Attorney General's response to Faculty Application for a temporary Injunction to halt implementation of Campus Carry. Remember it is an opinion; the final decision is the judge's to make.
TFA Faculty Members at El Paso Community Collage recently held a school supply drive for needy students who live in their community. Congratulations on your success. At the spring Board Meeting TFA offered matching funds to any organized chapter who participated and the EPCC faculty accepted the offer. Thanks for your hard work.
With Texas Now a Campus Carry State, Here’s What You Need to Know
By Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune
After months of meetings, protests and political debates, the time has come: It’s legal to carry handguns into university buildings in Texas. The state’s new campus carry law, passed in 2015, went into effect Monday. Here’s what it means at schools across the state:
Not everyone gets to carry guns; in fact, most students can’t
Campus carry only applies to people who have concealed handgun licenses. And with a few exceptions, you have to be over 21 and take state-approved training to have a concealed handgun in Texas. That means many freshmen, sophomores and juniors won’t even be able to carry if they want to. At the University of Texas at Austin, officials estimate that fewer than 1 percent of students has a license.
Only One Private Texas University Adopting Campus Carry
By Matthew Watkins and Madeline Conway, The Texas Tribune
Thanks to a new state law, properly licensed college students, faculty and visitors across Texas will be allowed to carry their concealed guns into campus buildings beginning Monday. But that right will be mostly limited to public schools. All but one private university have opted out of the state's controversial campus carry law.
Over the past few months, 37 private universities — ranging from major research institutions like Rice University to small religious schools like Lubbock Christian University — chose to continue banning guns, which they are allowed to do under the new law. The lone school to opt in is Amberton University, a small, nonprofit school based in Garland.
Nonprofits Are Vulnerable, Too
Education Department's proposed rule for student debt forgiveness could threaten traditional colleges as well as for-profits, particularly over its broad view of what counts as misrepresentation.
By Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
WASHINGTON -- For-profit colleges and their advocates are aggressively fighting the Obama administration’s proposed rule for federal loan forgiveness, arguing that the regulation is subjective and overly broad, and will “crush” the sector while costing taxpayers many billions of dollars.
Yet for-profits aren’t the only ones fretting about the rule, which is slated to go into effect next year if enacted. Many nonprofit colleges also face financial and reputational challenges due to the scope of the so-called borrower-defense-to-repayment proposal, said lawyers and several traditional higher education groups.
The Citizenship We're Not Talking About
By David Thiele, Inside Higher Ed
In the welter of conflicting diagnoses and prescriptions for higher education, the need to reform doctoral programs is one thing that almost everybody seems to agree upon. The complaints have become familiar: candidates spend far too long earning the degree. Even wonderfully talented Ph.D.s languish outside the gates of the tenure-track promised land. Those who do manage to slip through the gates often must scramble to develop the undergraduate teaching chops that most doctoral programs don’t provide yet most employers are banking on for student retention.
The basic options for reform have become fairly familiar as well: cut down the number of doctoral programs or the time to degree while increasing the commitment to teach pedagogy. Of course, finding the collective will to enact such changes is another matter. One can hope that “A discursive threshold has been reached,” as Sidonie Smith told Inside Higher Ed, and that doctoral programs will finally be “swept up in the tide of transformation” that has lifted Smith’s spirits.
UT System Regents May Change Campus Carry Rules
By Matthew Watkin, The Texas Tribune
Members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents met Thursday expecting to approve new rules for guns on their 14 campuses. Instead, they raised new worries about the proposed guidelines and signaled intent to try to change them, especially at the flagship UT-Austin.
In a 45-minute discussion, regents became bogged down in debate over issues like trigger guards, bullets in gun chambers, and if and how faculty should be able to ban weapons in their individual offices. Practically every regent seemed to have a unique opinion. A consensus seemed out of reach. Ultimately, the regents delayed a vote on the issue and will take it up again at a future meeting.
'The Slow Professor'
New book argues that professors should actively resist the "culture of speed" in academe.
By Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed
In 2013, the jobs website CareerCast named university professor the No. 1 least stressful job, unleashing a torrent of criticism that only grew after Forbes picked up the ranking. Professors -- those with tenure and without -- said the study ignored the changing dynamics of the university, namely the increasingly administrative nature of academic work, the emerging student-as-customer model, unrealistic research expectations and 24-7 contact with colleagues and students via email. Non-tenure-track professors also pointed out that they in many cases lack all job security.
At the recent Board of Directors meeting and Representative Assembly three former TFA State Presidents who retired within the last year were recognized for their service to TFA and Higher Education in Texas by current State President Michael Coulehan. Between the three of retires, they had a combined total of over 100 years of teaching at the former UTPA campus in Edinburg.
From left to right: Dr. Valerie "Wendy" James-Aldridge, Dr. James-Aldridge, Dr. Kenneth Buckman. Current state President Michael Coulehan is standing behind them.
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Stop Blaming Professors
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Gauging Graduates' Well-Being
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TFA Member Ioana Agut Receives Grant
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Inputs Trump Outputs
Higher Ed: Engine of Inequity
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Campus Carry Legislation Filed in House
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Higher education leaders face uphill budget battle
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Dire Budget Estimate Fit Well With Prevailing Politics
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Releases Biennial Revenue Estimate
UNT regents fire president of Health Science Center in Fort Worth
From tenured to ‘terminated’
State of Texas penalizing students for spiraling college costs
Four faculty file grievances against UTB and TSC
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Community Colleges and Economic Self-Determination
UT-Pan American President Pledges to Give Bonuses Away
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Romney: Teachers unions shouldn't contribute to political campaigns
College Costs Too Much Because Faculty Lack Power
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State's financial aid program to fall well short of need
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The Republicans' Crazy Party Platforms
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Historic day at UVa
UVA's Teresa Sullivan was fired for what?
Coalition still monitoring higher ed
Governor tells agencies to trim 10%
Powers vs. Perry at UT
What Will $10,000 Get Me?
Foundations' Newfound Advocacy
New Report Questions Texas' Higher-Ed Priorities
Campus Carry to be revisted
Saturday is Cesar Chavez Day
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UTEP Seeks Success Beyond Graduation Rate
Texas Tribune Salary Data for TX Public Employees
UTB, TSC report progress, concerns during transition period
Santorum's Attacks on Higher Ed
Details of Obama's Fiscal-2013 Budget for Higher Education
TRS and the Public Pension Fight - TSTA Preparing for 2013
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Faith and Race in American Political Life
Western Governors University (WGU) Is in Your State: Deconstructing the Academy
El Paso Community College AFT Chapter Holds an Information Workshop
Two TFA members; Dr. Samuel Freeman and Dr. Jessica Lavariega-Monforti defend Higher Education at Political Forum.
Questions Surround Unregulated Institutions
Congratulations Dr. Skowronek, TFA member
Texplainer: Could Universities Undergo Sunset Review?
College Graduation Rates: Income Really Matters
More than half of community college students say they are unprepared
Texas Board Requires the Phasing Out of 64 Degree Programs With Low Enrollments
Does Texas Higher Education Have a Morale Problem?
Proposition 3 on the November ballot asks Texas voters to expand
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Cooler Tempers Prevail at Opening Session of Texas Oversight Panel
Plutocracy With A Philanthropic Face
Graduation Measures Should Reflect Community-College Achievement, Advisory Committee Says
Senators are shocked with Dr. Ransom's high salary
Before UT Regents Meeting, Groups Call for Higher Ed Changes
Lone Star Wars: The Deprivation of Higher Education in Texas
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WGU Lassoes Texas
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'The Fall of the Faculty'
Efforts to Measure Faculty Workload Don't Add Up
Valley educators meet
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Perry supports controversial higher education plan while some groups vow to fight
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Thanks to everyone who called
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Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding Bill Passes Senate
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House Passes Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding Bill
Texas Warned on Cuts to Historically Black Schools
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Texas Faculty Association hesitant to endorse bill to change university funding model
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Republicans In Texas Senate Approve Guns On Campus
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Campus-carry issue stalls higher-ed bill
Democrats block Senate budget, at least temporarily
Lucio hangs tight
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Regents' special assistant is ousted
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Texas campus gun bill debate delayed until Monday
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Higher ed hand-wringing
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