About THEC/TSAC: Formed in 1967, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission is the state’s higher education coordinating board and is responsible for an array of duties under TCA 49-7-202:
- Administration of the outcomes-based funding formula
- Approval of all new academic degree programs
- Development of the state master plan for higher education
- Serving as the hub for postsecondary data analysis and research
- Authorization and regulation of proprietary institutions
- Serving as the state approving agency for veteran education benefits
Board Composition: The Commission is composed of nine voting members appointed from the general public, each serving six-year terms and representing the Grand Divisions of the State equally; three members are appointed by the General Assembly and the state Constitutional Officers serve as ex-officio voting members (Comptroller of the Treasury, State Treasurer, and Secretary of State). Additionally, one voting student member serves a one-year term and the Executive Director of the State Board of Education serves as an ex-officio non-voting member.