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For over thirteen years, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy Orientation has been one of the nation’s top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. 

Policy Orientation 2016 will be held January 6-8 at the Hilton Austin. For more information and to register, please visit policyorientation.com.
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Wednesday, January 6 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
How Will Texas’ Rising, Low-Income Majority Afford College?

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Today, the majority of Texas K-12 students are minorities and/or from low-income families. The panel will offer possible solutions to make college affordable for this new majority once they reach college age.


Moderators
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Dr. Thomas Lindsay

Director, Center for Higher Education & Center for Tenth Amendment Studies, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tom Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Foundation’s Center for Higher Education. He has more than two decades’ experience in education management and instruction, including service as a dean, provost, and college president. | | In 2006, Lindsay joined the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) staff as director of the agency’s signature initiative, We the People, which supports teaching and scholarship in American... Read More →

Speakers
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Jorge Klor de Alva

President, Nexus Research and Policy Center
Dr. Jorge Klor de Alva is President of Nexus Research and Policy Center, an independent, non-profit research and policy advocacy organization whose goal is the improvement of colleges in all sectors striving to educate nontraditional and underserved students. Earlier he served as President of University of Phoenix. Previously he was The Class of 1940 Professor at University of California-Berkeley, before then, professor at Princeton... Read More →
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Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez

Texas House of Representatives
Elected in 2004, Rep. Martinez proudly represents District 39 located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  He has served on the Higher Ed Committee since 2013.  Rep. Martinez played a critical role in the passage of SB 24 during the 83rd Session which led to the creation of UT-RGV and the medical school. He currently serves as Vice Chair on the Transportation Committee and Secretary of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus.
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Dr. Ronald Trowbridge

Trustee, Lone Star College System
Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, Ronald L. Trowbridge was director of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the United States Information Agency, directing the Fulbright Program.  His position required U. S. Senate confirmation.  Later he became chief of staff for U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, publishing a book on the Chief Justice.  He holds a Ph. D. in English from the University of Michigan, where he taught... Read More →


Wednesday January 6, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Salon K

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