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Tuesday, January 7, 2020  
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Happy New Year!

We want to wish all our member faculty, staff and students a happy new year! We hope you all had an enjoyable holiday break and are ready for the new decade. At TICUA, we are ready to continue supporting all of you and gearing up for the 2020 legislative session.


2019 TICUA Characteristics: The Fact Book on Tennessee's Independent Colleges and Universities

Claude Pressnell, President, TICUA

The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) is pleased to present Characteristics: The Fact Book on Tennessee’s Independent Colleges and Universities. This eighteenth edition of the report highlights trends in student participation, affordability, and degree completion for our member institutions and their students through the 2019 fall semester.

TICUA’s 34 member colleges and universities educate over 81,000 students from across the state, throughout the country, and around the world. The member institutions enrolled 26% of the students in Tennessee, but awarded 33% of all degrees in the State.

This document has four distinct sections. Section One provides a one-year snapshot of students at independent colleges and universities in Tennessee. Section Two provides a one-year snapshot of employees at TICUA member institutions. Section Three presents trends over time at the independent colleges and universities. Section Four offers comparisons of the independent educational sector to public education in Tennessee. Two appendices extend a detailed picture of each of the member campuses.

We hope that Characteristics Fall 2019 is informative to you. Together these sections are intended to inform campus, business, and government leaders who provide direction for higher education policy at the institution, local, state, and federal levels. We strive to ensure that the information contained in this publication is as accurate and current as possible.

The data contained in this report were furnished by member institutions as part of TICUA’s enrollment and completions reporting cycle. Additional data sources, if any, are indicated by notes accompanying each figure. We wish to thank our member institutions for working with us over the years to accurately and timely reflect the contributions of Tennessee independent colleges and universities.

We hope you will find the report helpful as you as you set goals for 2020 and engage in strategic planning for your campuses. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like to discuss the report further.




December Executive Leadership Institute Update

Diane Berty, VP, TICUA

The TICUA Executive Leadership Institute Fellows met on the campus of Martin Methodist College on December 3rd and 4th. The session focused on Academic Affairs and Faculty Relations. Dr. Mark LaBranche, President of Martin Methodist, served as Residential Dean, and shared his “presidential journey.” Dr. Thomas Burns, Provost and Dr. Phil Johnston, Associate Provost & ELI Alum, Class of 2019, Belmont University and Dr. John Braxton, TICUA Resident Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, Higher Education Leadership and Policy Program, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, served as Content Faculty.

The Fellows gained a better understanding...

  • the president as academic leader.
  • how the president exerts leadership in the academic arena.
  • alternative academic delivery models through exploration of various modalities while honoring the institution’s mission.
  • the role of faculty in shared governance.
  • student academic success initiatives.

The Institute will meet January 21 & 22, 2020 at Baptist College of Health Sciences with Dr. Betty Sue McGarvey, president, serving as Residential Dean and Dr. Bryan Carrier, VP, Student Life & Dean of Students, Union UniversityDr. Anne Kenworthy, VP, Enrollment, Christian Brothers University, and Dan Griffin, VP, Enrollment Management, Union University serving as Content Faculty addressing Enrollment Management & Student Success.




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.




CHASCo Awarded Community Service Award from Belmont University

Kayce Matthews, Director, CHASCo

CHASCo has been awarded an Excellence in Service Award from the Campus Security office at Belmont University.

CHASCo was given this award based off significant and effective changes that have drawn additional institutions of higher education (IHEs) to become more involved. While staying true to CHASCo's original mission of preventing alcohol and other drug abuse, CHASCo has also broadened its scope to include other issues which IHEs must also address, including bystander intervention, sexual assault, stalking, dating/domestic violence, and other forms of discrimination and harassment.

At CHASCo meeting, there are legislative and campus updates on the agenda to provide presentations covering information and ideas that members can take back to their campus communities.




Ways to Save

Diane Berty, VP, TICUA

TICUA is a member of the Coalition for College Cost Savings. The Coalition is a group purchasing organization comprised of 33 non-profit higher education member organizations dedicated to helping nearly 900 non-profit higher education institutions improve processes and reduce costs through collaboration. Through this organization, TICUA is able to offer members access to collaborative programs designed to reduce operating costs, improve the efficiency of internal procedures, and ultimately lower the cost of delivering education.

The Coalition’s goals are to...

  • provide access to cost saving contracts to higher education institutions regardless of size.
  • leverage the collective buying power of private colleges to negotiate contracts that deliver better pricing on products and services.
  • investigate and vet organizations that can deliver innovative products or services that increase operational efficiency.
  • serve as a procurement resource for higher education administration.

New Coalition Programs include:

The Coalition’s AP Forensics program by FISCAL Technologies remains in the spotlight this month as the Coalition’s partnership with them was introduced in early December. AP Teams at private colleges and universities nationwide can now take advantage of a new partnership that offers them:

  • Protection from fraud and risks while reducing AP costs
  • Alerts identifying improper payments BEFORE payments are made
  • Free, no obligation forensic risk review to identify areas of concern
  • Reduced pricing for Coalition members

Additional information (including a link to a recording of the introductory webinar) can be found at Coalition FISCAL Technologies Program. The program contact is Eric Hayes, Regional VP, (919) 277-0333,

The Coalition’s Property/Casualty/Risk Management program managed by IMA launched in November. The program is off to a great start with a Maryland school already taking advantage of the great pricing and coverages offered by the program, including stand-alone policies for Cyber and Active Shooter. IMA was able to offer them a premium on Worker’s Comp that was 40% lower than their premium last year! Additional information (including a link to a recording of the introductory webinar) may be found here.




Parking Tax Among Several Key Taxes to be Repealed

Karin Johns, NAICU

A series of funding bills passed by the U.S. House and Senate, and expected to be quickly signed by President Trump, contain significant wins for colleges and universities and the students and families they serve.

Both the “Parking Tax,” a new tax on nonprofit employers who offer mass transit and other transportation benefits to their employees, and the Kiddie Tax, which changed the tax rate for income held in a child’s name from the parents’ rate to the rate of estates and trusts, will be repealed. Repeal of both taxes have been a top priority for colleges and universities.

Click here to read the full article about these updates.




January 21, 2020

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute

Baptist College of Health Sciences


January 31, 2020

Facilities/ Plant Retreat


February 17, 2020

2020 TICUA Board Meeting

Waller Law Firm


February 18, 2020

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute

Waller Law Firm


February 18, 2020

TICUA Annual Meeting

Waller Law Firm


March 17, 2020

TICUA Executive Leadership Institute

Lincoln Memorial University