TACT Corners House Speaker Straus

While attending a political event this past weekend, TACT Vice President of Legislative Affairs Mary Jo Garcia Biggs found the opportunity to visit briefly with Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.  After initially mentioning our concern that many candidates have expressed support for guns on campus legislation, she described how universities are losing top faculty due to uncompetitive compensation.  Several years ago, system chancellors were testifying that Texas was hiring top talent from states that entered the recession before Texas; now some of those same faculty members are moving out of state to places investing more heavily in top instructors and researchers.

Join TACT at half-price: We shout on your behalf!

Join TACT at half-price: We shout on your behalf!

Some Texans think public policy occurs only during Legislative Sessions in odd-numbered years. Not true. Not when both remaining Republican candidates for Lt. Governor favor guns on campus. Not when Texas Grant scholarships are funded less than they were five years ago. Not when faculty salaries still trail the average of the other top ten most populous states, or public retirement system participants are being asked to pay more of the costs. Not when objectives are to push more students through the pipeline faster, rather than permit flexibility that places the students’ needs first.

O.K., we’re a special interest group. YOUR special interest group. Lobbyists. Every professional has one except those who think elected officials will “do the right thing.”

Spring Membership Discount now Available

Spring Membership Discount available now through April 28th!  Online form available HERE.

TACT Elections

TACT Elections

Coincidentally, today being election day, the Texas Association of College Teachers is asking you to vote on next year’s association leaders (and reminding you to let your colleagues know that you are voting for the state officials who will determine much of your professional quality of life).

At its meeting Friday, February 28, the TACT Board of Directors approved the Nominating Committee recommendations and asks for your favorable approval for the following individuals for terms beginning June 1.

February eBulletin available now

Download the eBulletin here or go to:
http://www.tact.org/JanFebMarch.pdf
 

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