Haslam: No matter background, Tennesseans can get free college

Gov. Bill Haslam returned Wednesday to one of the campuses that reaped the greatest benefits of his Tennessee Promise plan, signing into law a new bill that will allow any adult resident to return to college or attend for the first time for free. Since Haslam signed Tennessee Promise into law in 2014, attendance at Motlow State Community […]

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Tuition-free community college to become the norm in Tennessee as bill heads to Haslam

Tennessee will become the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free community college to nearly every resident without a degree. State lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval for Gov. Bill Haslam’s landmark plan, which would allow any adult resident of Tennessee without a college degree to get one at a community college without paying tuition. It now goes […]

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Tennessee makes community college free for all adults

Lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday that will expand the Tennessee Promise program that launched in 2014. It made tuition and fees free for recent high school graduates enrolled in a community college or technical school. Now, adults who don’t already have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree can go for free, too, starting in the 2018 fall semester. Governor […]

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Tennessee college work sets a national example, report says

Tennessee’s campaign to boost college success has made it a national education leader, according to a new report from Ivy League researchers, but the researchers warned that several problems stood in the way of unqualified success. The report released Tuesday by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education tracked the progress made by Republican and Democratic governors […]

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Tennessee Promise grows enrollment, has 63 percent retention rate

Sixty-three percent of students who enrolled in college for the first time in the fall of 2015 through the Tennessee Promise program re-enrolled in fall of 2016, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The program, launched in 2014, was the first in the nation to provide two years of free community college or technical […]

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New free tuition plan spurs another shift for Tennessee colleges

Three years after he transformed the state’s college landscape with Tennessee Promise, Gov. Bill Haslam is poised to change the game again. During his annual State of the State address Monday night, Haslam sent shock waves through the academic community by announcing his plan to open community colleges to millions of adult students tuition-free. It’s a simple […]

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Editorial: Tennessee Reconnect puts college in reach of adult students

Tennessee is poised to take a step forward in educational achievement with implementation of Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to offer tuition-free community college access to adults as well as recent high school graduates. The governor’s Tennessee Reconnect Act would build on the Tennessee Promise scholarship program for high school graduates as well as the TCAT Reconnect scholarship […]

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Haslam outlines tuition-free community college plan for adults

In a surprise announcement during his State of the State address Monday, Gov. Bill Haslam outlined a plan to expand the Tennessee Promise scholarship model to allow adults to attend community college tuition-free. The new scholarship, which will come before the General Assembly this year in the Tennessee Reconnect Act, is likely to further cement Haslam’s national […]

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Randy Boyd: Skilled workers, education are TN focus

The state’s head of economic and community development spoke to Dickson business leaders last week about Tennessee job market trends and the skills and education needed to fill those jobs. Randy Boyd, founder of Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corp. that produces thousands of pet products such as Invisible Fence and PetSafe, started in his position as […]

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