TACT Legislator of the Year

State Representative Donna Howard has been selected as the TACT Legislator of the Year!  Rep. Howard (D-Austin), who serves on the House Higher Education Committee, was selected for her focus on students during committee deliberations, her continuing support for the TEXAS Grant, and for favoring the use of higher education specialists in the design and testing of public education.  She also insists on maintaining the quality of education while others seem more interested in the quantity of students receiving degrees.

Inaugural Hearing of Joint Oversight Committee

Yesterday marked the inaugural meeting of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency.  The bipartisan committee is co-chaired by Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) and Representative Dan Branch (R-Dallas).  Discussion focused on reducing the micro-management of state universities by Boards of Trustees. 

Former TACT President Opines About Higher Education

Former TACT President Forest G. Hill (1975-76) writes at length in Friday’s Austin American-Statesman about the negative impact of outside political interference on higher education.  Read his insight here as he compares the current climate to some dire times of the past.

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. 

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