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FOCUS Act

The FOCUS Act supports Tennessee’s ambitious education attainment goals by ensuring that our higher education institutions and systems can best support the needs of our students.

The Act provides greater autonomy for universities in pursuit of innovation and differentiation, while allowing the Board of Regents to sharpen its attention on technical and community college success.  At the core of FOCUS is a belief that increasing the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential demands increased agility on the part of the six TBR universities, with an understanding that this nimbler approach must be deployed within the broader context of the State’s higher education policy agenda. 

THEC leadership has met with leadership teams from the systems and universities to identify and plan for implementation of the Act.   In addition to longstanding responsibilities, THEC’s role will be to provide institutions and systems with guidance and professional development. 

For institutions or board members that have questions regarding the FOCUS Act, please contact THEC’s Director of Institution and Board Affairs Lauren Collier at lauren.collier@tn.gov or 615-532-9523.


  • Information on the FOCUS Act

    The passage of the Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act during the 2016 legislative session represents a pivotal moment for higher education in Tennessee. The Act provides greater autonomy for universities in pursuit of innovation and differentiation, while allowing the Board of Regents to sharpen its attention on technical and community college success. 

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  • Campus System Links

    Links to system and campus websites regarding the FOCUS Act are provided.

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  • New Board Orientation and Training

    The FOCUS Act requires new board members to be trained before undertaking the duties of university governance.  For the newly confirmed LGIs, THEC is coordinating training in partnership with university staff and the Association of Governing Boards.

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