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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  Consideration of the Haslam Administration’s “Complete to Compete” initiative, aimed at ensuring HOPE scholarship and Tennessee Promise recipients remain on track for timely graduation, has rolled for a series of weeks but is expected to be heard next week by the Senate Education Committee and House Education Administration & Planning Committee. The initiative would … Continued

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  President Dr. Joe DiPietro will deliver UT’s budget presentation next Wednesday, March 7, at 2:30 PM CT. The governor’s proposed budget includes several UT projects including capital investments for the UT Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Learning Center, the UT Institute of Agriculture’s Energy and Environmental Science building, among others. While the University will continue … Continued

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