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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:49 am 

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Hello All,

Here are some updates provided by Steve Johnson with the Texas Association of Community Colleges.

FY 2015 Property Tax Revenue

Preliminary analysis of TACC's Local Revenue survey (49 of 50 colleges reporting) indicates that property valuation has increased $93.6 billion and the property tax levy has increased $127.8 million for FY 2015. Tax rates remain about the same for FY 2015. A full report from TACC will be made available in early November. Current results by college are available on the TACC website ... ey-results

Legislative / Policy

Higher Education Coordinating Board

The board held a quarterly meeting on Thursday, October 23rd. Among the agenda items was a major policy discussion entitled: Higher Education and the 84th Legislature: A Conversation with Higher Education Leaders. Among those providing perspective were Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College, Mike Reeser, Chancellor of the Texas State Technical College System, and Brian McCall, Chancellor, Texas State University System. Coordinating Board members asked questions related to the Community College 5-Point Plan and commended the two-year institutions on working with the Coordinating Board on a unified approach to the next Legislature.

Public Funds Investment Act Training

Institutions subject to the Public Funds Investment Act (Government Code, Chapter 2256.007) are required to ensure that all regents and trustees receive training on the Act within six months of their appointments and that investment officers receive at least five hours of training every two years. For the purposes of this act, community colleges are considered to be state agencies.

Please see this memo from the Higher Education Coordinating Board for specifics of training opportunities: ... A+memo.pdf

Ebola Information
The health crisis in West Africa has been a key issue in the news that came home to Texas and Dallas. The ebola virus certainly causes a great deal of concern for all of our institutions. We are aware that a number of our colleges have international students from West Africa. A number of questions have arisen with regard to admittance of new West African students, but of additional concern is the prospect of existing students traveling home for the holidays and returning in the Spring. We will work to provide guidance and support as it becomes available
For now, the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control is provided here for your use.

The CDC has issued the following advisory: ... est-africa There is specific language relevant to the inquiry:

Should colleges and universities isolate or quarantine students and faculty who have recently returned to the US from countries where the Ebola outbreaks are occurring?

-CDC is not recommending colleges and universities isolate or quarantine students, faculty, or staff based on travel history alone.
-Colleges and universities should identify students, faculty, and staff who have been in countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring within the past 21 days and should conduct a risk assessment with each identified person to determine his or her level of risk exposure (high- or low-risk exposures, or no known exposure). See
-All students, faculty, and staff who have been in these countries within the past 21 days should be given instructions for health monitoring (see below).
-If the students have had NO symptoms of Ebola for 21 days since leaving a West African country with Ebola outbreaks, they do NOT have Ebola. No further assessment is needed.
-If a student, faculty, or staff member has had a high- or low-risk exposure, state or local public health authorities should be notified, and school officials should consult with public health authorities for guidance about how that person should be monitored. Anyone with a potential exposure should receive thorough education about immediately reporting symptoms and staying away from other people if symptoms develop.
-In the event that a person who has had a high- or low-risk exposure develops symptoms consistent with Ebola, the person should be medically evaluated while following recommended infection control precautions. Guidance is available in the CDC Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare Settings. Public health authorities should be notified.

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