State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Looking Back on April at the End of the Listening Tour

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Looking Back on April at the End of the Listening Tour

The Complete Tennessee team wrapped up the State of Higher Education in Tennessee 2017 Listening Tour in April with roundtable events in the Memphis Delta and Northern Middle Regions. These events marked the continuation of our fact-finding mission in each of Tennessee’s nine economic regions, the culmination of our first major community engagement campaign, and a moment of reflection before moving forward with the work to increase postsecondary completion in our state.

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Looking Back on March

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Looking Back on March

Complete Tennessee continued the State of Higher Education Listening Tour with March roundtables in Northeast and Southeast Tennessee.  These roundtable events aimed to identify challenges and opportunities facing college and university completion. The roundtables also brought us two steps closer to our goal of meeting with stakeholders in all 9 Tennessee Economic and Community Development Regions.

While both in the east, the story of completion in these regions was unique...

Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy: Community Ownership of Attainment Goals

Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy: Community Ownership of Attainment Goals

Complete Tennessee pushes to increase local ownership of the state’s Drive to 55 goals in order to boost overall postsecondary attainment—and quality of life—in Tennessee.  For the fourth session of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA), we exposed participants to initiatives in southeast Tennessee that highlight the power of on-the-ground engagement within one’s community.

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Lessons from the Upper Cumberland Roundtable

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Lessons from the Upper Cumberland Roundtable

The Upper Cumberland region remains a special place for me. Throughout my professional career in higher education, I have learned much about community-driven leadership from my colleagues and friends in the area. The roundtable Complete Tennessee held in Cookeville last week was one of the most in-depth and constructive conversations from the listening tour. It reinforced my appreciation for the region’s commitment to improving the lives of students, despite great challenges.

Three especially important issues were raised during our discussion that may resonate with many communities in Tennessee...

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Looking back on February

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Looking back on February

February was a busy month for Complete Tennessee! We continued our State of Higher Education Listening Tour with roundtables in three diverse regions of Tennessee.  While a goal of the tour is to identify issues that affect college completion, we also know every community is different. That’s why we want to highlight challenges unique to each area and help communities develop localized strategies to improve student outcomes. After all, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for raising graduation rates.

Here are the highlights from the three regions we visited in February...

Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy: Building Our Future Workforce

Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy: Building Our Future Workforce

Tennessee strives to be a national leader in connecting our postsecondary education opportunities to workforce demands.  The third session of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA), held in Nashville in January 2017, examined practices and policies helping drive innovation both in Northern Middle Tennessee and across the state.

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Lessons from the Northwest Roundtable

State of Higher Education in Tennessee | 2017 Listening Tour: Lessons from the Northwest Roundtable

Last week, we kicked off our State of Higher Education in Tennessee 2017 Listening Tour with the first in a series of nine roundtable discussions. This marks the start of an ongoing dialogue and partnership with communities across the state, with the State of Higher Education in Tennessee report as the central theme for the conversation. Our first roundtable in the Northwest region highlighted the many reasons we believe improving degree attainment in the state should be driven by communities.

Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy: The Student Experience

Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy: The Student Experience

Students Come First is a central value agreed upon by Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA) participants. For the second CTLA session, which took place in Knoxville in early November 2016, this value was front and center.