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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...