Higher Education Costs and Officer Elections

What is the price of ignorance?  Much higher than the price of higher education, according to a new International Youth Foundation study.  While the cost of higher education continues to be lambasted in political arenas, not going to college proves to be much more expensive than paying for a degree.  According to the article, an investment in a college education yields a higher lifetime return than even an investment in stocks and bonds.

TACT Elections.  The State Board has adopted the Nominating Committee’s recommended slate of officers for the upcoming 2012-2013 year.  The slate is:

  • 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)

Please send an email to to cast your vote.  Please indicate whether you approve or disapprove of the candidates.  Voting is open for one week, through next Wednesday April 11, 2012.  Results will be announced next week at the conclusion of the voting period.

The Southwest Teaching and Learning Conference took place this past Friday and Saturday at Texas A&M – San Antonio.  TACT was a sponsor of the event that focused on how technology enhances the teaching and learning process.  The Keynote Speaker was Ms. Elaine Mendoza, former Vice-Chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and current Regent of The Texas A&M University System.

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!

Illinois TRS might be heading toward insolvency, according to an article in Springfield’s State Journal-Register.  In a confidential email, the executive director suggests decreasing benefits for already retired teachers.  In contrast, you can be assured that TACT is closely monitoring and will continue to monitor the TRS of Texas. We can report that it is actuarially sound, and we will continue to be vigilant on behalf of our members.

Retirement Issues and Other News

An Austin-American Statesman article details how “Retired school employees in Texas could face major changes to their health care because the state fund that pays for their insurance is projected to run out of money in 2015… Lawmakers have known for years that the health care fund would eventually run out of money, though the exact date has been a moving target.”

State Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, indicated that, like in 2003, all parties will contribute to the additional costs.  He added, "This cannot be a two-year fix. This needs to be a program that will last for at least 10 years."  View the entire article here.

The TACT Spring Membership Drive has begun!  Recruit your friends and colleagues to join TACT now – it is only $125 for membership and Educators Professional Liability Insurance through 10/31/2012.  Suggest TACT so they will not only receive legislative advocacy, but also the personal protection needed in today’s higher education climate.  And remember, your dues allow TACT to work with policymakers to help positively affect your profession and way of life, not just for the current membership year, but for years to come. 

Thank you for all the submissions during the Winter Membership Drive!  TACT wants to congratulate Donald McClaugherty, whose name we drew as the winner of the Kindle Fire!  

Thanks again to all those who referred colleagues to TACT, keep up the good work recruiting new members.

The February TACT eBulletin is Here!

TACT eBulletin - February 2012

The Official Newsletter of the Texas Association of College Teachers

Download the eBulletin here or go to:

 Inside This Issue:

  • Letter from TACT President Peter Hugill
  • Executive Director’s Report from Chuck Hempstead
  • Reminder: What’s in Your Office, on Your Computer, Isn’t Really Yours, by Gaines West
  • TACT Spring Conference: the 13 Points
  • TACT Conference Wrap-Up and Legislative Issues
  • TACT Conference Photos
  • Thanks to The James M. Puckett, Ph.D. Government Relations Fund Contributors!
  • Spring Membership Drive

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Are you interested in helping your collegues or do you just have some interesting information to share?

TACT wants to hear from YOU!

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Win a Kindle Fire!

Help us keep TACT thriving by inviting your colleagues and friends to join the association. 

For every person you recruit to join TACT through February 29th, your name will be entered to win a Free Kindle Fire!  Just make sure your name is listed in the “Referred By” field so we can track your entries!

Watch movies, read books, surf the internet, and more: all in one device!  See the official promo video here.

Need help with recruitment?  Forward them the TACT history video: 60 Years of Success, or direct them to the TACT History Page.

Thank you for your dedication to your association, and we look forward to hearing of your success.

Spring Conference

The TACT Spring Conference is upon us!  Join us February 17-18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin.  We are hitting the steps at the Capitol Friday morning for our semi-annual legislative visits.  Let us know if you would like to join us as we continue our advocacy for your profession.  TACT secured Gaines West, partner at West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentrty, P.C., and an expert in Higher Education Law, to speak on the developments in higher education workplace policies.  Don’t miss his legal perspective on how the legislative budget cuts to higher education affect faculty.  Also on the agenda is an update on the recent goings on of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 

Call our office today to reserve your spot (only $40, including dinner on Friday) - 512-419-9275.

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