Board Of Regents To Meet June 21-22; Agenda Includes Student Tuition For 2018-19

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its summer quarterly meeting Thursday and Friday, June 21-22, at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland. The agenda includes action on student tuition and fees for the 2018-19 school year.

The Board of Regents governs the 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology comprising the College System of Tennessee. 

The board will consider the tuition and fee recommendations made by its Finance and Business Operations Committee on May 30: a proposed 2.7 percent increase in in-state student tuition (called maintenance fees) at the community colleges and a 3 percent increase at the colleges of applied technology.

The committee recommended no increase in mandatory fees (fees paid by all students in addition to tuition), except for a new $3 per semester fee at Columbia State Community College sought by the student government association to enhance student-oriented events on all five of the college’s campuses. As a result, the effective increase in tuition and mandatory fees would be 2.4 to 2.6 percent for community college students taking 15 credit hours per semester and 2.8 percent for technical college students.

If the Finance Committee’s recommendations are approved by the board, it will be the fourth consecutive year of tuition increases of 4 percent or less – and the system’s lowest four-year average increase in decades. Last year’s 2.6 percent tuition increase at the community and technical colleges was the lowest since 1991-92. 

The board’s committees will meet June 21, starting at 9 a.m. ET with the Economic and Community Development Committee in Room E-110 of the Career Education Building. Committee meetings resume at 1 p.m. that day in the Johnson Theater of the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center. The Finance and Business Operations Committee will convene at 1 p.m., followed consecutively by the Personnel and Compensation Committee; Academic Policies, Programs and Student Life Committee, and the External Affairs Committee.

The full Board of Regents will convene at 9:30 a.m. June 22, also in the Johnson Theater, following a 9 a.m. welcoming presentation by Cleveland State President Bill Seymour and Tennessee College of Applied Technology Athens President Stewart Smith. Cleveland State is located at 3535 Adkisson Dr. in Cleveland.

Other major items on the board’s agenda include:

A report on the findings of an Economic Reach and Impact study of TBR institutions, employees, students and graduates. The study was conducted by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s Center for Economic Research in Tennessee.

An update on the Tennessee Reconnect program, which goes into effect this fall, providing tuition-free community and technical college for adult Tennesseans without college degrees. More than 19,000 have applied for Reconnect so far.

Consideration of the proposed institutional budgets for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

Consideration of approval of the system’s capital budget request for Fiscal Year 2019- 20. This is the first step in the capital budgeting process and if approved, this request for campus construction, renovation and major maintenance projects will be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. THEC will then draft a priority list for capital projects across the state’s public higher education system, including the community and technical college system, the University of Tennessee System and locally governed universities, for submission to the state administration. The administration will then decide what projects to include in the governor’s overall state budget proposal to the General Assembly early next year.

Consideration of a proposed revision in TBR policy regarding payment of student fees and enrollment. The proposal stems from the state legislature’s approval of Public Chapter 739, the intent of which is to give students with prior college debt a pathway to return to school, participate in Tennessee Reconnect and ultimately graduate. The policy change would authorize College System of Tennessee schools to issue certificates of credit or official transcripts for a student seeking admission to any college in the system if the student has entered into a written agreement to satisfy any outstanding debt or obligation owed to the college issuing the certificate or transcript. Additionally, the schools are authorized to issue diplomas, certificates of credit, or official transcripts if the debt outstanding is less than $100.

Consideration of faculty tenure and promotion recommendations at the colleges.

Consideration of compensation plans for the colleges and the system office for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Consideration of executive incentive compensation plan payments to college presidents and the chancellor of the Board of Regents.

Consideration of president emeritus contracts for next year. 

Consideration of 15 proposed terminations, modifications and implementations of technical programs at the colleges of applied technology.

Consideration of a proposed change in the board’s bylaws, to add a self-assessment process for the board to comply with accreditation standards of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The complete agenda for all of the committees and the full board, as well as supporting materials are posted on the TBR website. The meetings will be live-streamed and archived at the same site.
All meetings are open to the public and media as observers. Anyone planning to attend should contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at Sonja.Mason@tbr.edu or 615-366-3927 for security access or accommodations.



Chattanooga Preparatory School Invites 300 Men To Welcome Inaugural Class

In 2016 local couple, Ted and Kelly Alling, decided to make a lasting impact on Chattanooga by extending diverse academic opportunities to the underserved young men of the city’s urban core. The idea came to them after they toured Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and thought how incredible it would be if boys and their families had a similar school. The ... (click for more)

MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation Announces Winners

The MaryEllen Locher Scholarship Foundation has awarded 17 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year to Chattanooga area students representing 12 high schools in the region.  The foundation is a college scholarship program for children who have either lost a parent to breast cancer or have a parent who is a breast cancer survivor. The awards are designed to ease ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman "Astounded" At Low Performance By Hamilton County Schools On TNReady; Dr. Johnson Says Some Gaps "Closing" Between County And State

County School Board member Rhonda Thurman said Thursday she was "astounded" by low performance on TNReady scores that were just released.   Noting that the county schools are below state levels in many areas, she said, "I am blown away. I am just astounded. We spend millions and ten millions and this is what we get."   She said, "If people want to know why ... (click for more)

Senator Corker Calls Judge Kavanaugh "A Superb Nominee"

 Senator Bob Corker on Thursday called Judge Brett Kavanaugh "a superb nominee" for the U.S. Supreme Court.   He made the statement after meeting with President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.   Senator Corker said, “I had a great meeting today with Judge Kavanaugh and think he is a superb nominee. It is inspiring to me to see ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)

Am I Alone? - And Response (6)

Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)