Following the Regional Legislative Breakfast held in Kingsport on Friday morning, Northeast State hosted a Legislative Update session at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. President Dr. Janice Gilliam welcomed state Reps. Matthew Hill of District 3 and John Crawford of District 1 as well as Joshua Russell representing Rep. Bud Hulsey of District 2.
Also attending the update were Lana Moore, field representative for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, Jill Salyers, field representative for Sen. Bob Corker, and John Abe Teague, representing Congressman Phil Roe.
Northeast State administrators briefed legislators about the College’s success since being named as one of eight state service providers for Adult Education services, the ongoing digital textbook project aimed to cut costs for students, and the future Emerging Technologies facility to be constructed on the Blountville campus.
Ginger Hausser, director of External Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), addressed upcoming budget and legislative issues pertaining to higher education. The upcoming legislative session will include state appropriation recommendations for TBR institutions based on each institution’s performance outcomes.
Performance outcomes measure an institution’s accomplishments in categories including students accumulating 12 credit hours, dual enrollment, associate degrees awarded, 1-2 year certificates awarded, and job placement among others. Northeast State has ranked first or second in performance outcomes among two-year TBR institutions in three of the past four years.
Legislators return to Nashville on Jan. 30 when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes.