities and colleges moving to online instruction, and independent school districts closed across the state, the Board of the THECB will consider guidelines for a modified 2020 Star Award program at a future quarterly meeting of the Board. Once decisions have been made concerning the 2020 program, a Call for Star Award Nominations will be sent to all eligible institutions, groups, and organizations, and information will be made available on this website.

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