Higher Education Governance: Not the Focus of the Haslam Administration This Year

After a series of discussions on higher education and workforce development with business and community leaders, elected officials, educators and administrators, the Haslam Administration announced yesterday evening that they will not be seeking legislation to alter the structure of higher education governance this year.

The Governor stated that his administration had nothing major in terms of legislation planned for public higher education institutions.  However, the Governor did state that he remains concerned about the rising student cost to attend college, and announced that his administration will continue to look for ways to help relieve the burden of that cost.  Expanding scholarship opportunities is one potential avenue the administration is considering.

Quoted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Governor revealed some of the items up for discussion.  “We’re looking at everything from broadening the scholarship program we have now, tnAchieves, and helping people go to community colleges free or whether we can make better use of an online education program that might work for some people to continuing what Tennessee started with the Complete College Act.”

The Tennessee General Assembly convenes on January 8, 2013.  Check back for updates on the Governor’s higher education agenda as well other legislation that would impact the University of Tennessee System.

UTHSC: A Proud Partner of the Governor’s Public Safety Task Force

Yesterday, the University of Tennessee joined hundreds of law enforcement and health professionals from across the state at the first ever statewide public safety forum. Joining Governor Haslam were Commissioners Dreyzehner (TN Department of Health), Gibbons (TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security), Varney (TN Department of Mental Health), Schofield (TN Department of Correction), and Hagerty (TN Department of Economic and Community Development) to present an update on the Governor’s Public Safety Action Plan. The Public Safety Action Plan is designed to have significant and measureable impacts on crime in Tennessee. The three key initiatives of the plan include reducing drug abuse and trafficking, reducing violent crime and reducing the number of repeat offenders.

The goal related to reducing drug abuse and trafficking contains specific actions relative to the Univeristy of Tennessee Health Science Center: Teaching medical and pharmacy students about prescription drug abuse, the prescription database system, and the laws in Tennessee that govern prescribers and dispensers.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is a proud partner in working with the Governor’s Public Safety Task Force to curb prescription drug abuse, a major concern for the Haslam administration.

Click on the video below to watch the Governor’s preview of the forum.