Nominations & Applications for the Texas Higher Education Star Award

Each year, nominations and subsequent applications for the Star Award are accepted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) from eligible institutions across Texas. After an initial review by a THECB Internal Review Panel, a select group of applicants are named finalists. An External Review Panel (consisting of three board members of the Coordinating Board, three Texas business and community leaders, and three out-of-state higher education experts) reviews the applications of all finalists and determines which of the finalists will be honored with the Star Award on the basis of criteria established for that year.

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.


Inquiries should be direct to Mary.Smith@highered.texas.govor Mary.Mitchell@highered.texas.gov.