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When the 86th regular session of the Texas legislature adjourns in May 2019, Texas will be nearly one-third of the way toward the conclusion of its 15-year higher education strategic plan, 60x30TX. That means the legislature will have put in place a state budget and policies that will largely determine the likelihood of the state reaching its 60x30 goals in higher educational attainment and completion, providing all college (both two- and four-year) graduates marketable skills, and keeping student debt at manageable levels. In preparation for the 86th session, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board makes both budgetary and policy recommendations to the legislature intended to accelerate the state’s progress toward achieving these goals.