In the Door, and Then Out
Paul Bradley, Community College Week
Since at least 2010, Tennessee has commanded national attention and acclaim for its groundbreaking work in improving access to college. The state's Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which covers tuition for two years at the state's community and technical colleges for recent high school graduates, has persuaded thousands of residents to enroll in college. A second program, Tennessee Reconnect, is aimed at adult learners.
Less publicized, but perhaps more important, are the efforts by the state’s community colleges to help more students, including all those newcomers, earn a college credential. Tennessee’s 13 community colleges are defining pathways that lead to degrees or careers, improving advising, and allowing students to take both remedial and college-level courses at the same time.