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December TICUA eNews: State Legislative Updates, Benefits, Title IX

Saturday, December 1, 2018  
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Looking Ahead: Tennessee's
General Assembly

The holiday season is officially here, and even faster approaching is January 8th, 2019, the first day of Tennessee’s 111th General Assembly. With a new governor, more than 30 new senators and representatives in the state legislature, and new leadership in the state House of Representatives-- this time of change is also a time of opportunity.

At TICUA, advocacy is core to our mission, and our team works hard on behalf of Tennessee’s independent colleges and universities to champion smart higher education policies. Tennessee’s newest leaders know we need more citizens to get a postsecondary education to keep our economy strong and growing.

While there will continue to be a focus on getting more Tennesseans equipped with technical credentials, the state also needs more graduates with associates, bachelors and advanced degrees to produce well-qualified workers to fill jobs at every level and in every industry.

That means Tennessee needs to be educating the next generations of employees and employers.

Awarding 34% of degrees in the state—more than any other higher education sector in Tennessee—our private colleges and universities play an important role in helping reach the Drive to 55 and contributing qualified workers to a diverse, growing economy.We want to help you tell that story.

Throughout legislative session, we will keep you updated about higher education policy proposals as well as opportunities to engage with policymakers.

Together, we can help ensure strong higher education policies that support the success of our schools and our students.


The New Title IX Regulations: What You Need to Know Now, and What to Watch

Jeb Gerth, Waller Law

On November 16, 2018, the Department of Education (DOE) finally released its long-anticipated proposed regulations to Tile IX. As most administrators are no doubt aware, the implementing regulations for Title IX have not been revised since 1975, well before sexual harassment was judicially recognized as an actionable form of gender discrimination.


In the intervening years, DOE provided guidance to institutions regarding the applicability of Title IX to sexual misconduct in the form of guidance documents and “dear colleague” letters. This approach resulted in substantial ambiguity as to whether the guidance documents should be treated by institutions as the law, administrative rules, best practices, or something else.


DOE’s publication of the proposed rules marks a return to formal administrative rule making, and begins a 60-day public comment period, which began on November 29, after which the regulations can be implemented.


Waller prepared a summary for TICUA members of some of the most notable features of the proposed regulations, grouped from the perspective of how they impact an institution’s administration of its Title IX policy: (1) which features limit institutions’ Title IX obligations, (2) which mandate new obligations for institutions, and (3) which give institutions additional flexibility in administering their Title IX policies.


Click here to read our summary.


World Class Employee Benefits: TICUA Benefit Consortium

Greg Eller, Executive Director of TICUA Benefit Consortium

The TICUA Benefit ConsortiumBoard of Directors has authorized a plan to expand benefit offerings in the new plan year, beginning May 1, 2019. Further, the Benefit Consortium will be evaluating the addition of several ancillary benefit programs—including dental, vision, life and disability insurance-- to the existing group health plan that is only available to TICUA member institutions.

“We are working to add additional benefits and improvements to the TICUA Benefit Consortium health insurance plan to ensure we are providing a comprehensive World Class Employee Benefit program to all TICUA members now and well into the future” said Mr. Greg Eller, Executive Director of the consortium.

Additionally, effective December 1, 2018, TICUA members and their associates have access to enhanced benefits and resources, thanks to a partnership with Lockton Company.

Lockton, the nation’s largest privately held risk consulting firm, will be focusing on bringing new programs beyond medical insurance—such as benefit administration technology for streamlined support, a customized communication program to improve understanding of all offerings, and data analytics to drive better member outcomes.

"We are excited about the new partnership,” said Lockton representative Chris Hartnett. "TICUA has an important mission in supporting the educators of Tennessee. We are up to challenge and look forward to seeing how new strategies will bring positive and measurable results to those objectives.”

For more information or to join, contact Greg Eller at eller@ticua.orgor 615.292.3535, ext. 206.

New:Project Intersections Regional Training Series addressing Alcohol and Sexual Assault
Kayce Matthews, Director of CHASCo

The Campus Leadership Consortium, and the Sexual Assault Center, is announcing a new Project Intersections Regional Training Series addressing Alcohol and Sexual Assault. This project has three phases which include:

  1. Establishing aLeadership Consortium
  2. ProvidingRegional Trainings
  3. Funding Campus Projects to expand programming addressing the intersections of alcohol and sexual violence.

More information about applying for the campus funding will be available the first week of December; however, your campus must send a representative to one of the regional trainings in order to be eligible.

Check out theflyerfor more information, and register for a regional training here. Email Kayce Matthews ( if you have questions or concerns.




Chief advancement / development officers fromTICUA member institutions are invited to participate in a professional development retreat next month.

Dates:Thursday, January 17 and Friday,January 18, 2019


Where:Belmont University


Who should attend: Chief Advancement /Development Officers


Planning Committee:Perry Moulds, BelmontUniversity; Dave Clouse, Freed Hardeman University; JeromeHammond,Lee University; and Jack Simpson, Milligan College



December 10, 11, 13, and 14
CHASCo Project Intersections Regional Trainings
(check link for locations)

January 17 and 18 -
Chief Advancement Officers Retreat

January 22 -
Executive Leadership Institute Session Five
(Academics & Faculty Relations)

February 1 -
Annual TICUA Facilities/Plant Meeting
Cumberland University