Tennessee Board of Regents to meet Dec. 13. Agenda includes rollout of new Warranty for graduates of technical programs

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday, Dec. 13, with an agenda that includes a formal rollout of its new Warranty for graduates of technical programs, revised budgets, new academic and technical programs, new and revised policy proposals and updates on various initiatives.

The Board of Regents governs the College System of Tennessee – the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology. The board will convene at 10 a.m. Dec. 13 in the first-floor boardroom at the System Office, 1 Bridgestone Park, Nashville.

The complete agenda, summary and board materials are posted on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/december-quarterly-board-meeting-0. The meeting is open to the public and will be live-streamed, and later archived, at the same link. Those wishing to attend in person may contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at sonja.mason@tbr.edu or 615-366-3927 for security access or accommodations.

Agenda highlights include:

  • Rollout of the new Warranty for graduates of technical programs (which provides retraining at no charge for graduates of technical programs who cannot perform one or more of the competencies for which they were trained). The warranty program was approved at an earlier board meeting and went into effect with students enrolling this fall. More information is available at tbr.edu/warranty.
  • The Chancellor’s report to the board.
  • Review of legislative priorities.
  • An update on system-level advancement and fundraising.
  • Annual employer and alumni survey report for the colleges of applied technology.
  • Financial update and review of revised Fiscal Year 2018-19 budgets.
  • Five proposed new programs at TCATs: a Mental Health Technician program at TCAT Chattanooga, Farming Operations Technology program and Health Information Management Technology program at TCAT Crump, and Administrative Office Technology program and Welding program at TCAT Jacksboro in conjunction with Jellico High School.
  • A proposed new degree program at Roane State Community College: an Associate of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering Technology.   
  • New, higher targets for numbers of diplomas and certificates awarded by the technical colleges.
  • Review of proposed new and revised TBR policies.
  • A proposal to rename a building at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro’s Smyrna Campus.

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.