Policy Priorities

The Aim Hire Policy Coalition has adopted the following overarching goal, as well as six key policy priorities related to it, for the 88th Texas Legislature to improve the state's community college finance system to address workforce skills gaps, increase the wage-earning potential of Texans, and grow the state's GDP.

Goal: Expand economic opportunity by supporting community colleges in developing the skilled workforce required for Texas individuals, businesses, and communities to thrive and prosper. Ensure that all Texas students across every region of the state have access to high-quality learning opportunities at community colleges that equip Texans with 21st century skills they need to get good-paying jobs in high-demand industries.

Our 2023 Policy Priorities for Community College Finance Reform:

1. Improve outcomes-based funding that incentivizes student success in the workforce. Ensure the state’s outcomes-based funding is (1) sufficiently large enough to drive improved results and (2) aligned with outcomes that meet workforce needs and the state’s Building a Talent Strong Texas goals.

2. Ensure all community colleges have the necessary funding to maintain instruction and operations so students in all regions of Texas can participate in growing their regional economies.

3.  Increase financial aid to ensure student affordability so that more students have the opportunity to obtain postsecondary credentials by eliminating barriers of cost and accessibility.

4. Strengthen partnerships between education institutions and industry. Strengthen and incentivize community college-employer partnerships delivering credentials of value to meet regional and state workforce needs. incentivize via outcomes funding regional collaboratives that include high schools, higher education, and workforce to prioritize postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion aligned with regional workforce demand.

5. Further educational equity. Invest in resources to support traditionally underserved Texans, including those who are economically disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged and/or adult learners.

6. Enhance collaboration and cost-sharing across higher education institutions. Allocate additional resources to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to seed new programs, build internal capacity, and leverage its authority to facilitate and incentivize a more efficient network of community colleges in order to collectively meet state workforce goals.

For more information on how Texas policymakers can achieve these goals, read our coalition Report & Recommendations to the Texas Commission On Community College Finance.