The Lone Star Report reported last week that a group previously neutral to the higher ed reform controversy, the Coaltion for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE), blasted Governor Perry over his support for reform.
Given extensive associations of CEHE with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and President George W. Bush, both of whom have had differences with Governor Perry in the past, some onlookers wonder if this is a political attack timed to stress Governor Perry's presidential considerations.
Meanwhile, grassroots activists appreciate Governor Perry's courage in taking on the higher education establishment. Costs have nearly quadrupled since 1986 without a corresponding improvement in education, and some evidence of slippage.
Additionally, Texas higher ed fosters values exceedingly out of step with the population who both pay for and rely on the educational product being provided.
At a time when our federal government's entrenched spending habits must change if we are to avoid disaster, it's very likely Governor Perry's taking on of higher ed will be seen as a credential.
-Lone Star Report article