The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its fall quarterly meeting Sept. 22-23, with an agenda that includes reports on fall semester enrollment and results of the 2019-20 academic year.
The board, which governs Tennessee’s public community and technical colleges, will also consider funding recommendations for new or expanded program initiatives for fiscal year 2021-22.
The board’s standing committees will meet Tuesday, Sept. 22, starting at 8:30 a.m. CT with the Finance and Business Operations Committee and followed consecutively by the four other committees. The full board will convene Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. CT. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the board and committees will meet virtually, online. All meetings will be live streamed and archived on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/september-2020-quarterly-meeting. Complete agendas and meeting materials are posted at the same link.
The reports on fall semester enrollment and results of the 2019-20 academic year, including the number of degrees and other credentials awarded, will be part of the chancellor’s report during the full board meeting Wednesday. That report, “Student Access, Equity, and Success: Data Insights,” will include a review of several student access, equity and success measures from the last academic year.
The Finance and Business Operations Committee’s Tuesday agenda includes consideration of the TBR System’s budget requests for program initiatives for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The committee’s recommendations will go to the full board on Wednesday, and the board’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. THEC will review the TBR budget proposals, along with proposals from the University of Tennessee System and the six locally governed public universities, for potential inclusion in its overall higher education budget recommendation to the governor’s administration. The budget process won’t be complete until the state legislature approves the Fiscal 2021-22 state budget next spring.
Other major items on the board and committee agendas include: a review of student technology-access fee spending plans, an update on apprenticeship programs, and consideration of tenure and promotion recommendations, institutional compensation proposals at some colleges, program terminations and modifications and new programs at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs), and proposed revisions to two TBR policies – one on records, retention and disposal, and one on academic standards and re-admission at the TCATs. Detailed agendas, including an executive summary and background materials, are available at the link above.
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.