SCORE and The Hunt Institute welcomed the newest members of the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute (CTLI) to their first convening recently. The new cohort gathered for the first time to get to know each other and get an overview of Tennessee’s higher education landscape.  

Over two days together, members looked at the needs of today’s college students, considered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on higher education, and explored how we can better use data to improve postsecondary completion. The issue brief from the convening gives an overview of higher education in Tennessee and highlights some pivotal higher ed policy milestones in the state, including 2010’s Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA).

In addition to comments from Tennessee higher education leaders from various agencies and institutions, as well as national experts, participants also heard remarks from Governor Bill Lee and got an overview of legislative priorities from members of the General Assembly.

The CTLI experience is tailored for leaders from postsecondary institutions, K-12 districts, business, state and local government, and advocacy organizations, bringing them together over a 12-month period to collaborate to address access and attainment issues in higher education. During this time, participants will:

  • dive into data relating to access, attainment, retention, and completion
  • foster partnerships for building actionable coalitions
  • and explore innovative solutions to local and statewide collaboration and student success

We are excited to work with this group of thought leaders over the coming year as we find ways to help more Tennessee students make their way to and through higher education and on to a life of career and economic success.

Meet the 2022-23 CTLI cohort: See the full list of participants.

Diane Hughes is communications manager at SCORE.