Public Invited to Town Hall Meeting for Higher Education Discussion

A regional town hall meeting will give area residents a chance to affect decisions about higher education in Tennessee in the face of budget challenges.

A Cookeville-Upper Cumberland town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. at Tennessee Tech University in the Roaden University Center's OVC Room. The meeting is part of discussions initiated by the Tennessee Board of Regents and its staff about how TBR institutions can work more efficiently and more cooperatively to serve the state with reduced resources.

"While receiving less than adequate funds for more than a decade, the higher education system has continued to provide the citizens of the state with quality instruction and service," said Tennessee Tech President Bob Bell. "We must continue that reputation and be creative in seeking ways to maintain the level of quality."

Items on the meeting's agenda include ways to deliver remedial and developmental studies more efficiently, consideration of limiting university enrollments, restriction of satellite campus activities, elimination of low-producing and duplicative programs, and other ideas surrounding administrative efficiencies.

The Tennessee General Assembly has mandated that the TBR and University of Tennessee systems submit reports by January 2002 to address these issues and suggest resolutions.

Following the series of regional meetings, which include a Sept. 4 meeting at Austin Peay State University and a Sept. 13 meeting at Tennessee State University, a higher education summit will be held October 22-24 for recommendations to be finalized and prioritized. Final approval of the recommendations and strategies will be considered by the TBR in December.

Parking for participants attending the Cookeville-Upper Cumberland meeting will be available off Dixie Avenue in front of TTU's Walton House, and a shuttle service to the Roaden University Center will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Debbie Combs, TTU's Coordinator of Special Projects for the Office of the President, at 931-372-3301 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it