“Tennessee Promise” Sees Higher Retention Rates

Tennessee Promise — the statewide program that allows high school graduates to go to community college for free — seems to be boosting the number of students returning for a second year, according to preliminary data.

The state hasn’t yet released official retention numbers from the first class of Tennessee Promise. But a handful of schools in Middle Tennessee are reporting higher retention rates.

This is good news for community colleges, which have notoriously struggled to retain and graduate students, especially compared to four-year universities.

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