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ERIC Number: ED522326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Up 2004: The State Report Card on Higher Education. Tennessee
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
This state report card is derived from "Measuring Up 2004," the national report card for higher education. Its purpose is to provide the public and policymakers with information to assess and improve postsecondary education in each state. "Measuring Up 2004" is the third in a series of biennial report cards. The report card grades states in six overall performance categories: (1) Preparation: How adequately are students in each state being prepared for education and training beyond high school?; (2) Participation: Do state residents have sufficient opportunities to enroll in education and training beyond high school?; (3) Affordability: How affordable is higher education for students and their families?; (4) Completion: Do students make progress toward and complete their certificates and degrees in a timely manner?; (5) Benefits: What benefits does the state receive as a result of having a highly educated population?; and (6) Learning: What is known about student learning as a result of education and training beyond high school? Findings for Tennessee include: (1) Over the past decade, Tennessee has made notable improvement in preparing students to succeed in college. Despite that improvement, Tennessee lags behind many other states and receives a C- in preparation this year; (2) Tennessee has shown improvement in enrolling students in higher education over the past decade. This year, however, Tennessee receives a C- in participation because other states performed better; (3) Tennessee has made no notable progress over the past decade in providing affordable higher education opportunities. This year Tennessee is one of many states to receive an F in affordability; (4) Despite substantial improvement over the past decade, Tennessee struggles to perform well in the proportion of students earning a certificate or degree in a timely manner. This year Tennessee receives a C+ in completion; (5) Over the past decade, Tennessee has garnered greater benefits from having a more highly educated population. Despite that improvement, Tennessee receives a C in benefits this year; and (6) Like most states, Tennessee received an Incomplete in learning because there are no comparable data that would allow for meaningful state-by-state comparisons in learning. This report also includes additional information, questions and answers, state grades, and "Measuring Up 2004" resources. [For "Measuring Up 2004: The National Report Card on Higher Education," see ED508096.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee