Focal points include healthy aging, livable communities and family caregivers.
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of the Task Force on Aging, a group charged with creating a plan to improve the lives and care of older Tennesseans and their families through a collaboration of public, private and nonprofit leaders.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 14 percent of Tennesseans are 65 years of age or older, and the national average is 13.7 percent. Tennessee’s number is expected to grow to more than 22 percent by 2020.
Haslam has asked the task force to focus on three areas: promoting healthy aging; creating livable communities; and supporting family caregivers.
“I want to thank the task force and all those involved for dedicating their time and effort to improving the lives of others,” Haslam said. “The Task Force on Aging will develop a strategic plan, drawing on the public, private and non-profit sectors to better meet the needs of older Tennesseans and their families, now and into the future.”
Lipscomb University’s Charla Long, Dean of the College of Professional Studies and The School of TransformAging, will chair the 11-member task force. The remaining members are:
- Mike Carpenter, Executive Director, Plough Foundation
- Rev. Richard H. Gentzler Jr., D.Min., Former Director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries, GBOD-UMC
- Rebecca B. Kelly, State Director, AARP Tennessee
- Patti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner, Chief of Long Term Services and Supports, TennCare
- Ben Leedle, President and CEO, Healthways
- Michelle J. Long, J.D., Assistant Commissioner of Health Licensure and Regulation, Tennessee Department of Health
- Anna-Gene O’Neal, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., President and CEO, Alive Hospice
- Madeline Rogero, Mayor, City of Knoxville
- Jim Shulman, Executive Director, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
- Beth Tipps, Deputy Director of Policy and Research, Governor’s Office
The task force will hold its first meeting in September.
Lipscomb University has launched a program to help area employers identify “proficient and ethical future employees” as well as strengthen the skills of current workers.
Lipscomb’s recently unveiled CORE (Customized, Outcome-based, Relevant Evaluation) Competency Assessment and Development Center offers the new program, which is tied to the nationally recognized Polaris competency assessment model that identifies and rates an individual’s key competencies. The information can be used in hiring, in personnel management and in scoping out an effective program for individuals returning to finish undergraduate studies and earn graduate degrees, according to Charla Long, dean of the LU College of Professional Students.
“Through this new program, we offer a method of helping employers identify competency gaps in their employees and customizing an individualized plan of action to help fill those gaps,” Long (pictured) said in a release. “This helps the employee become a stronger, more skilled individual and helps the organization develop a workforce that meets its needs. It can also be used by graduates to help a potential employer further interpret a potential employee’s best skills, an evaluation that is difficult if not impossible using traditional GPA and grades in a given course.”
Lipscomb officials are billing the university as the only in the nation to adapt the full competency assessment to higher education, both for incoming and graduating students. It has been widely used by human resources departments in major corporations across the country for 35 years, LU said. Companies already utilizing the system include, among others, Nike, PetSmart, Disney, Mars and Wendy’s.
Lipscomb University announced Monday it will offer adults who have attended college but not completed a bachelor’s degree the opportunity a chance to complete course work for the degree at a tuition equal to that of when they were previously enrolled in college.
“Lipscomb University wants to make a college education more accessible by helping students overcome the obstacles that often get in the way of completing a bachelor’s degree,” Charla Long, dean of the LU College of Professional Studies, said in release. “Barriers to pursing a college education range from the cost as well as a fear of failure and wondering if they can add one more thing to their already full plate with a job, family and other activities. We want to give people the opportunity to prove it to themselves that they can complete their degrees by testing the waters with a financial break on tuition for their first semester back in school.”
LU is calling the initiative the Turn Back Tuition Program.
Eligible students will pay the Lipscomb Adult Degree Program tuition price at the time they last attended college. The tuition reduction will be in effect for the first semester that a student is enrolled. (Additional institutional aid is not applicable during the semester students are enrolled in the Turn Back Tuition program, but other financial aid and grants may apply.) Students can take coursework from majors including management, education, business, psychology, social work and law justice and society among others.
To participate in the program, an individual must:
* Have graduated from high school in 2008 or earlier or cannot have attended college in the past four years;
* Meet the current admissions entrance criteria:
* Submit academic transcripts;
* Not have been admitted for Lipscomb’s fall semester 2012 prior to June 10, 2012;
* Enroll for a minimum of six credit hours and no more than 12 credit hours; and
* Pursue a bachelor’s degree.
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