In January, some members of the Knox County legislative delegation sent a formal request to House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) to create a formal joint hearing to investigate and hear testimony related to diversity activities and programs throughout Tennessee public higher education. The hearing has been set for Wednesday, March 2 and will include both full House … Continued

State Issues

The Legislature Has Adjourned: How Did This Session Impact UT?

The Tennessee General Assembly has officially adjourned for the year after considering the final legislative calendars and passing the State’s $33 billion spending plan for FY15-16.  A number of higher education issues impacting UT were addressed this session.  We’ve been keeping our UT Advocacy Network up-to-date through our weekly legislative report, The Weekly Watch.  If … Continued

Higher Education Funding

Lawmakers Unanimously Advance UT Budget

The University of Tennessee had one of its busiest weeks on the Hill so far this session, as lawmakers in three legislative committees heard the proposed UT budget and questioned higher education leadership on a variety of topics. President Joe DiPietro outlined for lawmakers the urgent situation faced by the UT System:  A $377M forecasted … Continued

Higher Education Funding