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The "New Normal" in Higher Education?

By Wendy Blackmore

If you know me well, you know I am passionate about higher education. Not just about my own path, but about others being given the same...


Call for Students: CollegeforTN.org Outreach Campaign

By Kate Derrick, Communications Director, Office of P-16 Initiatives, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Do you know a student who has an...


The Cost of Higher Education vs. Student Need (2014) The Cost of Higher Education vs. Student Need (2014)

(This article was originally published February 2012;  it has been updated with more recent college cost information.)

For my thirteen year old son’s birthday, I decided...


What is Undermatching?

by Bob Obrohta and Jenny Mills

Undermatching is the term that describes when an academically qualified student chooses to attend a higher education institution...


Powering Progress: College Access Project Powering Progress: College Access Project

By Jenny Mills

Any caring adult has the power to be a transformative mentor in the life of a young person. Scholars Arthur Levine and Jana Nidiffer examined low-income students who were...


Why aren’t more students graduating from college?

by Jenny Mills

I have attended many high school graduation ceremonies where the principal or other featured speaker proudly announces how many students have applied to...


Powering Progress: Increasing Community College Retention Rates Powering Progress: Increasing Community College Retention Rates

By Wendy Blackmore

Part 2 in a series designed to highlight ideas and initiatives that have the potential to dramatically increase our state’s college-going and college...


The Challenges of getting REDI: How College Mentors can boost Communities

Guest Blog: Alex Beene is a college mentor for the REDI program in Chester, McNairy and Hardin counties in West Tennessee. In addition to his work with the mentor corps, he also...


The Big Experiment is Over (Almost) The Big Experiment is Over (Almost)

A year’s worth of planning, writing, and policy changes.  Four year’s worth of implementation, advocacy and radical overhauls.  Fiscal year 2014, which begins July 1, 2013,...


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