Haslam makes case as education governor

In October 2011, when I first met Gov. Bill Haslam, at a Books from Birth fundraiser (long before I joined The Tennessean), he told me that his goal was to be known as an “education governor.” Reading Adam Tamburin’s story in Monday’s The Tennessean brought home how effectively the governor has been in pursuing that […]

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Excitement, angst remain for Tennessee Promise

Last in a year-long series. Confidence has always come easily for Tahj Turnley. For almost a year, the 18-year-old has told The Tennessean about his ambitious plans to become a mechanical engineer and establish a lucrative career. But as he neared the end of his first term at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Hohenwald campus in Spring Hill, he acknowledged […]

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Next goal for Haslam: Put more adults in college

As Tennessee Promise reaches the end of its first full year, Gov. Bill Haslam is turning toward a new college challenge that he said would be even more complicated. In January the state will launch an advertising campaign and publicity tour to promote the Reconnect and Complete initiative to attract adults onto college campuses. It’s another part of the governor’s Drive to 55, […]

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Haslam says community colleges spurred new plan

By Richard Locker of The Commercial Appeal NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam told members of the Tennessee Board of Regents on Thursday that his plan to carve out TBR’s six universities and create new governing boards for each of them was prompted by need to focus attention separately on the state’s community colleges and the […]

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Promise Provides Enrollment Boost

Tennessee Promise drives dramatic increases in freshman enrollments at the state’s two-year institutions. by Ashley A. Smith In Tennessee, officials now have a clearer picture of the impact of the country’s first statewide, free two-year college program. For more than a year state officials, with money and rhetoric, have been encouraging high school seniors to […]

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Communication, Course Offerings Key to Vol State’s Growth

Dessislava Yankova, The Tennessean Offering more programs geared toward in-demand jobs is one way Volunteer State Community College  could improve over the next five years, business and community leaders say. Vol State held a community input meeting Tuesday as part of its five-year development plan. While the college offers a strong educational base, Forward Sumner President Jimmy Johnston said, the […]

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Tennessee Promise Student: ‘You’ve Got to Grow Up’

Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean Justin Short couldn’t sleep. After 3 a.m. on Aug. 24, a few hours before the Kingsport teenager started classes at Northeast State Community College, he hopped into his SUV and drove to Walmart in search of last-minute supplies and a distraction from the pit in his stomach. A month later, those […]

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Tennessee Should Be Proud of its Promise

Frank Daniels III, The Tennessean I imagine that some days Gov. Bill Haslam, who has the financial security to forego his pay, has to wonder, “Now, why did I want to be governor?” Like the soon-to-be-former Speaker of the House John Boehner, Haslam’s wonderment is most often spurred by “friends” in his own party who have regularly […]

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Second Group of Students Opt In for Reverse Transfer Degrees

MJ Slaby, Knoxville News Sentinel An email appeared in Laurie Wyatt’s inbox this summer saying she might have earned an associate’s degree. “I looked at it and thought, that kind of looks too good to be true,” said the now University of Tennessee senior. The email was from Tennessee Reverse Transfer, which helps students who […]

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Haslam Eyes New Challenges at Higher Ed Summit

Adam Tamburin, The Tennessean Dozens of college leaders converged Monday in Nashville to confront a wide array of challenges facing the state as Tennessee Promise and other initiatives pump thousands of students onto campus. Gov. Bill Haslam turned to leaders repeatedly with open-ended questions about tuition, dropout rates and adult education. The three-hour Drive to 55 Summit borrowed […]

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