April 12, 2017

Complete Tennessee to Host Final Listening Tour Roundtable in Nashville

Final higher education roundtable in "Room to Grow" Listening Tour set for April 19

NASHVILLE, TN – After four months of regional discussions on the state of Tennessee’s higher education system, Complete Tennessee will host the 9th and final roundtable in its “Room to Grow Listening Tour” in Nashville on Wednesday, April 19.
Complete Tennessee Executive Director Dr. Kenyatta Lovett said, “Since January, the Complete Tennessee team has traveled to all nine economic development regions in the state to examine local barriers to higher education attainment. The discussions have been eye-opening. Each community has described unique struggles affecting student achievement and outcomes, from lack of relevant postsecondary opportunities that align with the needs of the local workforce to insufficient transportation options to facilitate access to higher education institutions.”
“Now that the regional listening tour is almost finished, our task becomes reporting on the disparate challenges facing current and prospective students across the state,” Dr. Lovett continued. “We want community stakeholders, institutional leaders, and state and local elected officials to gain a clearer understanding of the root causes of our state’s completion struggle, so that we can all work together to develop meaningful solutions to help improve student success and reach the state's Drive to 55 goals for postsecondary completion.”
“Complete Tennessee’s efforts to engage regional stakeholders in a collaborative discussion on raising higher education attainment in Tennessee is vital,” said Janet Ayers, president of the Ayers Foundation and a Complete Tennessee board member. “We all recognize the value greater education opportunities and better student outcomes can bring – improving families’ quality of life, helping communities attract workers and businesses, and allowing our state economy to continue to grow. The conversations at this roundtable will help paint a more holistic picture of the postsecondary landscape in Tennessee, and allow Complete Tennessee to begin developing targeted strategies and recommendations that can further Tennessee’s momentum as a leader in higher education.”
While the roundtable events are invitation-only for participants, press are welcome to observe and report on the discussion. Interested media should contact Kaci Murley at kaci@completetennessee.org to register their attendance and obtain additional event details.

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Complete Tennessee is a nonprofit 501(c)3 education advocacy organization focused on increasing postsecondary access and completion in Tennessee. Complete Tennessee’s mission will be advanced through four objectives: enhanced community engagement, improved research and accountability metrics, advanced leadership development, and heightened innovation through shared best practices. To learn more about Complete Tennessee, visit www.completetn.org