This document is about the role higher education will play in the future of Tennessee’s economy. As emerging technologies have created a pace of change faster than at any time in history, navigating this challenge requires the full commitment of our colleges and universities. Tennessee’s public campuses possess unmatched intellectual capabilities, enduring community ties, and world-class research capacity unmatched by any other entity in this state. It is critical, therefore, that there is a roadmap for postsecondary engagement in the crucial task of shoring up the state economy where it is already strong, and building new capacity where it is needed. This update to the 2015-2025 Tennessee Higher Education Master Plan intends to serve as that guide.
Strategic Financial Plan
The Strategic Financial Plan (SFP) serves as the fiscal reinforcement to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s mission to “increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential” by offering a financial vision, multiple strategies, and supporting tactics to achieve that goal. Specifically, to increase access to higher education, the plan envisions Tennessee to be the most affordable state in the south for higher education by identifying strategic pillars that focus on reducing the student financial burden and promoting operating efficiency and stability.