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Tennessee colleges using tech tools to help students choose courses, majors

College students use tech tools for everything from ordering pizza to playing games. Now the same technology software is being used to help them decide which courses will help them graduate faster, which courses will result in better grades, and even what subject to choose for a major.The technology, developed by Austin Peay State University’s provost Tristan Denley, uses data to first identify the course requirements for the student’s major, then find the classes in which the student is most likely to perform well.

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Interviews Scheduled for Vol State Presidential Candidates Feb. 28 – March 2

The three finalists for the presidency of Volunteer State Community College will participate in interviews and campus forums Feb. 28 through March 2. The finalists, Bonny Copenhaver, provost of Motlow State Community College; Jerry Faulkner, vice president for Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College; and Michael McDonald, State Representative - 44th District, will each interview with the Presidential Search Advisory Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 29.The committee interviews will begin with Faulkner at 1:15 p.m. CST, Copenhaver at 2:45 p.m. and McDonald at 4:15 p.m.

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TBR Finance and Business Committee to Meet Feb. 9

The Finance and Business Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a telephonic meeting at 3 p.m. CST on Thursday, Feb. 9. The committee will review background information and materials related to mandatory and incidental fee requests and discuss principles to guide consideration of fee requests for fiscal year 2012-13.The meeting is open to the public and the press as listeners. Those wishing dial-in information for the call should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at monica.greppin-watts@tbr.edu or 615-366-4417 before 5 p.m. Feb.

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TTU Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named; First Meeting, Open Forum Scheduled Feb. 17

The Search Advisory Committee members for a new president of Tennessee Technological University have been selected and will meet for the first time in February following a public forum about the search process.

The advisory committee will meet Friday, Feb. 17, in the TTU University Center MultiPurpose Room. The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. CST. Campus and community members are also invited to an open forum to discuss the search process for the new president from 11 a.m. – noon in the same location.

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Governor's Budget Recommendations Include News for TBR Institutions

Governor Haslam presented his FY 2012-13 budget recommendations to the General Assembly on Jan. 30. Below is a summary of some items pertinent to Tennessee Board of Regents institutions.Operating Funds - Recurring• A recurring state funding reduction of $12.1 million is recommended, equal to 2.1% of current state appropriations. This reduction is significantly less than the 5% reduction that higher education institutions were notified might be possible in Fall 2011.

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Vol State Presidential Search Continues Feb. 1

The search advisory committee for a new president of Volunteer State Community College will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 1, beginning at 12:45 p.m. CST in the Rochelle Center of Vol State’s Thigpen Library. The committee met in January and narrowed the pool of 35 applicants to a list of 12 first-round candidates. Since then, committee members have been carefully reviewing the candidates’ dossiers, checking references and collecting additional relevant information.

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Vol State Presidential Search Advisory Committee Meets Jan. 11

The search advisory committee for a new president of Volunteer State Community College will meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 11 beginning at 12:45 p.m. CST in the Thigpen Library of Vol State’s Rochelle Center. The committee, which met for the first time in December to receive applications and outline the search process, will begin narrowing the list of candidates to a smaller group, around 10-15 first-round finalists. As of Jan.

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Vol State Presidential Search Advisory Committee Named

The presidential search advisory committee for a new president of Volunteer State Community College has been selected and will meet for the first time Thursday, Dec. 15.

The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. CST in the Thigpen Library of the Rochelle Center on the Vol State campus.

Vol State’s previous president, Warren Nichols, left in October to take the position as vice chancellor for the TBR’s new Community College System. Bruce Scism, Vol State’s vice president of Academic Affairs, was selected to serve as interim president until a permanent president is hired.

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