News Roundup

Links to the latest online news reports on community college trends, Tennessee Board of Regents coverage and more

In Session: The Haslam Administration in Year Eight

Analysis: Will the 2018 legislative session cement Bill Haslam’s legacy, or could it partially upend it?

January 11, 2018

A year from now, Gov. Bill Haslam will be handing over his duties as head of the state to a newly elected governor, bright-eyed and bullish on advancing her or his agenda through the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. But starting this month, as the second year of the 110th session gets underway, Haslam has one last chance to push his own agenda and ostensibly cement his legacy, such as it is.  Read more.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Tydings speaks at rotary club luncheon

January 10, 2018

Dr. Flora Tydings, Chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regents, was the speaker at the Rotary Club of Cleveland luncheon on Tuesday at the Museum Center at 5ive Points.

Dr. Tydings provided an update on “The New TBR” after the FOCUS Act changes including some of the system’s new priorities and the impact this will have on CSCC. Read more.

Closing Gaps in Tennessee

Despite tackling college access head-on, challenges remain in Tennessee as the state grapples with decreasing adult student enrollment and an achievement gap for African-American students.

January 9, 2018

Tennessee has received numerous accolades for its push over the past few years to increase college access.

But a recent report on the retention and completion rates of the state’s most vulnerable college students show that access alone isn’t enough if Tennessee wants to reach its goal for 55 percent of adults to hold a degree or certificate by 2025.  Read more.

Southern Middle Tennessee will be region of lightning-fast change in 2018
December 30, 2017

The year ahead will bring a wave of lightning-fast changes for Maury County and southern Middle Tennessee.

That’s not just a prediction. It’s already happening before our eyes.  Read more.

Unemployment in Tennessee remains low
Friday, December 29, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips earlier in December announced the November statewide unemployment rate posted significantly lower than November 2016 and notably lower than the national average. The preliminary, seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for November 2017 was 3.1 percent – two percentage points lower than it was one year ago and one percentage point below the national average of 4.1.    Read more.