|The Texas Association of Community Colleges on Tuesday accused the University of Texas of siphoning money from programs that support community colleges into UT’s College of Education.
In a complaint filed with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the TACC challenged a plan to reassign the endowed A.M. Aikin Chair in Community College Leadership to a faculty member who does not serve in UT’s Community College Leadership Program, considered by many to be the country’s premier training ground for future community college administrators.
The complaint also charges that UT intends to inappropriately divert more than $1 million from two programs that sustain themselves with membership subscriptions and external grants: the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement.
The current A.M. Aikin chair, Walter Bumphus, will soon depart the leadership program to become the president of the American Association of Community Colleges.
In June, TACC President Reynaldo Garcia discovered that Manuel Justiz, the dean of the college of education, intended to assign that chair to a faculty member with no community college experience and no affiliation with the leadership program.