3 Things To Know This Week About Higher Ed

  • The Joint Government Operations Committee reviewed student conduct rules.  Lawmakers questioned the specifics of rules surrounding student possession of guns and knives on campus.  Tom Humphrey of the Knox News Sentinel has the story.   Or, watch it for yourself here.
  • Governor Haslam hosted the seventh and final higher education roundtable this week at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.  The discussion turned to higher education funding, where the Governor said, “What we want to know is: If you want to invest in something new, creative, what are you going to divest? Most great businesses do that.” Kevin Hardy reports, “While [the Governor] said he’s committed to ending Tennessee’s decades-long practice of slashing post-secondary education funding, it doesn’t appear that new funding will be available anytime soon.”  The Chattanooga Times Free Press has the full story.
  • Sen. Jim Summerville was removed as the Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee by Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham following the reporting of a controversial email.  Sen. Jim Tracy has been named as his replacement.  Update: Sen. Jim Summerville has resigned from the Senate Education Committee.