Complete Tennessee recognizes that addressing barriers to postsecondary progress in our state will require the voices of many and the participation of all. Only then can we truly advance the state’s ambitious goal to ensure more Tennesseans have the chance to earn a degree or credential that will open the doors to increased economic mobility, enhanced community engagement, and a better quality of life.
To help mobilize Tennesseans in support of the state’s postsecondary goals, Complete Tennessee has launched a new College Completion Communities initiative. The pilot program will engage local communities in developing thoughtful strategies that will help increase higher education attainment and address Tennessee’s postsecondary completion challenges.
College Completion Community Pilot Counties
The map below denotes counties participating in the College Completion Communities initiative and each community’s combined average postsecondary attainment rate.
College Completion Community Strategy
Engage Local Communities | Building a Completion Council
Complete Tennessee will help local leaders and education stakeholders develop thoughtful plans to improve postsecondary access and completion. These community advocates will form a Completion Council, comprised of educators, chamber of commerce members, business and community leaders, and elected officials, to lead in the development and implementation of a Completion Plan of Action.
Develop Thoughtful Strategies | Crafting a Completion Plan of Action
The local Completion Council will develop a targeted three-year Completion Plan of Action focused on addressing the greatest barriers to postsecondary attainment in their community. The Completion Plan of Action must serve a diverse population of students and community members while engaging educators, industry leaders, and elected officials in the plan’s development, implementation, and evaluation.
Increase Attainment | Addressing Tennessee’s Postsecondary Challenges
Each Council’s Completion Plan of Action must be designed to address at least two of the following priority issues that Complete Tennessee has identified as opportunities to improve the state’s postsecondary attainment challenges: