2012 Fall Conference Agenda and Registration

  • The agenda for the upcoming Fall Conference is available. You can view it here. Highlights include two panel discussions (“Texas’ $10,000 Competency-Based Bachelor’s Initiative” and “Mobilizing Support for Higher Education”), a keynote from Senator Kirk Watson (the Higher Education Senate Committee, the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance) and a legislative visit on Friday morning.
  • Register for the Fall Conference today!  This year’s conference will be held October 26-27 at the Embassy Suites - Central Austin. To reserve your spot, please print and mail this form along with the cost of registration and (if desired) the Friday-night banquet. The phone number for Embassy Suites is (512) 454-8004.

 

Senator Watson to Address Fall Leadership Conference

  • Senator Kirk Watson to present keynote address at Fall Leadership Conference. Representing District 14, Senator Watson is the chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, and serves on the Senate committees overseeing Business and Commerce, Economic Development, and Higher Education. He currently sits on the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency. We are honored to have Senator Watson as our keynote on October 26, and we are looking forward to his thoughts on the upcoming 83rd Legislative Session.

TACT Supports Chair Zaffirini’s Insistence on Excellence

The following email was sent from TACT to Chairwoman Zaffirini following a hearing yesterday of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Dear Senator Zaffirini:

Thank you for your deft chairmanship today at SHEC, to use your acronym, but I especially wanted to recognize your opening comments for your insistence on excellence.

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

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