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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

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Policy/Guideline Area

Governance, Organization, and General Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, Universities, 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, one under the Board of Trustees of The University of Tennessee, the other under the Board of Regents.
    2. Coordination between the two systems 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.
    3. A copy of the legislation establishing the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is included in Resource Document # 5.


Tennessee Code Annotated Title 49, Chapter 42