Despite rising COVID-19 cases, universities including Texas Tech and Texas A&M are planning in-person fall graduations
Multiple Texas universities are planning in-person graduation ceremonies this December, despite the fact that the state’s daily COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are higher today than they were in May when most universities first scrambled to cancel the celebratory events.
Press release: Professor and Texas Faculty Association leader elected to SBOE
Rebecca Bell-Metereau, a Democrat who won an open seat formerly held by a Republican on the State Board of Education in this week’s election, is a professor at Texas State University in San Marcos and a board member of the Texas Faculty Association.
Press release: Faculty group urges governor to require universities to publicly report COVID cases on campuses
The Texas Faculty Association (TFA) today urged Gov. Greg Abbott to use his emergency powers to order Texas colleges and universities to publicly report each week the numbers of positive COVID-19 tests and deaths among faculty, staff and students at each university campus or facility.
The Texas Faculty Association today urged Gov. Greg Abbott to instruct the governing boards of all state-supported universities to delay opening campuses to in-person instruction, labs and other student activities until at least Sept. 8. The association also called on community colleges and private universities in Texas to delay opening their campuses until the same date.
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.