About Complete Tennessee

Complete Tennessee will begin our strategy for community engagement by holding a series of regional listening tours. It is our belief that higher levels of degree attainment is a goal all Tennesseans can embrace. However, we believe this goal is best executed through a localized context, ensuring community values remain central to this statewide effort.

The feedback from these sessions will inform our work at Complete Tennessee to develop a formal completion strategy for the communities we will work with over the next few years. The community completion strategy along with other reports will guide our framework for advocacy and accountability, in order to highlight areas in need of immediate attention necessary for meaningful local and statewide progress.

In addition to our strategies for engagement, advocacy, and accountability, we believe leadership development opportunities are essential to long-term support of Tennessee's goal for degree attainment. Leadership development is useful to every stakeholder involved in supporting student success. We have begun this strategy with a dynamic group of leaders across the state, currently leading change in all areas of the completion pipeline, from secondary education to job placement. In the near future, our goal is to expand these leadership development opportunities to more focused areas in the completion pipeline.

Finally, Complete Tennessee's strategy for innovation will serve as our primary channel to develop signature programs and solutions to improve completion rates, which will be informed by all the earlier mentioned strategies.

As we begin to collect the information and ideas useful to supporting innovation along the student success pipeline, your input and thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Our preliminary conversations with community members and organizations have revealed a wealth of innovative ideas in need of consideration. We want to cultivate these conversations to aid the development of high impact programs and solutions.

There is much ground to cover between the current realities of degree attainment in the Volunteer State and our aspirations for the future of Tennesseans in 2025. Other states are closely watching how forward-thinking public policy matches up to measurable outcomes in Tennessee. The internal and external attention on the state's completion goal is one of many reasons why an organization like Complete Tennessee is essential to sustaining and expanding the energy the state has directed toward the educational pipeline.

The Complete Tennessee team is eager to begin the work necessary for substantial transformation. Our Board of Directors has masterfully crafted a scope and mission to address the reasons why Complete Tennessee will have immediate value to the state's completion agenda. Our Steering Committee has helped guide the strategic focus to ensure future plans align with the needs of stakeholders along the completion pipeline. Now the journey begins to act upon the guidance of our Board and Steering Committee.

We look forward to the conversations, collaborations, and actions that will help carry out the Complete Tennessee mission.