The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is statutorily charged with the responsibility of framing and developing a master plan for higher education in Tennessee (TCA 49-7-202). Throughout its history, the Commission has worked diligently to fulfill this responsibility through six iterations of master plans. While these plans successfully charted the course for higher education, they were based on a series of fiscal assumptions that are no longer applicable in Tennessee.
Tennessee higher education is presently faced with unprecedented challenges and must be ready to meet them. The state anticipates significant demand for enrollment growth over the next few years, both in terms of traditional and non-traditional students. Furthermore, many of the new jobs being developed in Tennessee will require a college degree, and/or training for expanding technologies.