Governor's Proposal Would Give Tenn. Universities More Autonomy

December 2, 2015

A proposal by Gov. Bill Haslam would separate several of Tennessee's public universities from the Tennessee Board of Regents, giving them their own governing boards and more autonomy over tuition and other matters, The Tennessean reported. The plan would provide more independence for the six universities now overseen by the regents but would not affect the University of Tennessee System. The regents would become primarily responsible for the state's community and technical colleges, which Haslam said would allow for "concentrated focus" on those institutions, the newspaper said.

The proposal in Tennessee, which would need to be approved by the legislature, is the latest development in the continuing tug-of-war between state and institutional interests that has created significant tension in recent years in states such as Wisconsin, Oregon and Washington.

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