First Alerts

Texas Universities Have Outgrown Their Walls

Efforts at Closing the Gaps succeeded – enrollments have ballooned.  New academic programs have been approved.  Larger class sizes can’t squeeze into 1970’s-style rooms.  Lab configurations couldn’t have been conceived for today’s science experiments and research.

Legislative Day at the State Capitol

Legislative Day at the State Capitol

Please join us on October 24, 2014 as we visit the legislators at the State Capitol. Several important legislative issues including handguns on campuses, higher education funding and faculty-driven assessment will be addressed.

TACT First Alert - September 24th, 2014

Lots of Guns on Campus – Senate Begins Budget Review

Within days, the Baylor Student Senate endorsed a change to the state statute to permit guns on campus, a Purdue student was sentenced to 65 years in prison for murdering another student in a classroom, and a TSTC student shot and killed himself in his campus dorm.  TACT will continue to lobby, as it has successfully for years, against any change to the status quo which would make more guns on campus legal.   

Upcoming Legislative Day

Join us on the morning of October 24th as we will visit the legislators at the State Capitol.  Save the date and let us know if you want to be there to tell your state government how our issues impact you, your career and most importantly your students.  The list of several important legislative issues is available HERE.

 

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.