With the final passage of the Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act which was signed into law on April 19, 2016, state universities within Tennessee are heading for major transitions in governance structure and autonomy. With changes moving at a speed atypical of higher education, these six soon-to-be former Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities must determine the best way to proceed from the current governance structure to a localized governing board while considering the future direction of the institution. Drawing on historical precedents and current policy changes, recommendations are made to the six universities for future governance structure, appointment of the board, and proposed future directions and policy discussions for the institutions
Barber, Jennifer H.; Chesley, Colin G.; and Flora, Bethany H.. 2016. Impacts of the FOCUS Act on Governance in Tennessee Higher Education Institutions. Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education. Vol.12(2). 33-47.