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.
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...
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.
Leadership development is critical to our mission at Complete Tennessee. It is important to our efforts to build community advocates and increase local accountability. In order to sustain community support for the state’s completion agenda, the Complete Tennessee Leadership Academy (CTLA) has begun developing champions of higher education and fostering cross-sector collaboration.