Senator Zaffirini Asks TACT’s Support for Faculty Bill

Texas Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Judith Zaffirini is considering re-filing last session’s SB 67, the faculty assault leave bill. It would require that faculty receive their full compensation while recuperating from an assault while performing their duties, without any reduction of any other accrued leave.

Because TACT supported the legislation in 2011, we were contacted to confirm that we still favor the concept. The language of the former bill may be found here.

ORP Resources

Convenient links to the most popular ORP carriers in Texas higher education are found here.

For a comprehensive overview of the rules and rate histories of TRS and ORP, you may view the report provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Coordinating Board to Review Affordability

This Thursday's Higher Education Coordinating Board is discussing the cost of higher education. Few issues are more important than this Thursday’s Agenda Item IV-A: Discussion of Financial Aid Strategies to Encourage Student Success. TACT will be there for you, and we encourage you to listen in, write your thoughts, e-mail us an article, and join in the conversation.

At approximately 9:00 AM Thursday, July 26, Board Members will hear from national experts about best practices to prevent pricing students out of higher education while state appropriations are diminishing.

The TACT May eBulletin Is Now Available!

 TACT eBulletin

 May 2012

The Official Newsletter of the Texas Association of College Teachers

Click here for the electronic eBulletin or go to:

http://tact.org/bulletin/may12

Officer Election Results

TACT Election Results:  The nominees for TACT office have all been elected!  The officers take office June 1st, they are as follows: 

 

  • President-Elect:  Cynthia Simpson (Sam Houston State University)
  • Vice-President of Legislative Affairs: Mary Jo Garcia Biggs (Texas State University)
  • Vice-President of Membership: Chad Rose (Sam Houston State University)

·         Hard Choices Ahead: Performance and Policy in Texas Higher Education: The Institute for Research on Higher Education in conjunction with The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released a report detailing mismatched priorities and incompatible goals within Texas Higher Education.  Read the full article here. 

·         Now is the perfect time to donate to the GRF.  As TACT continues formulating plans and strategies for the next Legislative Session now is a great time to make a donation to the James M. Pucket, Ph.D. Government Relations Fund.  TACT regularly monitors and attends policy meetings for state agencies like the THECB and keeps a watchful eye and ear on all pertinent committees in the state Legislature.  Your gift helps TACT keep fighting on your behalf.  Donate here! 

·         The TACT Spring Membership Drive is in full force!  New or renewing members can join now for the discounted price of only $125, which includes TACT membership and the Educators’ Professional Liability Insurance.  The price is good through May 31st, so tell your colleagues now, before it’s too late!

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