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November eNews: ELI Team Building, New Lottery Report & More Updates!

Monday, November 4, 2019  
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ELI Team Building, New Lottery Report & More Updates!

As the weather is getting cooler, we know many of our campuses are beginning to prepare for finals and the holidays. At TICUA, our Executive Leadership Institute met for their second of nine total sessions. Our President, Claude Pressnell, was appointed to the Governor's Census Committee. Additionally, we have a new lottery report and other news to keep you informed and up-to-date.


TICUA ELI Fellows Explore Team Building and Strategic Planning

Claude Pressnell, President, TICUA

This past October 15th and 16th, the TICUA Executive Leadership Fellows met for their second of nine sessions which focused on building an executive team and strategic planning. The Fellows’ session was hosted by Bethel University. Bethel President Walter Butler served as the Resident Dean for the Fellows. He spent time with them sharing his story about his journey to the college presidency. Butler also shared briefly about assembling an effective team and the 2017-2022 Bethel University Strategic Plan.

Lane College President Logan Hampton joined the group and shared his strategy on developing an executive team. He indicated that he learned about leadership from “Broadway, Hollywood, and the Bible.” Hampton used that theme throughout his presentation to identify key characteristics about effective leaders and productive team players.

The Fellows spent the next morning going into great depth about the recent strategic planning process of Freed-Hardeman University (FHU). The interactive presentation was facilitated by FHU Provost C.J. Vires and FHU Dean of Business, Jason Brashier. The literature-based presentation was coupled with a real time narrative about how FHU engaged in the planning process and how the plan transformed tactical planning and campus implementation.

Session three will be held in November on the campus of Bryan College. The session’s focus will be on higher education finance and alternative revenue development.




CHASCo Updates

Kayce Matthews, Director, CHASCo

The next CHASCo Membership Meeting will be November 22, 2019 from 11-2:00 PM CT at Watkins College of Art. In addition to networking opportunities, the PD will focus on e-cigarettes and the current vaping epidemic as well as Social Norms and Prevention Campaigns. Register here.

CHASCo is excited to announce the dates and location for the annual Partners in Prevention Conference! The conference will be May 19 & 20, 2020 at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN. This is a beautiful space with plenty of room for our growing conference. More information will be available soon on the website.

Additionally, it is time to develop Social Norms Campaigns for Summer and Fall of 2020! If you want more information about social norms campaigns, check out the website for resources and examples from other campuses from across the state. Here is a direct link to the application OR you can find it on the members-only section of the website.




Governor Lee Appoints Pressnell to Census Committee

October, 16, 2019

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced on October 16th his appointments to the Tennessee Complete Count Committee which will work alongside the U.S. Census Bureau for the 2020 Census. Dr. Claude Pressnell, President of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, was appointed along with other statewide leaders.

“I am proud to appoint these leaders and appreciate their willingness to serve our state and nation in this critical undertaking,” said Lee. “We look forward to working together to make sure all Tennesseans are accounted for and our state receives the necessary resources to support our growing population.”

Data from the Census is used to determine distribution of state and federal dollars, as well as apportionment to the U.S. House of Representatives. To read the full release, click here.




TICUA Releases 2018-19 Report on Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Recipients

October 30, 2019

In 2018-19, 17,891 students attending TICUA member institutions received more than $60 million in lottery scholarships, including 13,118 receiving HOPE Scholarships.

Students from every county in the State received a TELS award to attend a Tennessee private college or university.

Consistent with years past, lottery recipients at TICUA member institutions (66%) have a higher first-to-second year renewal rate than the overall State lottery recipient population (57%).

Click here to explore the full report.




Foreign Gift Reporting Update

Claude Pressnell, President, TICUA

On September 6, the U.S. Department of Education issued a proposed information collection request to “modernize” Sec. 117 reporting. This is not the same as a formal regulatory rulemaking process with required notice and comment. The Department does not need to incorporate any feedback from stakeholders, and can finalize the new information collection after allowing for 60 days for comments which expires on November 5, 2019.

This proposed information collection would vastly expand the scope of Sec. 117, extending well beyond statutory language and congressional intent. The proposed information collection will require many more institutions to report to the Department as well as significantly expand the administrative burden on those schools. Moreover, the Department has vastly underestimated the time it will take for institutions to comply with this expansion of the foreign gift reporting requirements (10 hours per institution).

The Department’s proposed information collection implies that institutions would be required to report all foreign gifts and contracts, even those below the $250,000 threshold. For example, contracts with any companies that are foreign based, even with U.S. based operations, would need to be reported (i.e., Adidas, Samsung and others).It may conceivably require disclosure of even an alumni contribution well below the $250,000 threshold if the alumnus is a foreign citizen. As well, there is no clear reporting exclusion of tuition, fee, or housing payments. Consequently, the expansion of reporting may include literally all payment forms. This interpretation is bolstered by the Department’s “Statement of Support” which says “[t]he plain language and Congressional purpose of Section 117 is for the institutions subject to this information request to disclose fully all foreign money funneled to them, and for this information to be made readily available to the public.”

TICUA continues to monitor the situation and intends to submit comments by the November 5th deadline. Feel free to email Dr. Claude Pressnell if you have any questions or wish to provide comments.




November 5th

Government Affairs Council Meeting

Waller Law Offices


November 6th

TICUA MEP Face-to-Face Meeting

Waller Law Offices


November 12th

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute

Bryan College


November 14th

MEP Governing Committee Bi-Weekly Meeting

November 28th

MEP Governing Committee Bi-Weekly Meeting


December 3rd

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute

Martin Methodist College