It is often said that all good things must come to an end. At Complete Tennessee, we disagree. While the end of April did mark the culmination of the inaugural cohort’s Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA) experience, we are confident the incredible work they are doing to support college completion will continue throughout their careers. We witnessed this commitment throughout CTLA, but even more so at the closing retreat at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
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.
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 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.
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...
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...
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.
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.