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Committee Chairs Meeting and Ad Hoc Committee on Committees
Location:   TBR System Office - Nashville
Start:   11:30 AM
End:   4:30 PM

 The Committee Chairs meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. CDT with a working lunch. The agenda includes:

Personnel and compensation issues

Finance and business issues

Academic policy revisions

Preview of new TBR.edu website

Update on directors searches at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

Review draft of September Board meeting agenda

 

The Ad Hoc Committee on Committees will meet immediately after the Committee Chairs. Agenda items include the review and approval of a charter for the External Affairs Committee and discussion of the ad hoc committee’s next steps.

 

Both meetings are open to the public and the press. Those wishing to attend should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before 4:30 p.m. CDT Sept. 11 so building security clearance can be arranged. Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should use the same contact to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received no later than noon Sept. 11.


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TBR Quarterly Board Meeting
Location:   Pellissippi State Community College

 Committee meetings will take place Thursday and begin at 1 p.m. EDT in the Clayton Performing Arts Center in the Alexander Building. Committees will meet in this order: Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Academic Policies and Programs, Personnel and Compensation, Finance and Business Operations, and Audit.

The full Board will meet on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. 

The Board will hear an annual report on the system-wide Completion Agenda and an update on the Tennessee Promise. New business to go before the Board includes:

    • Approval of the proposed 2015 meeting dates;

    • Minutes of the Personnel and Compensation Committee on Sept. 25 that includes tenure upon appointments; institutional compensation proposals; revised policies regarding sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; and          evaluation of the chancellor;

    • Minutes of the Finance and Business Operations Committee on Sept. 25 that includes the capital budget for fiscal year 2015-16; and 

    • Approval of the resolutions of appreciation for retired TCAT directors Don Sadler and Mark Powers. 

A full agenda for the Board and committee meetings and meeting materials are available to download on the TBR website at http://www.tbr.edu/about/default.aspx?id=1390. All meetings are open to the public and the press as observers except for the non-public executive session of the Audit Committee. Any member of the public or media who plans to attend should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before noon CDT Wednesday, Sept. 24, so access can be arranged. The meetings are also accessible to view via live streaming video athttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/tennessee-board-of-regents using the password tbr2011.

Anyone with a disability who wishes to attend should contact Greppin-Watts to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received by noon Tuesday, Sept. 23.


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9/26/2014
TBR Quarterly Board Meeting
Location:   Pellissippi State Community College

 Committee meetings will take place Thursday and begin at 1 p.m. EDT in the Clayton Performing Arts Center in the Alexander Building. Committees will meet in this order: Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Academic Policies and Programs, Personnel and Compensation, Finance and Business Operations, and Audit.

The full Board will meet on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. 

The Board will hear an annual report on the system-wide Completion Agenda and an update on the Tennessee Promise. New business to go before the Board includes:

    • Approval of the proposed 2015 meeting dates;

    • Minutes of the Personnel and Compensation Committee on Sept. 25 that includes tenure upon appointments; institutional compensation proposals; revised policies regarding sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; and          evaluation of the chancellor;

    • Minutes of the Finance and Business Operations Committee on Sept. 25 that includes the capital budget for fiscal year 2015-16; and 

    • Approval of the resolutions of appreciation for retired TCAT directors Don Sadler and Mark Powers. 

A full agenda for the Board and committee meetings and meeting materials are available to download on the TBR website at http://www.tbr.edu/about/default.aspx?id=1390. All meetings are open to the public and the press as observers except for the non-public executive session of the Audit Committee. Any member of the public or media who plans to attend should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before noon CDT Wednesday, Sept. 24, so access can be arranged. The meetings are also accessible to view via live streaming video athttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/tennessee-board-of-regents using the password tbr2011.

Anyone with a disability who wishes to attend should contact Greppin-Watts to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be received by noon Tuesday, Sept. 23.


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Tuition and Fees

Among the most important duties of the Tennessee Board of Regents is establishing tuition and mandatory fees for students at TBR institutions. Tuition has increased steadily since fiscal year 1991-1992; during that period, state appropriations have steadily declined, which is why tuition has continued to go up.

An overview of the process and details pertaining to the tuition recommendations for 2011-12 is available at Under our Quick Links menu at http://tbr.edu/news/default.aspx?id=6503. 2011 is the first year that universities other than the University of Memphis were authorized to set differential rates.

 The 2011-12 recommended increases will provide some funding to permit continuation of quality service to growing numbers of students – while also creating a need and incentive for efficiency at the institutions. (Even with the tuition increases, all of our colleges and universities are still operating with less dollars per full-time-equivalent student than they had four years ago.) An increase in tuition beyond the 7% recommended last fall by THEC is needed for the following reasons, among others.

  • Campuses are dealing with a loss of substantial dollars – more than $170 million -- in Federal Recovery Act funding. The majority of our institutions have faced substantial enrollment growth while most have reduced the numbers of faculty and staff available to serve those students’ needs in recent years.
  • All of higher education must address an additional 2 percent cut in state funding for the coming year. This additional reduction comes on top of nearly 30 percent cuts for TBR institutions between 2008 and 2011.
  • The state-mandated 1.6 percent salary increase was not fully funded for higher education. The difference in funding needed, as well as any additional pay raises, would have to be funded through student fees.
  • Campuses are facing additional inflationary costs, including increased utilities, benefits, supplies, etc. that require funding to operate.
  • All institutions are working to meet greater expectations and challenges associated with the requirements of the Complete College Tennessee Act passed last year.

For a history of tuition increases, see the chart showing tuition from 1972, when the Tennessee Board of Regents was formed, to the present..