First Alerts

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:

A message from the President of TACT

Earlier this month, TACT Past President Peter Hugill shared his enthusiasm and approval for a newly refreshed website to be activated this year.  We need your support to help with this endeavor.  As technology continues to make advances, and we need to attract young, technology-savvy faculty,we wantour site to be easy to use and easy to view, especially for portable devices. 

 
We have taken the first step to faster online communication with a NEW TACT EMAIL ADDRESS!   office@tact.org  

Join Me

Good day,

I was very enthused at our Saturday TACT State Board of Directors’ meeting about the direction of our association and the enthusiasm and commitment of both the Board and our Executive Director, Chuck Hempstead. One thing we accomplished was deciding to refresh what has become a very outdated website with new technology, especially for portable devices.
 
As you can imagine, resources are not there. Websites are so important now to how organizations like TACT reach members and prospective members that the Board and I recognized that we needed to make a special effort. I immediately made a contribution and am sending you this appeal to join with me in helping fund the needed updates. If 49 of you will agree with me at a $60 recommended contribution level, we can get this done quickly and efficiently, and without raising dues.
 
Please call Kelley at our state office (512-419-9275) with your credit card number and contribution level or mail a check to our office:
            TACT
5750 Balcones Dr., Ste. 201
Austin, TX  78731
                       

Spring Membership Drive Wrap Up

Good day Colleague –

For several weeks we have shared with you examples of what we do because you are not currently a member of the Texas Association of College Teachers.  We have touched on the importance that we all carry Educators Professional Liability Insurance (included with membership).  We have described how our opinions are solicited from state agencies, such as Teachers Retirement System of Texas on the development of their new strategic plan and the Higher Ed Coordinating Board on the successor to Closing the Gaps.

We have talked about our semi-annual legislative offices visits (you’re invited!) and participation at interim legislative hearings, advocating for such issues as higher faculty salaries, tuition revenue bonds, guns on campus (campus carry and now open carry), reinstating previous levels of TEXAS Grant scholarships, and so much more. 

2013 Average Faculty Salary Comparison

The AAUP (American Association of University Professors) has released the Fiscal Year 2013 data for the Average Faculty Salary Comparison – Texas Public Universities and Ten Most Populous States report. 

Texas remains its consistent 7% behind the average.  For the full report, please click here.