TSEU Organizer Contact: MISSY BENAVIDEZ
in the Harlingen TSEU office: (956)428-0251
University Caucus Statement of Principles and Goals: We are employees of state universities – serving as instructors, custodians, nurses, administrative employees, food service workers, librarians, electricians, security officers, lab technicians, maintenance employees and countless other positions. We are equally essential to carrying out the important missions of our campuses and institutions. We are united in our efforts to fulfill the Texas constitutional mandate to “maintain universities of the first-class”.
[ONGOING - sign the petition today!] Add your name to those calling for JUSTICE for Higher Education on the TRS Board of Trustees!
Our three-point petition calls on our State Legislators to restore Higher Education’s seat on the TRS Board; calls on our Governor to re-appoint our current Higher Education representative, Karen Charleston, to the next term on the TRS Board; and is a commitment to VOTE for Karen Charleston to continue serving as our Higher Education representative on the TRS Board!
[SEPT 2016] The primary component of UT Austin’s controversial Shared Services plan, the Central Business Office (CBO) pilot program, has been shelved. An email from UT Austin’s senior vice president and chief financial officer to all staff on August 22 lamented that the CBO pilot program “has not produced the savings and efficiencies initially anticipated.” In fact, according to an FAQ uploaded to the Transforming UT website, “the program instead resulted in net additional costs in excess of $600,000 per fiscal year” and was the reason for its cancellation. [READ MORE]
[SEPT 2016] Lt. Governor Dan Patrick asked the Senate Higher Education Committee to meet last month to consider eliminating a program that provides aid to hundreds of thousands of needy and poor students in Texas—a growing number of whom are Hispanic.
“Tuition set-asides” funded financial aid to over 200,000 low-income students last year. Wealthier students underwrite the program by contributing a portion of their tuition for grants and work study programs that assist students who can show need to pay for their college education. [READ MORE]