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UTA to host first regional 60X30TX Conference

In partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, The University of Texas at Arlington announces the convening of the first comprehensive regional gathering of North Texas leaders to discuss ideas on how to meet the targets of the state’s 60X30TX educational goals, programs that have been effective to date, and potential pathways for more collaboration among all educational organizations.

“60X30 North Texas” will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at UTA’s College Park Center, 600 S. Center St.

The overarching goal of the statewide higher education strategic plan calls for 60 percent of adults ages 25 to 34 to hold college degrees or certificates by 2030 in order to meet the workforce demands and intellectual capital expectations of the next generation of Texans. The THECB announced the new goal in 2015 as a continuation of the “Closing the Gaps” campaign to better serve the educational needs of Texas. UTA met and in many cases far exceeded the Closing the Gaps goals set for it by the Coordinating Board.

The conference is open to area public school systems, community colleges and other four-year universities, business and industry, government and nonprofit educational organizations.

Speakers will include THECB Commissioner Raymund Paredes, UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari, and Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, who will provide the luncheon keynote.

“The 60x30TX plan is bold with big goals to achieve over the next 15 years,” Commissioner Paredes said. “They will be a challenge to achieve, but it is something that we must do to maintain a growing economy and ensure a prosperous future for Texas. I anticipate that North Texas will identify and implement strategies that help this region and the state achieve our 60x30TX goals.”

President Karbhari added, “I am proud UTA worked aggressively to meet THECB’s Closing the Gaps goals set for us and not only met but exceeded most by large margins. The 60X30TX conference “Access, Success, Texas” provides the opportunity for all of us to commit to being even more successful in meeting with the new statewide goals. UTA is honored to host the first regional conference focused on this important mission.”

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About The University of Texas at Arlington 

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at