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DACA Statement

According to the Dallas Morning News, within Texas there are estimated to be 141,000 DACA recipients representing 6.1 billion dollars of annual economic activity. Many of these individuals are our colleagues, co-workers, and friends. Many of these individuals are our hard working students. As educators we are primarily focused on assuring the human right of educational access for all Texas students. As faculty advocates we are passionate about protecting the rights of our community members. As proud Texans we support those who are educated here, obey our laws, pay required taxes, and contribute as members of our communities.

The Texas Faculty Association then calls upon our National and State leadership to make DACA considerations an immediate legislative item and seek to create a legal pathway for DACA recipients to remain within their vital roles in our communities. Texas has always been proud of the dreamers who founded our state. We support the DREAMERS in our midst today. You are home and we are proud to have you.

Want Happier Professors? Try Being Nice

By Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education

When it comes to keeping tenured professors content in their jobs, you can catch more flies with honey than you can with big faculty-focused strategic initiatives, a new study suggests.

The study, based on survey data from more than 3,600 recently tenured associate professors at doctoral universities, found that their organizational commitment hinged far more on whether they believed they worked in a caring, supportive environment than on their sense that administrators had undertaken broad efforts to support the faculty.

Full Article

Executive order on new visas.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday to target fraud and abuse in guest-worker programs and increase federal oversight of the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreigners. Higher ed ranks as the third-largest industry sponsor of visa recipients. The order could have a major effect on American colleges' recruitment of students abroad, as policies that block foreign students' pathway to work in the United States after they graduate can weaken international enrollments. The order could worsen the bad news for colleges looking to recruit abroad since a recent global survey of prospective students found one in three was less likely to want to study in the United States because of the political climate. For more on what the order could mean for higher ed, read our Karin Fischer's story here.

TFA faculty member testifies as an invited expert witness, before Congress, regarding the Border Wall.


The Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on the planning, designing, and cost of President Trump’s proposed fence for the U.S.-Mexico border. Former Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner David Aguilar talked about the use of technology as well as the effectiveness of expanding the wall on the southern border.

Video of hearing

Background on Senator McCaskill's (D-MO) opening statement may be found in this CNN article.

Will Texas universities face perfect storm of cuts?

The top three sources of revenue for Texas public universities are all being targeted for reductions or freezes by federal or state government leaders.

By Matthew Watkins

Higher education leaders entered the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature expecting some dark days. Two-and-a-half months in, they're now focused on warding off a perfect storm.

In addition to potential state funding cuts, which are being discussed like they're a virtual certainty in the Capitol, schools are staring down efforts to freeze tuition and slash federal funding for higher education. If all three happen, the universities' three biggest sources of money would be reduced or frozen for 2018.

Full Article

What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education

President Trump laid out the spending priorities for his administration on Thursday, releasing a budget "blueprint" that includes a $9-billion cut for the U.S. Department of Education, more than 13 percent, as well as decreases at several agencies that provide money for academic research, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The administration’s outline also calls for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The deep reductions in discretionary spending fall on nearly every executive agency, in order to offset more than $50 billion in increases for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs.

Full Article

Here's Every Major Statement Trump and DeVos Have Made on Higher Ed

By Adam Harris, The Chronicle of Higher Education

On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump discussed higher-education policy sparingly. That tendency has largely continued since his inauguration as President Trump, and appears to be shared by Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education.

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