Andrew Gillen, Ph.D., is a senior policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Erin David Valdez is the policy director for Next Generation Texas, an initiative of the Foundation.

Rather than focusing on college spending (and fruitlessly engaging in a never-ending game of-whack-a-mole), this committee should focus on revenue, as that is the ultimate determinant of spending. To control spending and costs, this committee first needs to determine how much total revenue per student colleges need. Texas can then use state funding to ensure both adequate resources and cost control.

Testimony to the Texas House Higher Education Committee