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ERIC Number: ED594538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 88
Abstractor: ERIC
Tennessee Higher Education Adult Student Fact Book: 2016-2017
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
In January 2010, the General Assembly passed the Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA), a comprehensive reform agenda seeking to transform public higher education through changes in academic, fiscal and administrative policies at the state and institutional levels. While the higher education landscape has been shaped by the CCTA, higher education has evolved to adopt Governor Bill Haslam's statewide reform agenda, collectively known as the "Drive to 55." The success of this goal relies largely on the recruitment, retention, and completion of adults in higher education. Tennessee Reconnect, the adult-focused efforts of the Drive to 55, works to engage the over 900,000 Tennessee adults over 25 who have some college but have not completed their degree, and the 1.4 million Tennesseans over 25 with only a high school degree. Beyond meeting baseline metrics for labor market demand, state-level initiatives ensure that post secondary education is a viable option for any adult Tennessean who chooses to pursue it. This is accomplished by: (1) providing research for building a policy framework; (2) coordinating community and regional initiatives; (3) developing and leveraging employer and workforce partnerships; (4) supporting and building capacity within institutions to serve adults more effectively; and (5) supporting and reaching out to adult learners. In order to more deeply understand and illustrate the importance and condition of adult learners in Tennessee higher education, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) must analyze and report the data available. In 2015, THEC released the first edition of this THEC Fact Book focused solely on adult learners to provide institutional faculty and staff, state higher education policy leaders and non- profit organizations the context surrounding adult student participation and success in Tennessee higher education. Also provided is a section containing program updates. Additional resources, and a glossary are provided. [For the 2014-15 report see ED572970.]
Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 404 James Robertson Parkway Suite 1900, Nashville, TN 37243. Tel: 615-741-3605; Fax: 615-741-6230; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program