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Haslam Opens Higher Ed Talking Times

Gov. Bill Haslam Tuesday began a round of talks about higher education that, he said, may eventually lead to an infusion of more state funding and some restructuring of operations at the University of Tennessee and the Board of Regents systems.
But the governor told academic and business officials at the initial gathering that he sees a need for “measuring the quality of output by higher education,” especially as it applies producing graduates for available jobs, and for making the system more cost-efficient.
Haslam said he next plans seven regional “roundtable” discussions and will then decide whether to propose a package of legislation to the General Assembly in 2013. It may well be, he said, that most changes can be accomplished through administrative actions and the process will continue for “two or three years.”
The first focus, he said, is asking business, “What are you not getting from us that you need?” and collecting answers with the goal of making colleges better able to prepare graduates for jobs. That could include stepped-up counseling of students, he and others said.

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TVA Giving State $26M for Energy Efficiency

More than $26 million in TVA settlement funds will help the state buy electric cars and rework several buildings to reduce energy costs and air pollution, reports The Tennessean.
A new Clean Tennessee Energy Grant Program, also, is available to local governments, businesses and other groups for amounts of up to $250,000.
“Increasing energy efficiency in state government will help us be even better stewards of both taxpayer dollars and our environment,” Gov. Bill Haslam said in an emailed announcement Wednesday
. “These projects will benefit Tennesseans on both fronts, and I look forward to implementing additional projects as we move forward.”
The funding comes from a Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority last April that ended a series of lawsuits over pollution from its coal-burning power plants. Tennessee will receive about $5.25 million a year for five years. In the first year, $2.25 million will go for air quality grants, and $3 million will pay for energy efficiency projects in state government.