How Can Tennessee Cut Dropout Rate?

Tennessee has done a good job in helping high school graduates go to college, but a high percentage of students drop out of their programs before obtaining a degree, local business, education and government leaders were told Wednesday.

“Three out of four students in community colleges will not graduate on time, and with our universities, about half will do so,” Kenyatta Lovett, executive director of Complete Tennessee, told the group in a meeting at Chattanooga State Community College. “More than half of all students are not coming out from high school prepared. And we are seeing equity gaps based on color — only 5 percent of African-American students will finish community college with a degree in three years.”

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