Governor Greg Abbott of Texas instituted a statewide hiring freeze this January 2017. The freeze affects state agencies from now until the end of August 2017. State funded agencies are discouraged from posting new positions and are stalled from filling current vacancies, according to a memo issued by the governor’s office last month.

The Department of Family and Protective Services is exempt, and certain agencies may be granted waivers on a case-by-case basis. Positions that have a “direct impact on public safety” as well as those under the direction of elected officials are also exempt. These include the Attorney General’s Office, the Texas Department of Agriculture, the Texas Supreme Court and the Railroad Commission of Texas, among others.

The freeze will impact universities differently, as public institutions often maintain a diverse source of funding streams. Approximately 30% of funding for traditional, four-year, public institutions is composed of state funds. Private institutions and those that rely on mixed funding streams may continue filling new staffing requests with little to no consequence.

Governor Abbott contends that the freeze will free up more than $200 million to fund critical initiatives throughout the state of Texas. One of these priorities include reform efforts targeted at the Texas foster care system and Child Protective Services (CPS). During the State of the State address, Abbott reported that more than 100 children died under the care of CPS during last year alone.

The Department of State Health Services currently has 324 job postings; 450 are posted at the Department of Aging and Disability Services. There are 154 openings at the Department of Transportation and 102 with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Although a total estimate is not available, thousands of positions are expected to be impacted by this legislation.

Abbott’s proposed budget will also divert funds toward the state’s pre-K program, allocating more than $118 million to fund pre-K initiatives. This figure is double the amount proposed by prior Texas state lawmakers.

In Texas, there are more than 105 state-funded educational institutions of higher learning. These include state-funded universities, community colleges, health-related institutions, state colleges, and the technical college system. The non-exhaustive list that follows includes the names of the institutions and community colleges that may be impacted by this freeze.

Public/State-Funded Universities

  • Angelo State University
  • Lamar University
  • Midwestern State University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Sul Ross State University, Rio Grande College
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M International University
  • Texas A&M University* All Branches/All locations
  • Texas Southern University
    Texas State University * All campuses/All locations
  • Texas Tech University* All campuses/All locations
  • Texas Women’s University
  • The University of Texas* All campuses/All locations
  • University of Houston* All campuses/All locations
  • University of North Texas* All campuses/All locations
  • UNT Dallas College of Law
  • West Texas A&M University

Community Colleges

  • Alamo Community College *All campuses/All locations
  • Alvin Community College
  • Amarillo College
  • Angelina College
  • Austin Community College
  • Blinn College
  • Brazosport College
  • Central Texas College
  • Cisco College
  • Clarendon College
  • Coastal Bend College
  • College of the Mainland Community College District
  • Collin County Community College District
  • Dallas County Community College *All campuses/All locations
  • Del Mar College
  • El Paso Community College District
  • Frank Phillips College
  • Galveston College
  • Grayson College
  • Hill College
  • Houston Community College *All campuses/All locations
  • Howard College
  • Kilgore College
  • Laredo Community College
    Lee College
  • Lone Star College *All campuses/All locations
  • McLennan Community College
  • Midland College
  • Navarro College
  • North Central Texas College
  • Northeast Texas Community College
  • Odessa College
  • Panola College
  • Paris Junior College
  • Ranger College
  • San Jacinto College *All campuses/All locations
  • South Plains College
  • South Texas College
  • Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
  • Southwest Texas Junior College
  • Tarrant County College *All campuses/ All locations
  • Temple College
  • Texarkana College
  • Texas Southmost College
  • Trinity Valley Community College
  • Tyler Junior College
  • Vernon College
  • Victoria College
  • Weatherford College
  • Western Texas College
  • Wharton County Junior College

What are you experiencing in your state? How are hiring freezes affecting you and your work? 






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