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University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro

The state announced Monday that a proposed plan to outsource some jobs on college campuses would move forward after a second report found the strategy could save more than $35 million per year.

The findings, which were part of a third-party review of Gov. Bill Haslam's outsourcing proposal, reinforce the state's assertion that the plan could lead to tens of millions in savings. College leaders, some of whom had previously questioned the state's projections, praised the third-party review in a joint statement released by the Haslam administration.

"We appreciate the work the state has done to make this a thorough review process," University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro said in the statement. DiPietro also echoed his previous comments on the matter, saying that each of the campuses in the UT system would have a chance to review outsourcing options "to make their own decisions on whether to opt-in based on what is best for them."

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