FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says the state needs to produce more job-ready college graduates and invest further in higher education.
Dewhurst on Thursday declined to identify specific proposals he would support in the upcoming legislative session that starts in January. But he says he's hearing from businessmen who say they don't have enough job applicants who can pass basic exams and a drug test.
He says legislators may support tying state funding for colleges and universities to graduation rates or other "outcomes-based" factors. Gov. Rick Perry has suggested connecting 10 percent of an institution's state funding to such factors.
State lawmakers in 2011 cut nearly $1 billion from higher education spending, and schools now face calls to make their degree programs more affordable.