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Developing a Statewide College Completion Agenda: Lessons From Tennessee

Tennessee has gained national recognition for its comprehensive strategy to increase college attainment.
This report describes the development and expansion of Tennessee’s completion agenda through a set of related and interlocking policies designed to produce a statewide culture of college completion, as well as the evolution of Tennessee’s completion strategy and points to important successes.

It also identifies several enduring challenges that threaten the state’s capacity to bridge equity gaps and make college completion a reality for traditionally underserved students.

This report is based on four years of research examining postsecondary policies in Tennessee between 2015 and 2019.