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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SB 8 Fails in Senate Education Committee

After over 1,300 emails and phone calls by UT Advocates and visible opposition by the higher education community, SB 8 failed this evening in the Senate Education Committee. Senators Gresham, Campfield, Hensley, and Kelsey voted for the bill. Senators Burks and Gardenhire voted against it. Senators Tate, Dickerson, and Crowe passed on the vote, effectively … Continued

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SB8/HB448 Delayed in House, Heading to Senate This Afternoon

Yesterday, the House Education Subcommittee delayed action for one week on HB 448, the companion bill to SB 8 that prevents public higher education institutions from granting preference to any student, employee, or contractor based on race, diversity, or gender. The University of Tennessee System does not make employment, admissions, or contracting decisions solely based … Continued

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