The UT FOCUS Act, which would reconstitute and restructure the UT Board of Trustees was heard this week in the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. The Haslam Administration has proposed the measure in an effort to help the UT Board of Trustees operate more efficiently. The University of Tennessee supports the legislation, which is based on … Continued

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The “Tuition Transparency and Accountability Act,” HB1684/SB1665 by Rep. Eddie Smith (R-Knoxville) and Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville), was heard this week in the House Education Administration & Planning Subcommittee. A vote was ultimately deferred until next week. As amended, the legislation would require all state universities to provide students, in their admission letter, a four-year, … Continued

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Lawmakers heard initial debate this week on a bill that would impact how higher education performance funding is awarded in Tennessee—tying part of the funding, the entire “quality assurance” portion—to outcomes from one specific academic area: Teacher Preparation Programs. HB1481 by Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) would tie quality assurance funding for public institutions of higher … Continued

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  Legislation that would initiate a process for efficiency audits to be performed for public higher education institutions will be heard this week in the House Education Administration & Planning Committee. This legislation, HB0738 by Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville), would also create a new Joint Higher Education Efficiency Audit Committee, composed of three members of … Continued

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