TICUA has been working with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to ensure that Tennessee’s state authorization statutes align with federal requirements while ensuring the independence of our campuses. Currently, the law and rules provide for TICUA’s main campuses to be authorized yet exempt from regulatory oversight.
This past year, however, it was discovered that TICUA member satellite campuses were not sufficiently covered by the exempt status. Consequently, THEC has drafted bill language to address this issue. Once passed, all main and satellite TICUA campuses will be authorized and exempt from regulatory oversight.
Sponsors of the bill will be Education Committee Chairs Sen. Dolores Gresham and Rep. Mark White. TICUA will work with THEC to shepherd the bill through the General Assembly. At this time neither the House nor the Senate version has been assigned a bill number. TICUA will advise the campuses once the bill numbers affixed.
Dual Enrollment an Increasing Focus
There is increasing chatter in the halls of the Legislature about the need to increase funding for Tennessee’s Dual Enrollment grant. Funded through the lottery funds, the state currently provides $500 per course for two dual enrollment courses and $200 for a third course. There appears to be increasing interest in raising the number of courses funded and possibly the award amounts.
Very little is publicly known about Governor Bill Lee’s agenda for higher education but increasing funding for the Dual Enrollment appears to align with his overall desire to expand career and technical education. The Dual Enrollment grants are offered at the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) and the rest of the higher education community.
Governor Lee Hosts Budget Hearings
Governor Bill Lee has begun to host departmental budget hearings for the 2019-2020 fiscal cycle. The higher education budget hearing will be held on January 30, 2019 at 10:00 am (CDT). Testimony will be heard from the University of Tennessee System, Tennessee Board of Regents System, Locally Governed Institution’s, and THEC. Once the departmental hearings are complete, Governor Lee will draft his budget request to be submitted to the Tennessee General Assembly.
Rosiland Kurita has been appointed to the Tennessee State Senate filling the seat vacated by Mark Green who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Kurita previously served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for the 100th-105th General Assemblies. She has been assigned to the Government Operations and the Agriculture, Energy, and Natural Resources Committees. Kurita is a retired nurse and resides in Clarksville.
The Senate seat vacated by Mark Norris has yet to be filled. Norris, from Memphis, vacated his state Senate seat when he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to a federal judgeship. Norris was appointed by President Donald Trump.
TICUA 63rd Annual Meeting February 19 and 20; Governor Lee to Speak
“New Leadership – New Opportunities” is the theme of the upcoming TICUA 63rd Annual Meeting to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19 and 20, 2019. This year’s meeting provides member presidents with an opportunity to discuss key policy issues facing TICUA member institutions such as the impact of the recent elections, reauthorization of HEA, free public universities, the completion agenda, student aid, and other important topics.
We are proud to announce we have confirmed Governor Bill Lee will attend as a Plenary Speaker. We also have speaker confirmations from Lt. Governor Randy McNally, House Speaker Glen Casada, House Education Chair Mark White, Senate Education Chair Dolores Gresham, House Finance Chair Susan Lynn, Senate Finance Chair Bo Watson, and the Waller legal team. We are still waiting for responses from US Senator Lamar Alexander.
The meeting will be fast-paced and full of important information! Hope to see you there! Register here.
The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) engages Tennessee’s private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to better serve the state and its citizens.
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