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Tennessee Promise Program Gives More Tennesseans College Opportunities, But Changes Could Improve Results

An evaluation by the TN Comptroller’s Office shows a large percentage of high school graduates are attending college as a result of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program.
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The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has completed an extensive evaluation of the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program, which was created by the General Assembly in 2014 to give more high school graduates an opportunity to earn an associate degree or technical diploma.

Research by the Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) shows that a larger percentage of recent high school graduates are attending college as a result of the program. Tennessee’s college-going rate increased from 58.4 percent to 64.3 percent in the first year of the program.

Additionally, Tennessee Promise students are accumulating more college credits, staying enrolled longer, and earning post-secondary credentials at higher rates than their peers. In fact, Promise recipients at community colleges are more than twice as likely to earn a credential when…

For the complete story, see the July 29th edition of The Lexington Progress.

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