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December eNews: Happy Holidays, Enrollment Increase, and More!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019  
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Happy Holidays!

As professors and students are preparing for final exams and the last days of classes, we hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! At TICUA, our President, Claude Pressnell, traveled to the nation's capital earlier this month and has some important updates.

Additionally, according to Tennessee's Independent Colleges and Universities, the number of students attending a private college or university in Tennessee increased this fall with a total enrollment of 81,142. Click here to read more. Stay tuned for more data on TICUA member institutions to be released soon.


TICUA President Claude Pressnell's Recent Visit with Tennessee Congressional Delegation

Claude Pressnell, President, TICUA

TICUA President Claude Pressnell recently visited with many of Tennessee’s delegates to Congress to discuss pending higher education legislation. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Pressnell discussed the pros and cons of the “College Affordability Act.” The Act is the House’s attempt to reauthorize the 1965 Higher Education Act. While the bill has many favorable provisions, it creates a core philosophical shift from funding students to funding higher education sectors. The bill would create “America’s College Promise” which would directly fund community colleges to provide free two-year education.

On the U.S. Senate side, Pressnell met with Sen. Marsha Blackburn and spent time with Sen. Lamar Alexander’s staff discussing his proposed reauthorization bill entitled the “Student Aid Improvement Act of 2019.” The bill addresses simplifying theFAFSA, fixing the HBCU funding stream, and expands the Pell Grant provisions. The bill is far from comprehensive and fails to satisfy Ranking Member Sen. Patty Murray’s desire to a much larger set of higher education issues.

Based on the feedback received during the hill visits, it seems unlikely that a comprehensive bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act will occur any time soon.

Pressnell will be back in DC in January to make follow-up visits with members.




TICUA Executive Leadership Institute Update

Diane Berty, VP, TICUA

The TICUA Executive Leadership Institute met November 12th and 13th at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. The session addressed collegiate financial management with a special emphasis on the unique aspects of finance within the context of not for profit, private, and independent higher education.

Dr. Stephen Livesay, Bryan’s president, served as residential dean and shared his “presidential story” with the Fellows. Dr. Todd Hutton, president emeritus and trustee emeritus of Utica College, and Rick Taphorn, Vice President of Business Affairs at Union University and ELI Fellow alum, class of 2017, served as content faculty. Corinne Livesay, wife of President Livesay, who also serves as the Learning and Development Specialist and adjunct faculty with Bryan College, shared information from her newest book which focuses on the College’s namesake, William Jennings Bryan.




TCAT Vice President Honored for Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention Work

Kayce Matthews, Director, CHASCo

On November 22, 2019 the Coalition for Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo) awarded Ms. Henrietta Kellum Lusk the Susanna L. Baxter Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention in Higher Education Award for her statewide efforts in alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention at the collegiate level.

The Baxter Award, given biennially, recognizes an individual in the State who, like Baxter, has volunteered his or her time and energy to achieve positive results in the area of alcohol and other drug and violence prevention.

Click here to read more about this award and honor given to TCAT-Crump Vice President, Ms. Kellum-Lusk.




SAVE THE DATE: TICUA Annual Meeting, Feb 18-19, 2020

Claude Pressnell, President, TICUA

"Leveraging Private Colleges to Achieve Tennessee's Goals" is the theme for the upcoming 2020 TICUA Annual Meeting. We have sent speaking invitations to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, Governor Bill Lee, Lt. Governor Randy McNally, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, Finance Chairs Sen. Bo Watson and Rep. Susan Lynn, and Education Chairs Sen. Dolores Gresham and Rep. Mark White. You won't want to miss this year's conversations!

Register today and mark Tuesday and Wednesday, February 18 and 19, 2020 on your calendars! For more information on special room rates at the Fairlane Hotel and how to register, click here.




December 12th

MEP Governing Committee Bi-Weekly Meetings


January 21st

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute

Baptist College of Health Sciences


January 31st

Facilities/ Plant Retreat


February 17th

TICUA Board Meeting

Waller Law Offices


February 18th

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute

Waller Law Offices


February 18th and 19th

TICUA Annual Meeting

Waller Law Offices