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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.

 

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

The TACT May eBulletin Is Now Available!

 TACT eBulletin

 May 2012

The Official Newsletter of the Texas Association of College Teachers

Click here for the electronic eBulletin or go to:

http://tact.org/bulletin/may12

Officer Election Results

TACT Election Results:  The nominees for TACT office have all been elected!  The officers take office June 1st, they are as follows: 

 

  • President-Elect:  Cynthia Simpson (Sam Houston State University)
  • Vice-President of Legislative Affairs: Mary Jo Garcia Biggs (Texas State University)
  • Vice-President of Membership: Chad Rose (Sam Houston State University)

·         Hard Choices Ahead: Performance and Policy in Texas Higher Education: The Institute for Research on Higher Education in conjunction with The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released a report detailing mismatched priorities and incompatible goals within Texas Higher Education.  Read the full article here. 

·         Now is the perfect time to donate to the GRF.  As TACT continues formulating plans and strategies for the next Legislative Session now is a great time to make a donation to the James M. Pucket, Ph.D. Government Relations Fund.  TACT regularly monitors and attends policy meetings for state agencies like the THECB and keeps a watchful eye and ear on all pertinent committees in the state Legislature.  Your gift helps TACT keep fighting on your behalf.  Donate here! 

·         The TACT Spring Membership Drive is in full force!  New or renewing members can join now for the discounted price of only $125, which includes TACT membership and the Educators’ Professional Liability Insurance.  The price is good through May 31st, so tell your colleagues now, before it’s too late!

Submit for the May eBulletin!

The bluebonnets are blooming, the rain is falling, and the students are… antsy for summer vacation!  What’s on your mind as Spring approaches this year?  How can TACT serve you better?  We want your opinions and observations of your profession.  Consider this your formal invitation to share what is important to you by submitting for the May eBulletin.  

Submissions can be from 1 to 3 pages, and may be edited for length.  Articles with pictures are highly encouraged, and if you are a first-time contributor, please include a headshot and short, 3-sentence bio.

Submit your article to the eBulletin Editor at TACT@bizaustin.rr.com by May 1, 2012.  

Have you heard about our Spring Membership Drive?  New members can join for only $125 until May 31, 2012, so act quickly and tell your colleagues about TACT now!

Also, a special congratulations to Donald McClaugherty, winner of the Kindle Fire for the Winter Membership drive!

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