Community College Graduation Rates Jumped After Tennessee Promise, Numbers Show

"About a quarter of all 2015 Tennessee Promise students received a college degree after five semesters in the program, according to newly compiled data on the program," the Tennessean reports. 

"The 21.5 percent of students that graduated through five semesters, while still low, is a big jump over the previous year's community college graduation rate in 2014, when the program didn't exist, according to Tennessee Board of Regents numbers.

The 2015 graduation numbers were almost seven points higher than the 2014 group.

The popular statewide program, whose first class began in fall 2015, is a 'last dollar' scholarship that provides tuition-free community and technical college to Tennessee students.

The numbers show that overall, 3,257 students in the 2015 cohort earned a degree or certificate within five semesters, an 82 percent increase over the students in the 2014 cohort before Tennesse Promise.

The newly released numbers also show the number of students who earned a degree or technical certificate through five semesters increased from 1,790 in the 2014 group of students to 2,857 in the 2015 TN Promise group, a 60 percent increase."

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Publication Date: 5/15/2018

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