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Governor Bill Haslam Appoints Mike Krause To Lead Tennessee Higher Education Commission

 

Krause successfully launched Tennessee Promise as executive director of Drive to 55

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Mike Krause as executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

Krause has served as executive director of the Drive to 55 since 2014 and successfully managed the launch and implementation of Tennessee Promise and the other initiatives under the Drive to 55 umbrella.

Mike Krause

Mike Krause

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TBR raises tuition and fees; APSU sees a 2.8 percent increase

 

TBR Adopts Policy on Firearms, approves MTSU request for building name change

Tennessee Board of Regents - APSUNashville, TN – The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved the lowest increases in undergraduate tuition since 1983.

Tuition rates at the six TBR universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology will increase an average of 2.6 percent for the 2016-17 academic year.

The action, taken during the TBR quarterly meeting at Northeast State Community College, represents the lowest average increases in more than 30 years. The increases are within the range recommended by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Tennessee Board of Regents increases tuition and fees for State Colleges and Universities.

Tennessee Board of Regents increases tuition and fees for State Colleges and Universities.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs “FOCUS Act” Centered on Student and College Success

 

FOCUS Act Aligns Structure of Tennessee Higher Education to Meet Drive to 55 Goal

Tennessee State GovernmentCookeville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today signed the Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act at a ceremony on the campus of Tennessee Technological University.

The legislation organizes and empowers Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to increase student success and the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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APSU awarded over $140,000 from THEC to Improve Campus Climate for Increased Degree Attainment

 

APSU - Tennessee Higher Education CommissionNashville, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has awarded $800,000 to six colleges and universities (APSU receives $144,407.50) to increase student outcomes at the institutions.

The $800,000 in funding through the Institutional Outcome Improvement Fund Grant will assist institutions in growing student outcomes in areas such as credit hour progression and degree completion.

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Higher Education Commission Releases Snapshot of Higher Education Data for 2015-16 Academic Year

 

Tennessee Higher Education CommissionNashville, TN – The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has released the redesigned 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book, providing a snapshot of higher education as Tennessee moves toward the goals of the Drive to 55.

The publication includes information about the 244,572 students enrolled in public higher education in Tennessee in Fall 2015 and shows how programs such as Tennessee Promise have begun to shape the state’s higher education landscape.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book

Tennessee Higher Education Commission releases 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Bolsters Drive to 55 Campaign With New College Counseling Program for High Schools

 

Advise TN to provide college counseling assistance to 10,000 students in first year

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced Advise TN, a program to increase the number of students accessing higher education by providing college counselors to 30 public high schools and 10,000 junior and senior students across the state this fall.

The new initiative, administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), supports the state’s Drive to 55 campaign to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or credential to 55 percent by 2025.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Austin Peay State University nursing student wins THEC community service award

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Navdeep Saini, who may well be the nicest student attending Austin Peay State University, doesn’t like to talk about himself that much. If pressed, he’ll admit that he speaks six languages and has a degree in biotechnology (that he earned in Russian), but talking about his accomplishments seems to embarrass him.

He looked particularly shy at APSU’s Einstein Bros. Bagels coffee shop earlier this month when someone asked Saini about another accolade.

Navdeep Saini

Navdeep Saini

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Clarksville Citizens testify before House Local Government Committee

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Three citizens from Clarksville testified before the House Local Government Committee this week urging support for House Bill 2156 which helps restore some property tax relief for disabled veterans. There are currently several bills dealing with Property Tax Relief for veterans.

“I support these bills, and feel strongly that some tax relief will be funded in the 2016-17 budget,” Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson said.

Ms. Sherry Pickering with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition was first to testify. Also adding their expertise were Brenda Radford, Montgomery County Trustee, and Bill Summers, legislative representative for the Military Officer Association of American and a retired Air Force Officer.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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FOCUS Act Puts Tennessee on Best Path for Reaching Drive to 55

 

FOCUS Act Passes Tennessee General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised passage of the Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act, legislation that organizes and empowers Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to increase student success and the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential.

Monday night, the Senate passed the FOCUS Act 31-1, and with the bill having passed the House in March, the legislation is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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