Legislative

Austin American-Statesman Editorial Board Agrees with TACT

Today in the Austin American-Statesman the Editorial Board penned this Editorial that agrees with TACT about the harmful nature of Outcome Based Higher Education standards. They argue that during this time of budget shortfalls for the state that higher education on all levels shouldn’t be forced to make cuts when enrollment rates are surging at more than 12.2% for two-year public schools.

Pre-Filing for the 82nd Legislature is Under Way

Now that the election season is over, we have turned our focus into following what is going on in the large domed building in the middle of Downtown. Here are just a few of the bills we are looking at. For a more complete list, please see the eBulletin you will receive soon.

HB 86 - Concealed Carry on College Campuses - By David Simpson Allows for anyone with a Texas concealed handgun license to carry on a college campus, or inside of any building of which an activity sponsored by the institution is being conducted.

Student Financial Aid may take significant hit in next session

The Austin American-Statesman reports today that student financial aid may be slashed by up to $108 million in the next two-year budget. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board met in Austin this week to discuss recommendations on cost efficiencies in higher education.

TACT President-Elect to speak at Senate Higher Ed. Meeting

The newly-constituted Senate Higher Education Committee will meet next Thursday at the Capitol to discuss Interim Charge Four:

Study and make recommendations regarding the current accountability system and ways to measure student progress, faculty workload, and student advising; and to improve time-to-degree. Examine the quality of academic advising services to ensure that students are taking courses relevant to their degree program and are on path for graduation. Study and make recommendations to eliminate unnecessary or duplicative reporting requirements.

Urgent warning about proposed change in how Texas public universities are funded

Dear TACT Colleagues:

We are writing to you to give you an urgent warning about a matter that we believe deserves your careful attention. Recently the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has proposed an “Accelerated Plan for Closing the Gaps by 2015.” This plan aims increase the percentage of students, especially Hispanic and African American students, who successfully complete a college education. The relevant documents are available from the THECB website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/ . TACT has long been a strong supporter of the “Closing the Gaps” initiative, and we stand firmly behind recommendations in the plan such as providing all high school students with a rigorous curriculum, improving the effectiveness of developmental education, and implementing comprehensive student support services.

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