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Consultant advises against combining higher ed boards

November 25, 2003


Should the state continue to have separate boards for the Tennessee Board of Regents system, Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the University of Tennessee system? While some politicians say no, consultant Dennis Jones says yes.

Jones, a consultant with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, advised the state legislatures joint Education Oversight Committee that a change in governance should be a last resort, according to The Tennessean (Combining higher education boards not worth it, consultant says, 11/20/03). November 25, 2003


Should the state continue to have separate boards for the Tennessee Board of Regents system, Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the University of Tennessee system? While some politicians say no, consultant Dennis Jones says yes.

Jones, a consultant with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, advised the state legislature's joint Education Oversight Committee that a change in governance should be a last resort, according to The Tennessean (“Combining higher education boards not worth it, consultant says,” 11/20/03).

Jones also said Tennessee's higher education agenda needed to be aligned with the state's educations and economic development priorities. He does not believe the three boards are “properly organized to meet those needs.”