First Alerts

TACT First Alert - September 17th, 2014

Grade Inflation Called a Crisis

Thomas Lindsay says grade inflation undermines the morale necessary for the learning required to compete in the workforce.  As director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Higher Education, Lindsey references a study that shows 15 percent of all grades were A’s in the 1960’s and have nearly tripled to 43 percent now.  He quotes Texas A&M’s Valen Johnson reporting that students manipulate their GPA’s through class and professor selection.  Professors reap benefits of easier grading from better student evaluations leading to tenure, promotion and salary increases.

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The Texas Association of College Teachers is offering discounted membership and EPLI (Educators Professional Liability Insurance) for First Time Members. For only $108 you will receive up to $2,000,000 in coverage plus legal fees.  Please be assured that this EPLI should be your NUMBER ONE “Back to School” item on your list. 

TACT First Alert - August 15, 2014

Why Educators Professional Liability Insurance?  Because intellectual property ownership is a squishy and litigious thing.

TACT is frequently asked why faculty need, and TACT provides, professional liability insurance.  The link below is to an article outlining how a husband/wife faculty team developed intellectual property which was used without their knowledge or permission, and they sued to reinstate their rightful ownership.  Read the Article HERE.

 

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Inside This Issue:

•         Current Activities from TACT President Cindy Simpson

•         Executive Director Chuck Hempstead’s Report 

•         50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

•         2014 ORP Report

 

 

 

Senate Committee Discusses Teacher Preparation, Certification and Retention

The Interim Senate Higher Education Committee met this morning to take testimony on teacher issues.  The first panel comprised Education Commissioner Michael Williams and Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes.  Highlights included: