Executive Summary – December 2018 Quarterly Meeting
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Employer and Alumni Survey Report for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology
On an annual basis, the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology survey students and
employers to assess the effectiveness and relevance of each technical program. These
“satisfaction surveys” provide valuable data useful in the evaluation of program content and
curriculum, delivery of instruction, development of appropriate technical skills and worker
characteristics essential for success in today’s workplace.
The review of external perceptions or survey results, coupled with advisory board conversations,
enable the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology to continuously improve the occupational
programs and student services that significantly impact the economies served by our institutions.
For the 2016-17 survey cohort, alumni rated program preparation for employment “Satisfactory”
or above in 96% of the weighted responses. Employers rated student performance “Satisfactory”
or above in 96% of the weighted responses.
There were approximately 7,345 graduates during the 2016-17 academic year available for job
placement. A total of 6,444 graduates were placed in employment for an overall placement rate
of 88%, which is a 1% increase over the previous year. The results of the alumni and employer
surveys will be shared with the Board.
External Affairs Update
a. Legislative Priorities
Vice Chancellor McCormick will recap an overview of the 2019 Legislative Priorities. These
priorities were input from TBR System Leadership and TBR Presidents. The Department of
Government Relations in the Office of External Affairs will advocate on behalf of TBR to the
members of the Tennessee General Assembly. Legislative session will begin January 8, 2019.
The Legislative Priorities are: (1) secure formula, capital outlay, and equipment funding requests;
(2) ensure the statewide safety and campus security of TBR's 110,000+ students; (3) support
efforts to expand college access to all Tennessee high school graduates; (4) ensure that system
institutions are afforded the flexibility to be nimble in response to the continually evolving
educational demands required for student success; and (5) continue to thrive and grow as the
workforce development arm of Tennessee’s Economic and Community Development efforts.
Vice Chancellor McCormick will provide an overview of the TBR institutions legislative events
held during the 2018-2019 academic year.
b. Advancement Report
Vice Chancellor McCormick will provide an Advancement Report including the presentation of
the 2017-18 Foundation Report of Community Colleges and TCAT’s, as well as provide an
update on the planning activities for the TBR Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition
(SOAR) event to be held March 19-20, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. The local, regional, and
statewide student, faculty, and staff competition events will be detailed including the culmination
recognition awards event.
Other Systemwide activities held during this event will be outlined including the TBR Legislative
Day on the Hill. A schedule of events will be disseminated to the committee members.