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Leaders Look for Ways to Tie Grads’ Skills to Employers’ Needs

Industry, the public workforce system and higher education leaders from across Middle Tennessee gathered last week to help identify and close the gap between the skills Tennessee’s college students learn and what employers need for their workforce.

The group heard from Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan about the impact their efforts can have on the state’s economy.

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Board Meets to Confirm Tristan Denley as TBR Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Approve Criteria for Cleveland State Presidential Search

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan will recommend the Board appoint Tristan Denley as the next vice chancellor for Academic Affairs during a telephonic meeting called for 3:30 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 16.

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TBR Approves Tuition, Other Committee Recommendations

The Tennessee Board of Regents today approved maintenance fee/tuition recommendations at its universities and community colleges. Maintenance fee increases are lower this year than in the past two years and will not affect the Tennessee Technology Centers.

It also took action on recommendations by a number of committees, including Finance and Business Operations, Personnel and Compensation, Academic Policies and Programs, and Tennessee Technology Centers.

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TBR to Meet in Regular Quarterly Session June 20-21; Board Considers Tuition Recommendations

The Tennessee Board of Regents will meet in regular quarterly session at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., on Thursday and Friday, June 20-21.

Committee meetings will begin at 1 p.m. EDT June 20 in the Lyceum of the Student Services Building. Committees will meet in this order: Personnel and Compensation; Finance and Business Operations; Academic Policies and Programs; Business, Community and Public Affairs; and Tennessee Technology Centers.

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TBR Finance Committee Recommends Tuition Rates

The Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Business Operations yesterday recommended increases in tuition/maintenance fees that are lower than recent years thanks to improved state funding.

The committee decided to recommend increases of 3 percent for each of the 13 community colleges across the state and ranging from 1.4 to 6 percent for the six TBR universities.

Students at the Tennessee Technology Centers will not see a maintenance fee increase.

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UT, TBR Partner with Coursera to Pilot Technology for Courses

The University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents systems are working with Coursera, a leading provider of massive open online courses, to develop a pilot program using the company’s technology to enhance online and campus-based blended learning courses.

Coursera announced its partnerships with 10 state university systems and public university flagships across the U.S. in national media today.

The agreement with UT and TBR systems will involve an 18-month pilot program to test Coursera’s technology platform for class offerings.

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TBR Schedules Finance, Audit, Committee Chairs and Personnel Committee Meetings June 4

Tennessee Board of Regents Finance and Business Operations Committee, Audit Committee, Committee Chairs, and Personnel and Compensation Committee meetings are scheduled at the TBR office in Nashville on Tuesday, June 4.

The Finance and Business Operations Committee will meet at 10 a.m. CDT to consider maintenance fee and tuition rate recommendations.

The Audit Committee meeting will begin at approximately 11 a.m. The agenda includes:

I. Informational reporting

a. Review of Comptroller’s Office audit reports

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TBR Finance and Business Operations Committee to Meet May 16

The Finance and Business Operations Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents will meet via telephone at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, May 16.

The committee will discuss the Stark Loan Fund and continue discussions related to maintenance fee and tuition rate proposals. The full Tennessee Board of Regents will vote on any tuition and fee recommendations at its June 21 quarterly meeting at Walters State Community College in Morristown.

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