Budget Study Committee Report

Faculty ID Cards

Presentation Summary


1. Plastic ID exists that has all of the functionality of the student ID

Features now available:

How to get it:


2. Other Uses



Notes on Faculty Identification Cards


Current available features of the faculty plastic ID card include:

On-campus Student Access (Place links to all locations on campus)

On-campus TechExpress

Off-campus TechExpress (see website above)


PROPOSED features/uses of the faculty ID card:

 (A) Health insurance card

The Benefits Office of Human Resources was consulted.  TTU currently has two health insurance plans:  HealthSelect and First Care.  Cards are issued to subscribing faculty from these companies. It is not currently feasible tocombine such a health insurance card with the Faculty ID because:


Any combination of these two cards would need to be initiated and agreed upon at the state level.  It may be possible to negotiate a separate agreement for Texas Tech faculty, but it is highly improbable at this point.  The State of Texas currently negotiates with the two companies above on behalf of many thousands of employees state-wide. Further research is necessary, and at the state level.



(B) University credit card

Kay Wall, Section Manager in the TTU Purchasing Department, was consulted.  There are currently two forms of credit cards available to faculty:  A Purchasing/Procurement card and a Travel Card.  Both cards are currently issued by an off-campus entity, JP Morgan Chase.


Since these cards are issued by an outside entity, any combination of a faculty ID card with them would necessarily have to be negotiated with and issued by that credit company. In both of the above cases, cards are to be used for official school business - not personal use.

If a new, combination university credit/ID card would be approved for TTU faculty, it is possible that upgrades in computer processing, more personnel, or a combination of both would be necessary, if TTU Purchasing were to oversee the program. TTU Purchasing also felt that such a card could lead to an increase in identity theft and fraud.



(C) Barnes & Noble coffee club card

The Barnes and Noble Coffee Club Card is a punch card system, which is incompatible with a regular credit card. A new system would have to be developed and approved by the Barnes and Noble Corporation. Contact would need to be made on that level. Barnes and Noble does accept TechExpress for payment for anything in the store and at Starbucks.  Any kind of a new combination ID card would have to be approved by the corporate office, but may be possible.



(D) State tax exempt card.

Kay Wall, Section Manager in the TTU Purchasing Department, was consulted.  Texas Tech currently issues tax-exempt cards, approved by the State of Texas, for official school use.   These cards are to be used in combination with the Purchasing and Travel Cards examined above.  The Travel Department issues tax-exempt cards for use with the Travel Card, and TTU Purchasing issues a tax-exempt card to be used with the Purchasing Card. It was noted that since a university credit card/faculty ID could also be for personal use, tax-exemption becomes a non-issue or a complicated issue.  Tax-exemption only applies to official, university related business. Any personal use credit card is, of course, subject to state tax.



Feb 9, 2018