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Committee of Postsecondary Educational Institutions

The General Assembly created the Committee on Postsecondary Educational Institutions through the enactment of Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-7-207. Pursuant to this statute, the Committee exercises such powers and undertakes such obligations as are delegated to it by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

The Committee regularly schedules four meetings a year. Committee members are permitted to participate in meetings by telephone.   At each of these meetings, the Committee considers new institutions, new programs, applications for Optional Expedited Authorization, and reauthorizations of existing institutions for recommendation to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  Below is a current list of application deadlines and quarterly meeting dates. From time-to-time, the Committee hears discussions on or addresses other items, such as rulemaking proceedings, on-going litigation, and legislative issues.  

There are three mandatory meetings that an institutional representative must attend (1) the Completing the Application for Initial Authorization Training, (2) the Committee meeting during which the application is presented, and (3) the Initial Authorization Training following the Committee meeting.  The Completing the Application for Initial Authorization Training must be completed prior to submitting the Application for Initial Authorization.  

The Completing the Application for Initial Authorization Training will highlight common mistakes that DPSA staff has identified when reviewing applications.  However, the training is designed to be an interactive work session.  Therefore, bringing a working copy of the applications will allow DPSA staff the opportunity to address questions the institution has about specific documents before submission.  The institutional representative will be provided a Training Attendance Form, which must be submitted with the Application for Initial Authorization.  In order to reserve a spot for the training, please email Carolyn Qualls at with the name of the prospective institution and the number of attendees.  Any application submitted without an attendance form may not be reviewed.

The Committee on Postsecondary Educational Institutions will conduct its July 9, 2020, summer quarterly meeting electronically using WebEx at 10am CDT.  The event address for attendees is or you can call (415) 655-0003 and if requested, enter the access code, 161 779 9215. As an attendee you will be muted upon entry. Depending on the way you connect to the meeting, you will be able to see and/or hear the Committee members and other participants.

The agenda includes consideration of Initial Authorization Applications, New Program Applications, Applications for Optional Expedited Authorization, and Reauthorization Applications. A detailed agenda and related materials will be posted in the below chart when available.

The Initial Authorization Training previously scheduled to follow the April 23 meeting has been postponed to July 9, 2020 following the Committee meeting. Additional information concerning the location of the July 9 meeting and training will be forthcoming.  

Completing the Application
for Initial Authorization

Date for Application

Committee Meeting Commission Meeting
              1/9/2020           1/24/2020    4/23/2020 Agenda
              3/31/2020           4/13/2020     7/9/2020 Agenda           7/23/2020
              6/30/2020           7/17/2020          10/15/2020           11/6/2020
                   TBD          10/16/2020                 TBD                TBD