Governor Delivers State of the State Address

Governor Bill Haslam delivered the State of the State Address tonight–the first of his second term as Governor.  The yearly address is an important part of the legislative process, formalizing the Governor’s policy priorities and setting the tone for the next few months of legislative debate and action. The Governor made clear that his focus … Continued

Higher Education Funding

Tennessee Promise Passes House, Heads to Governor’s Desk

The Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act of 2014 was passed by the House of Representatives last night on an 87-8 vote.  Members voting no included Representatives Joe Carr (R-Lascassas), Glen Casada (R-Franklin), Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin), Andy Holt (R-Dresden), Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma), Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville), Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg), and Rick Womick (R-Rockvale). The legislation passed in the … Continued

State Issues

Tennessee Promise Scholarship Sails Through Senate

The Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act of 2014 passed the state Senate last night by a 30-1 vote. The Promise, a key component of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 Initiative, will be used to provide “last dollar” scholarship awards (after all other scholarships and financial aid are applied) towards the cost of tuition and fees for … Continued

State Issues

House Finance Committee Hears Higher Ed Budgets

The University of Tennessee completed its final budget hearing this week before the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee.  The University of Tennessee presented alongside the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee Board of Regents, and the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute. Some interesting facts from the hearing include: UT ​Knoxville produces more undergraduate, graduate, and professional … Continued

Higher Education Funding

Governor Bill Haslam Launches Drive to 55 Initiative

Governor Bill Haslam today officially launched his ‘Drive to 55’ Initiative, the goal of which is to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with a post-secondary credential in order to meet Tennessee’s current and future workforce and economic needs. A broad assemblage of higher education and business stakeholders as well as members of the Tennessee General … Continued

Higher Education Reform