Vanderbilt University Medical Center is preparing to outsource a portion of its tech support services to Dell. The two organizations have entered into talks that would have a large number of VUMC IT employees — more than the number that will stay at the hospital — transition to Dell. Another unspecified number of VUMC jobs will be eliminated.
“The terms we are negotiating with Dell exceed industry standards in terms of pay, benefits, job security and career paths, which speaks to the commitment we both have to ensuring the best possible future for our colleagues in these roles,” said Vice Chancellor for Information Technology John Lutz.
The entities' partnership is on track to start in June, with the majority of Dell staffers remaining based at VUMC.
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Gov. Bill Haslam is giving a little on his free community college plan after negotiating with four-year colleges and universities concerned about lowering amount of the HOPE Scholarship.
“To say we don’t still have some concerns would not be accurate,” said Claude Pressnell, president of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association, in an email to the Post. He and leaders at four-year schools have expressed concern that the Tennessee Promise plan offering last-dollar scholarships for graduating high schoolers to attend two-year community colleges or technical schools would discourage attendance at four-year institutions.
Students can now qualify for a $4,000 scholarship for up to four years if they meet benchmarks for good grades or ACT scores. Under a version of Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed Tennessee Promise that advanced from the House Education Committee Tuesday, the scholarships will now total $3,500 for each of the first two years a student attends a four-year college or university and $4,500 awards for the second two years.
The governor’s original proposal set the HOPE Scholarship at $3,000 for the first two years and $5,000 for the second two.
“We will be watching the impact of the TN Promise and the change in the lottery scholarship amounts over the years to come," said Pressnell. "Our member colleges and universities do an incredible job of making college affordable with as little debt as possible. We want to make sure that all students make the right college choice so that they can be most successful in college and best prepared for a lifetime. This is the most important investment of time and resources that a person makes in a lifetime. Students and families shouldn’t simply settle for an academic path based on price.”
The bill now heads to the House Government Operations Commission and faces a hearing in the Senate Education Committee Wednesday.
Belmont University has secured a permit for construction of a 398,000-square-foot underground parking garage to be accessed via 15th Avenue South. The 1,040-space garage also will be the foundation for an academic and dining services building to be located adjacent to the university’s Baskin Center School of Law Building. R.C. Mathews Contractor LLC has the permit, valued at about $34.2 million.
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The latest U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools ranking has Vanderbilt Law School tied for 16th in the country with UCLA. That's down a spot from 2013 but right in line with where the school has scored over the past five years. The University of Tennessee School of Law, however, slipped to 72nd from 61st last year.
Also landing on U.S. News' top 25 lists for Vanderbilt are the Owen Graduate School of Management, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development and its School of Medicine. The engineering school also did well, climbing to its highest-ever spot. Here's VU's release.
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