Gov., lawmakers agree changes needed in higher ed. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Gov., lawmakers agree changes needed in higher ed.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen and state lawmakers agree the current budget crisis is spurring new willingness to examine the structure of Tennessee's three tiers of higher education oversight, but any changes may not occur anytime soon.

The governor has told state colleges and universities they will have to significantly cut their budgets to meet a state revenue shortfall. Higher education accounts for about $1.3 billion of the state budget, and Bredesen anticipates cutting roughly $180 million from it.

Bredesen has questioned the continued need for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

THEC executive director Richard Rhoda says the commission is still needed as an objective advisory panel to the governor and legislature.

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