Governor Launches Tennessee Higher Ed Review Next Week

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gov. Bill Haslam will assemble business, legislative and higher education leaders for a meeting at the governor's residence next week that will kick off his review of the state's college and university systems.

The July 10 meeting comes days after the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Board of Regents approved tuition and fee increases on the state's campuses ranging up to 8 percent for the 2012-13 school year that opens next month.

After spending much of his first year-and-a-half in office on K-12 education, the governor said in May that he will focus on higher education for the rest of this year, with a goal of submitting at least a first round of recommendations to the state legislature when it reconvenes in January.

But it's been unclear what form the review would take — whether it would operate through the current governing boards, for example, or involve creating a temporary commission to examine issues from the outside. An invitation sent from the governor's office to members of the UT Board, the Board of Regents and others sheds some light on at least the initial meeting.

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