It’s Back: Bill That Threatens Accreditation of State-Based Psychology Training Programs Added to Legislative Calendars, Vote Anticipated Soon

A bill allowing students in state university counseling, psychology, and social work programs to arbitrarily refuse treatment to certain patients has been put on notice in both the House and Senate, meaning lawmakers will likely be voting on the proposal in a matter of days.  New accrediting standards issued by the American Psychological Association make … Continued

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UT Martin Parsons Center Groundbreaking Set for July 22

MARTIN, Tenn. – A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m., Monday, July 22, for the expansion that will house the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the UT Martin Parsons Center in Decatur County beginning in fall 2014. Governor Bill Haslam, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes and other officials are scheduled to attend … Continued

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SB1170: Sponsor Sensed Loss, Sought Plan B

In a Senate Education Committee meeting last night, numerous committee members and higher education leaders voiced concerns on proposed legislation that would authorize nationally accredited for-profit schools to sidestep existing regulations and award any degree of their choosing, such as an academic Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree.  After strong testimony highlighting the consumer protection side of … Continued

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Degree Value at Risk: For-Profit Schools Inch Closer to Degree Equivalency

Members of the House Education Subcommittee unanimously passed legislation last week that could undermine the value of degrees earned from all University of Tennessee, Board of Regents (TBR), and Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) institutions. SB1170/HB1091 authorizes for-profit schools that have only obtained national accreditation to award any degree of their choosing, such … Continued

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Counselors-in-Training Bill Nears Critical House Subcommittee

The Senate adopted SB514 last week, disregarding the concerns of Counseling, Social Work and Psychology professionals and training programs across the state. The legislation is predicated on the incorrect notion that the practice of social work and psychological counseling is more fundamentally about providing spiritual and personal advice.  In practice, however, the professions of social … Continued

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