One week after passing the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee, the Governor’s Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act was passed on the Senate floor Monday afternoon on a 31-1 vote. This was the FOCUS Act’s final step before being brought to the Governor’s desk after passing the House floor last week with a … Continued

Higher Education Reform

Haslam Announces Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner

Press release from the Office of the Governor: NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Burns Phillips as the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Phillips had been serving as acting commissioner of the department, after coming over from the Department of Finance and Administration (F&A) where he was managing … Continued

State Issues

Higher Education Governance: Not the Focus of the Haslam Administration This Year

After a series of discussions on higher education and workforce development with business and community leaders, elected officials, educators and administrators, the Haslam Administration announced yesterday evening that they will not be seeking legislation to alter the structure of higher education governance this year. The Governor stated that his administration had nothing major in terms … Continued

Administration & Governance

Haslam Kicks Off Higher Ed Review This Morning

Governor Haslam kicks off his review of higher education this morning at the Governor’s residence from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Present at the meeting are members of the UT Board of Trustees, the Board of Regents, the Higher Education Commission, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities, as well business leaders and national education … Continued

Higher Education Reform