Tennessee’s public universities say this is the year to stem the tide in budget cuts. The Board of Regents and University of Tennessee are asking for a $33 million increase in state funding.
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Now that funding for public universities in Tennessee depends on their graduation rates, the state comptroller says data they submit needs to be verified. State auditors have been tracking implementation of a set of laws meant to get more students finishing a degree.
Governor Bill Haslam spent part of his State of the State address Monday highlighting two small, but meaningful shifts in Tennessee’s budget. One is a reversal in the trend toward privatization.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean plans to start a summer academy focused on raising ACT scores and helping students fill out financial aid forms. It’s the first element of his plan to double college graduation rates in five years, a lofty goal he announced during his inaugural address last month.
Governor Bill Haslam says more savings can be found in focusing the missions of the state’s universities than merging them into one system. He addressed members of the Tennessee Higher Education System Wednesday.
Starting Friday, the Department of Veterans Affairs will hand out emergency checks to former service members held up in a backlog of funding requests under the new GI Bill.