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Committee on Postsecondary Educational Institutions

GENERAL INFORMATION                                                                                                                                                                           

The General Assembly created the Committee on Postsecondary Educational Institutions (CPEI) 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 or WebEx.   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. The Committee also hears discussions on or addresses other items, such as rulemaking proceedings, on-going litigation, and legislative issues, as applicable.  

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.     

COMPLETING THE APPICATION 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.

CPEI MEETING                                                                                                                                                                                                           

The CPEI will conduct its Summer quarterly meeting on Thursday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m. CST/CDT. The meeting will take place at Tennessee State University (TSU), Avon Williams Campus (Downtown), Room 200.  The address is 330 10th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.  Any member of the public may attend the meeting. Please note that TSU requires those entering the building to wear a face mask and have their temperature taken.

The agenda includes consideration of Initial Authorization Applications, New Program Applications, Applications for Optional Expedited Authorization, and Reauthorization Applications. A hyperlink to a detailed agenda is available in the below chart.

INITIAL AUTHORIZATION TRAINING                                                                                                                                                               

The Initial Authorization Training will begin at 11:00 a.m. CST/CDT.  New institutions considered during the July 8 meeting will receive an email regarding the training. If you have not received an email by July 5, or if you cannot attend or have other logistical questions, please contact Carolyn Qualls at or via telephone at (615) 253-6289.

If you are a currently authorized institution and wish to attend the training, please send a an email to Carolyn Qualls at  Please ensure that the email includes the name of the institution and the names and email addresses of each attendee.

Completing the Application
for Initial Authorization

Application Due Dates

Committee Meeting Commission Meeting
              09/29/2020          10/16/2020    1/14/2021 Agenda           01/28/2021
              01/19/2021           02/05/2021    05/06/2021 Agenda
              03/23/2021           04/09/2021    07/08/2021 Agenda           07/22/2021
              07/19/2021           08/06/2021           11/04/2021           11/18/2021
              09/28/2021          10/15/2021            01/13/2022           01/28/2022
              01/05/2022           01/21/2022            04/21/2022           05/19/2022