Tennessee Board of Regents to Discuss Key Updates in Spring Meeting

The Board of Regents' spring meeting will address fee proposals and a college renaming.

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) has announced its upcoming spring quarterly meeting scheduled for March 27, 2024, starting at 1 p.m. CT. The meeting will take place at the TBR system office located at 1 Bridgestone Park, Nashville, and is set to be livestreamed for broader access. Interested individuals can view the livestream and access archived footage through the TBR website at TBR March 2024 Quarterly Board Meeting.

The Board of Regents, which oversees the College System of Tennessee, including public Community Colleges and Colleges of Applied Technology, will discuss several key agenda items. Among the topics are proposed revisions to non-mandatory fee lists, policy updates on tuition and fees, and the proposed renaming of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Crossville to TCAT Upper Cumberland. The agenda also includes updates on legislation affecting the college system, a report on the financial performance for Fiscal Year 2022-23, and faculty emeritus recommendations.

A significant highlight of the meeting will be the preview of the new “Careers Start Here” online dashboard. This tool, developed in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will showcase employment outcomes and earnings data for TBR college graduates. The dashboard aims to provide valuable insights for students, educators, and the public by comparing the outcomes of graduates to those who enrolled but did not complete their studies.

The proposed name change for TCAT Crossville to TCAT Upper Cumberland is part of a consolidation effort with TCAT Livingston, reflecting the geographical area of both institutions. If approved, the name change will be effective from May 3, with TCAT Livingston adopting the new name once the consolidation process completes in Fall 2025.

Additionally, the board will discuss proposed changes to non-mandatory fees, which could result in standardized online course fees and adjustments to specific class fees at community colleges. These proposals arise from an initiative to standardize and simplify the fee list maintained by the TBR system office.

The meeting will also include a resolution of appreciation for former TCAT Harriman President Danice Turpin, recognizing her 35 years of service within the TBR system.

For those interested in attending the meeting in person, contact details for Mariah Perry are provided for security access or accommodations. The public can also request to address the Board by following the authorized process outlined in TBR Policy

The spring meeting coincides with the 6th annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) events, celebrating outstanding contributions from students, faculty, staff, and partners across the College System of Tennessee.

For more information, the complete agenda, executive summary, and board materials are available on the TBR website.


Richard Locker

Phone: 615-366-4417

Published: 03/21/2024

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