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General Assembly expected to demand more accountability

The state General Assembly convenes Tuesday, Jan. 13, for the first time since the resignation of former University of Tennessee President John Shumaker. The legislative body is expected to take on overspending and other improprieties in higher education through a series of proposals that would hold state colleges and universities, as well as their top officials, more accountable.
The state General Assembly convenes Tuesday, Jan. 13, for the first time since the resignation of former University of Tennessee President John Shumaker. The legislative body is expected to take on overspending and other improprieties in higher education through a series of proposals that would hold state colleges and universities, as well as their top officials, more accountable.

According to The Tennessean, legislators are expected to propose that internal auditors operate more independently, trustees and regents be removed more easily and staff whistleblowers have greater protection. In addition, presidents will not be able to approve exceptions to policies for themselves, and schools' private foundations could face more frequent funding reviews.