The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is an independent and objective source for the completion of research and education projects and programs focused on major issues impacting Texas and the Nation both now and in the future. The Center seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic, economic, geographic, social, and environmental conditions impacting the current conditions in, and future of, Texas and other areas in the Nation.
TEXAS VIEW: Higher Ed Still Has Way to Go
From Odessa American: Today, more Texans are enrolled in two- or fouryear programs than a decade ago, the result of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s plan in 2000 to increase enrollment, especially among African-American and Hispanic youngsters.
The Road to 2030: Self-driving Cars, Big Data and the Future of Texas
From Houston Press: In 2010, 53 percent of all children born in America were non-Hispanic white, a 7 percent decline from a decade earlier. Before 2020, non-Hispanic white kids will be the minority.
From Houston Chronicle: Students from low-income families, who, without question, are more expensive to educate, now make up slightly more than 60 percent of the state's K-12 enrollment. Far too many don't make it through to graduation. Rice University demographer Steve Murdock notes that by 2040 - a mere 25 years from now - four out of every 10 Texas workers will not have a high-school diploma.
College Success Needs to Grow
From San Angelo Standard Times: U.S. population growth is being driven by Hispanics; no other ethnic group is being replenished by enough babies or immigrants to keep its overall population from declining.
Valuing Diversity and Investing in Our Nation's Children
From the Huffington Post: Without adequately funded education, nutrition, housing, early education and care, and other basic supports, the foundation of children's well-being is at risk. When children grow up without adequate supports, they are less able to support themselves and to contribute to economic growth as adults. . . . A continuous decline in federal support for children over the next decade bodes poorly for their future or the future of the nation.