Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book
The Division of Policy, Planning, and Research has assembled the Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book which is a compilation of statistical information pertaining to higher education in Tennessee. The Fact Book contains tables and charts with data relevant to enrollment, persistence, graduation, tuition, financial aid, lottery scholarships, etc. The Fact Book is a resource for various stakeholders in higher education such as administrators, researchers, and legislators.
Please click the link below to access a PDF version of the Fact Book. Any questions should be directed to the Division of Policy, Planning, and Research.
Statewide Master Plan
The Master Planning cycle has traditionally followed a five-year timeframe, with the most recent iteration spanning 2000-05. Following this five-year reference point, the new planning document will run from 2005-10. The following provides an overview of THEC master planning activity since the adoption of the 2000-05 Master Plan for Higher Education in Tennessee.
Master Plans by State
Articulation and Transfer Reports
The General Assembly determined that a higher education system that
failed to allow the transfer of seemingly identical or similar courses
increased the time to degree and cost to the student and the state. It was
also the perception of the General Assembly that public higher education
was not taking adequate steps to remedy the problem.
legislature passed Public Chapter 795, Acts of 2000.
Public Chapter 795 requires the Tennessee Higher Education
Commission to work with the University of Tennessee and Tennessee
Board of Regents to:
• Create and have in place by the 2001 fall semester, a university
track program within UT and TBR consisting of sixty (60) semester
hours of instruction within each major discipline that can be
transferred and applied toward the requirements for a bachelor’s
degree, thus allowing a student who has successfully completed
the track to enter the receiving institution as a junior.
• Create an atmosphere that is conducive to transferability of credits
among Tennessee’s public colleges and universities.
• Report to the Joint Education Oversight Committee and the chairs
of the House and Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committees on
the progress made toward full articulation on October 1 of each
Office Campus Reports
Off-campus locations play a significant role within Tennessee’s higher education system. They
meet the needs of many citizens who are unable to take advantage of the services provided at
main campus locations and, in turn, serve the needs of the institution by making education
available to more students. It is the responsibility of the Tennessee Higher Education
Commission, under the purview of the State, to review and approve any new locations. The off campus locations report provides information on the location of off-campus higher education facilities throughout the state.
Profiles and Trends
T.C.A. §49-7-202 (c) (7) requires the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to “submit a biennial report to the governor and the general assembly, commenting upon major developments, trends, new policies, budgets and financial considerations which in the judgment of the commission will be useful to the governor and to the general assembly in planning for the sound and adequate development of the state's program of public higher education.”
The purpose of this report, Tennessee Higher Education Profiles and Trends, is to provide state policymakers with a brief overview of Tennessee higher education within a regional and national context. This report presents data and analyses on seven policy issues important to the state: 1) State Economy and Higher Education, 2) Student Preparation, 3) Student Participation, 4) Student Retention and Completion, 5) Finance, 6) Tuition and Financial Aid, and 7) Student Satisfaction.