A lecture at U.T.P.B. aimed to answer that question Friday.
Executive Director of Educate Texas John Fitzpatrick was at the university for their President's Day lecture Friday.
Fitzpatrick has gone to schools all over the state, working on public -- private partnerships that will create model high schools for low income students.
The changes he expects statewide -- higher Hispanic student population, and a growing number of first-generation college students -- are happening even faster in the Permian Basin.
Fitzpatrick says that using technology effectively is another challenge for the future of Texas.
"Kids today are growing up immersed in the worlds of technology," Fitzpatrick tells Big 2. "In most classrooms -- whether it's college or higher ed -- kids are told to turn off their technology, and it's not being used or integrated into their classrooms. I think there are some interesting things going on in the Permian Basin, where schools and universities are actually using technology to help kids and faculty members accelerate learning."
Fitzpatrick also stressed the importance of Early College High Schools, which get students on a strong footing before they go to colleges.
Fitzpatrick says he expects to see those programs grow across the state.