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Board Of Regents Members Upbeat With Governor

Posted at 4:59 PM, Dec 10, 2015

Members of the Tennessee Board of Regents speaking at their quarterly meeting were generally upbeat about the possibility of reducing their focus to the state's 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

Governor Bill Haslam recently said he will introduce legislation to create local boards to govern the six state universities that have not been part of the University of Tennessee system.

Speaking at the Board of Regents' Thursday meeting, Haslam said the intent of the proposed change was to provide more focus on the two-year schools, which have been seeing big increases in enrollment.

Ultimately, Haslam wants to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees and certificates to 55 percent by the year 2025. The two-year schools form a big part of that initiative.