The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its summer quarterly meeting Thursday and Friday, June 21-22, at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tenn. 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 Drive in Cleveland.
Other major items on the board’s agenda include:
The complete agenda for all of the committees and the full board, as well as supporting materials are posted on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/june-quarterly-board-meeting. 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.
The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.