Tennessee Educators Seek to Improve College Completion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s higher education leaders are strategizing about how to help more students finish college.

Educators from several in-state institutions and abroad gathered in Franklin this week to attend the Tennessee College Completion Academy.

The two-day meeting, which ended Tuesday, is a result of legislation passed last year called the Complete College Tennessee Act that challenges the state’s colleges and universities to nearly double by 2020 the number of degrees they are granting.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says the academy exposes educators to best practices around the country and strategies other institutions have used to make a difference in terms of student success.

Gov. Bill Haslam spoke to the group on Tuesday. He said he didn’t want to just help more students attend college but also to finish.