Gov. Bill Haslam will host a summit on higher education today at the Tennessee Residence.
Experts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce and the University of Washington will present today at a three-hour meeting in the governor's mansion's Conservation Hall.
Each presentation will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session. The event is scheduled to conclude at 2 p.m.
House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley, criticized the summit, saying Democrats had been excluded.
"While I commend Governor Bill Haslam on beginning a review of higher education, I am disappointed that he has chosen to do so in a partisan manner," he said in a statement. "When it comes to higher education, we need a diversity of opinions -- not the party line."
Haslam has said that he plans to address rising tuition costs and college effectiveness this fall. The governor's office says he will offer a review of post-secondary education at the end of the event.