Tennessee is making dramatic progress in higher education through the Drive to 55, and the Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act, sponsored by Senator Mark Norris and Representative Ryan Williams, is the next step. According to the sponsors, the initiatives create local boards for the four-year state universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system (Austin Peay, ETSU, MTSU, TSU, Tennessee Tech and the University of Memphis), enhances TBR’s ability to focus on the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 technical schools, and strengthens the role of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to provide greater coordination across the state, including capital project management, institutional mission approval and higher education finance strategy. Gov. Bill Haslam said he is committed to creating every opportunity we can for students in Tennessee to get post-secondary degrees and enter the workforce with good jobs and good pay. The FOCUS Act is a major step in that process.