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Since taking office in 2011, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has turned his state into a laboratory for policy innovation. In 2014, Tennessee became the first state to offer free tuition at a community or technical college for every graduating high-school senior. This year, it expanded that program to adults without degrees who want to go to college. Since 2012, the percentage of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential has increased from 33.3 percent to 40.7 percent. Haslam has set a goal of reaching 55 percent by 2025.
In this interview, Haslam offers insight into raising expectations, connecting education to work, and what leaders in the rest of the country can learn from Tennessee.