The Tennessee Board of Regents will conduct its spring quarterly meeting by telephone conference call Tuesday, April 7. The agenda includes announcement of the outstanding students, faculty, staff and colleges of the year in the second annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition (SOAR) Awards.
The Board of Regents governs the 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology comprising the College System of Tennessee.
Other agenda items include:
The full agenda, executive summary and complete Board materials are posted on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/march-26-quarterly-meeting-rescheduled-telephonic-meeting-april-7-2020.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more people, the Board meeting will be held by conference call, which is open to the public as listeners. The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT, Tuesday, April 7. Anyone wishing to listen should contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at Sonja.Mason@tbr.edu by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, for call-in information. The spring quarterly meeting was postponed from its original scheduled date, March 26, due to the pandemic.
The SOAR Awards, launched last year by the Board of Regents, recognize an Outstanding Student, Faculty Member and College Staff Member of the Year – one each from a community college and a college of applied technology, for a total of six individual SOAR Awards. The Board is also recognizing two Colleges of the Year – a community college and a college of applied technology.
A total of 18 regional finalists – six students, six faculty and six staff members – advanced through this year’s judging for the SOAR awards. Each college nominated a student, faculty member and staff member, who participated in regional judging in East, Middle and West Tennessee before the regional finalists advanced to the state level. Final interviews of the finalists by a panel of judges occurred last week.
The SOAR Awards originally were scheduled to be presented during the system’s second annual SOAR Awards conference March 24-25 in Nashville. The conference, canceled for that date, was also to have included TBR Day on the Hill at the State Capitol and recognition of other outstanding students in the system's Phi Theta Kappa and National Technical Honor Society college chapters.
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.