Governor Haslam Holds Higher Ed Discussion in Knoxville

Governor Bill Haslam’s third higher education discussion was held today in Knoxville.  The first two discussions, held at Northeast State Technical Community College and the University of Memphis Lambuth Campus, respectively, have focused primarily on workforce development.  Today’s discussion continued to mirror that theme.

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THEC 2012 Lottery Report

The 2012 Lottery Scholarship Annual Report was released today for THEC’s Summer meeting.  The report reveals that for the first time, the UT System has a higher graduation rate for first-time freshman graduating with their lottery scholarships intact than all other higher education systems in the state (both public and private). Continue reading

Haslam to Focus on Post-Secondary Education

Today, Governor Bill Haslam kicked off his effort to review higher education in Tennessee.  He hosted the three higher education boards, UT, TBR, and THEC, as well as representatives from TSAC, TICUA, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and some legislators from the House and Senate.  Presenters, invited by Haslam, were:

  • Bill Tucker, Deputy Director of Policy Devleopment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Nicole Smith, Research Professor and Senior Economist at the Goergetown Center on Education and the Workforce; and
  • Bill Zumeta, co-author of Financing Higher Education in the Era of Globalization.

It was mentioned that later this month the Governor will begin a series of meetings across the state with businesses and postsecondary institutions to learn about collaborations that are working in communities and areas where we need to improve.  Although the dates and locations for the seven stops have not been released, we will post this information as soon as it is available.

For more information, regularly check UT’s advocacy site.