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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Tennessee Higher Education Commission :


Policy/Guideline Area

Governance, Organization, and General Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, System Office, Board Members


The purpose of this policy is to establish the relationship between the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.


  1. Systems
    1. Tennessee has two higher education systems; the Board of Trustees of The University of Tennessee, and the State University and Community College System of Tennessee, referred to as the Tennessee Board of Regents. There are also local Boards of Trustees which have authority over the six state universities.  
    2. Coordination between the two systems and the local boards is furnished by the Higher Education Commission for: budgetary and capital outlay requests; state master plan for higher education; need and location of new higher education institutions; and approval of new academic and degree programs in both systems.



T.C.A. § 49-7-201 et seq.


Board Meeting, 1983, upon enactment of T.C.A. § 49-4702.