Higher Education Oversight Committee Talks Fees, Tuition, Accreditation

A special Senate Higher Education Oversight Subcommittee hearing occurred last Thursday regarding student fees, tuition, and accreditation.  The archived webcast of the hearing is available here.  UT and TBR leaders answered questions about student activity fee allocation before the hearing moved on to questions involving tuition and accreditation. The Associated Press covered the discussion of … Continued

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State Legislature Passes TN Budget; Adjourns

Each year, state legislators are required by law to pass an annual spending plan—the state’s budget.  On Wednesday, Tennessee lawmakers debated and passed the nearly $33 billion spending plan. The budget represents the State’s renewed focus on higher education.  Largely driven by Governor Bill Haslam, the budget includes full funding for the Complete College Act … Continued

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President Obama Releases FY2014 Budget Proposal

President Obama released his proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget Wednesday morning.  The budget proposal includes new investments in education, infrastructure, and research, along with the President’s proposals to alter Social Security, Medicare, and tax policy.  This budget proposal comes two months later than usual, largely a result of sequestration and an incomplete fiscal year 2013 … Continued

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Budget Update

Last week, Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes presented the Administration’s Budget amendment to the Senate and House Finance, Ways, and Means Committees.  The amendment provides The University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service and The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture with a 2.5 percent increase (roughly $3 million) in recurring operational dollars.  These units were … Continued

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