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To remain competitive in recruiting top faculty and students, the Tennessee Board of Regents said 19 Tennessee colleges and universities are pooling $51 million of their existing budgets to revamp outdated technology.

However, since the old systems wont have to be maintained, as much as $12 million should be offset.

TBR has contracted with SunGard SCTs Banner system for the overhaul of its finance, human resources and student information systems.

Students at 10 of the campuses should see the benefits by Fall 2007. (Nashville City Paper, Dec. 29, 2005) To remain competitive in recruiting top faculty and students, the Tennessee Board of Regents said 19 Tennessee colleges and universities are pooling $51 million of their existing budgets to revamp outdated technology.

However, since the old systems won't have to be maintained, as much as $12 million should be offset.

TBR has contracted with SunGard SCT's Banner system for the overhaul of its finance, human resources and student information systems.

Students at 10 of the campuses should see the benefits by Fall 2007. (Nashville City Paper, Dec. 29, 2005)

State officials are mobilizing against Tennessee's trend of losing students before they graduate from high school and college with multi-media campaigns touting the benefits of education.

Tennessee is among nine southern states sharing in the nearly $1 million Passport to Opportunity grant to develop individualized public education campaigns.

A 2005 study commissioned by THEC found 82 percent of parents surveyed would prefer their child attend college. Yet a recent Comptroller's report showed roughly 36 percent of Tennessee high school graduates enroll in a college or university. (Nashville City Paper, Dec. 22, 2005)

Five projects totaling more than $20 million promise to make Dyersburg State Community College as well as its satellite branch in Covington.

Four of the projects — a new chemistry lab, renovations of the administration building, and additions to the student center and library facilities — will enhance the main campus, located about 90 miles north of Memphis.

The fifth project will double the size of the Covington facility, which now enrolls about 1,000 students.

All of the projects combined will give the school, founded in 1969, nearly 75,000 square feet of new space and another 40,000 square feet of renovated space. (The Commercial Appeal, Dec. 23, 2005)

East Tennessee State University is among 33 institutions in the nation to be accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc.

The designation applies to research project studies involving human subjects approved by the ETSU campus and ETSU/VA Medical Campus Institutional Review Boards, which oversee all studies at ETSU, the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and the Mountain States Health Alliance.

ETSU joins other accredited organizations such as Baylor College of Medicine, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Vanderbilt University. (ETSU Public Relations, Jan. 6, 2006)