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TACT Quarterly eBulletin

Jan/Feb/Mar05 Vol. LVII No. 3

Texas Association of College Teachers ~ Defending Academic Freedom

President's Column
Legislative Efforts
by Dr. James Puckett, TACT President

TACT has been very busy working on behalf of higher education this year.  In this issue of the e-bulletin, Chuck Hempstead, our Executive Director, writes about our legislative efforts to increase faculty salaries, reinstate health and retirement benefits that were taken away in the last legislative session, prevent community colleges from offering baccalaureate degrees, and make shared governance a reality.  Frank Fair, our Vice President of Financial Affairs, describes our efforts to establish state-wide criteria for Optional Retirement Plans to prevent the gouging of faculty in some universities.  Ricardo Barrera, the Student Government Association President at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, relays student efforts to save the Texas Grants Program for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. 

The latter story is available to us due to TACT efforts to organize with student organizations to present a unified and strong voice to legislators regarding the needs of higher education.  In addition to working with Student Government Associations, we have begun working more closely with Texas Council of Faculty Senates and with the American Association of University Professors to effect the legislative changes listed in our legislative agenda. 

Make sure you continue to support TACT and to encourage others, also.  Together we can and will make a difference.

Jim Puckett, President

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