The Tennessee Board of Regents is launching a periodic review of its 2015-25 Strategic Plan, starting Dec. 11 when a new TBR Strategic Plan Steering Committee will convene to begin planning the review.
The committee will eventually make recommendations to the board for possible revisions or updates to the existing 10-year plan. The Board of Regents must approve any revisions or updates to the plan before they can go into effect. The process is expected to be completed in six to nine months. The board governs the College System of Tennessee – the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.
The Steering Committee will meet at 1 p.m. CT Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Tennessee Board of Regents system office, 1 Bridgestone Park, Nashville, TN 37214. The agenda (below) includes an overview and timeline of the strategic plan process; strategic plan themes; next steps, and discussions on national perspectives on governing board strategic planning led by a presenter from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and perspectives on TBR’s completion and equity agenda led by presenters from the national Achieving the Dream Network.
The 22-member Steering Committee includes two Board members – Vice Chair Emily J. Reynolds and Regent Barbara Prescott – TBR Chancellor Flora W. Tydings, two community college presidents, two presidents of colleges of applied technology, five college senior staff members representing various campus operations and services, three representatives of TBR partner agencies (the Tennessee Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Labor and Workforce Development), and seven TBR system senior staff members.
The current 2015-2025 TBR Strategic Plan includes a provision to revisit the plan periodically throughout the 10-year timeframe. With the appointment of Dr. Tydings as chancellor in early 2017, the Board of Regents reaffirmed the existing plan while adding new elements reflecting changes in TBR’s mission and structure as a result of the FOCUS (Focus on College and University Success) Act of 2016.
The existing Strategic Plan includes five pillars:
TBR’s new Strategic Plan review is prompted by several factors, including: the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is scheduled in early 2020 to revise its statewide Strategic Plan, which sets the agenda for higher education statewide; programs such as Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect have significantly altered the policy landscape, and the FOCUS Act provided an opportunity for TBR to sharpen its mission as an open access system emphasizing student success and workforce development.
The Dec. 11 agenda:
TBR 2020-25 Strategic Plan
Steering Committee – December 11, 2019
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.