Bullet Dodged as Guns on Campus Bill Dies!

After months of wondering whether our universities would remain safe havens or turn into versions of the Old West, the infamous concealed carry bill has died.  This is the second time the bill has been killed since its introduction in 2009. Read more on this subject here.

This is a big victory for college teachers everywhere.  Rest easy this summer, knowing this bill has been staved off for another session!

First Alert: $10,000 Degree Discussion

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board met yesterday to discuss Governor Rick Perry’s idea of a $10,000 Bachelor’s Degree.  Dr. Van Davis, the Special Projects Director in the Academic Affairs and Research Division for the THECB, presented a framework for a $10k degree, what the obstacles are, and what we is already progressing.  Please find his presentation here and the summary of the presentation here.

 TACT will continue to monitor this progress and insist that any new programs maintain the quality and academic rigor that the students deserve.

 There is strength in numbers.  Ask your colleagues to join the cause and become a member of TACT. 

First Alert: Call To Action

TACT Executive Director Chuck Hempstead has been sweating it out at the Capitol all month, advocating for college teachers across Texas.  The time is now to help your association by donating to the Government Relations Fund.  As little as $25 today will help create a brighter future for you and your colleagues tomorrow.

 Our legislative efforts are working to keep your campuses safe by fighting the guns on campus bill in the Senate, where it has been successfully stalled thus far.  And the controversy regarding the role of research in higher education rages on, particularly at the University of Texas.  This week, the Coordinating Board’s primary policy issue is the concept of a $10,000 Bachelor’s degree.

 Are you concerned about your career?  There is strength in numbers.  Ask your colleagues to join the cause and become a member of TACT.  

It’s time for us to stand together for higher education in the state of Texas.  Please lend a helping hand as we spend the final weeks of the session down at the Capitol, advocating for critical issues to protect your livelihood. 

Contribute Today!


First Alert: Senate Restores TEXAS Grants Funding

 At the 2010 Fall Conference, the TACT Board of Directors adopted the legislative agenda,  including maintaining the funding for the TEXAS Grants scholarship program.  During the budget writing process, the TEXAS Grants program was scheduled to be reduced by 41%.  Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee voted to restore the majority of the funding to the program.  Below is an article from the Dallas Morning News covering the story.


Senate budget writers favor student financial aid over research

ByRobert T. Garrett/Reporter
rtgarrett@dallasnews.com | Bio

3:26 PM on Tue., Apr. 12, 2011 | Permalink

The Senate Finance Committee voted 13-1 Tuesday to restore 90 percent of current funding of the TEXAS Grants program, the main financial aid program at state universities and colleges.

First Alert: Delay of Concealed Carry Legislation

 A piece of legislation that TACT has been diligently advocating against, SB 354, the concealed carry on campus bill, has been stalled in the Senate Chamber.  The author of the bill, Senator Jeff Wentworth, lost a few key votes on Thursday that he needed to bring the bill to the floor for debate.  Two legislators reversed their positions on the bill showing that there are some legislators who are nervous to implement such dangerous laws.

 The TACT office sent an email to all senators regarding the delay of the bill.  It follows:

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