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HOUSTON – The Greater Houston Partnership voted to approve two key resolutions on higher education in the Houston region at its September Board of Directors meeting. Resolutions included support for the passage of Proposition 4 addressing the creation of additional national research universities in Texas. Previously, the Board passed a resolution in support of the University of Houston’s designation as the state’s next top tier university. The Board also expressed support for the 2009 Houston Community College Proposed Service Plan for the Spring Branch and North Forest Communities.

Supports Passage of Proposition 4 (HJR 14-2) Related to Creation of Additional National Research Universities in Texas
The Greater Houston Partnership supports the passage of Proposition 4 (HJR 14-2) related to the creation of additional national research universities in Texas. The Partnership encourages our Members to provide information to their employees concerning the impact of the Constitutional Amendment which will be on the ballot on November 3, 2009.

The ballot language states: “The constitutional amendment establishing the national research university fund to enable emerging research universities in this state to achieve prominence as major research universities and transferring the balance of the higher education fund to the national research university fund.”

The Partnership’s stated position expressed in the 2009 Legislative Agenda was to support the designation of the University of Houston as Texas’ next Tier One University. With the passage of HB 5/SJR 35, the bill creates a competitive funding process for National Research University (Tier One) status.

2009 Houston Community College System Proposed Service Plan for Spring Branch and North Forest
The Greater Houston Partnership supports passage of the Houston Community College (HCC) Service Plan for the Spring Branch and North Forest Communities’ capacity to upgrade and renovate existing buildings to better serve the area’s diverse community.

Spring Branch Service Plan Highlights
HCC plans, under its proposed service plan, to increase the Spring Branch campus student enrollment and, in concert with Spring Branch ISD, expand the Early College Program and Dual Credit course offerings for Spring Branch high school students.

North Forest Service Plan Highlights
HCC plans to develop an Early College High School in the North Forest Community. HCC will offer Dual Credit academic and vocational technical courses for North Forest students.

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