September 20, 2017

Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute Hosts Higher Education Panel with State Leaders

State Reps. Harry Brooks and John Forgety join discussion on college completion

NASHVILLE, TN – The Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute (CTLI) this week hosted a panel discussion with state policymakers and education stakeholders to examine postsecondary priorities and challenges in Tennessee.

Panel participants included State Representative Harry Brooks, chair of the House Committee on Education Administration and Planning, State Representative John Forgety, chair of the House Committee on Education Instruction and Programs, Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora Tydings, and Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Mike Krause. Complete Tennessee Executive Director Dr. Kenyatta Lovett moderated the discussion.

Dr. Lovett said, “A big priority for the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute is helping new education advocates better understand the state’s higher education landscape. There’s been a lot of movement in recent years with new policies and programs designed to expand access and promote completion. Tuesday’s panel offered participants the opportunity to learn more about the implementation and impact of these new initiatives, while also exploring ideas for future educations investments.”    

“As our higher education system continues to evolve, today’s discussion presented an opportunity to take a fresh look at the progress the state has made in recent years while also assessing ongoing challenges to our institutions and students,” said Dr. Tydings. “It was a pleasure to participate in this panel and I look forward to collaborating with Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute participants as we work toward the shared goal of further strengthening postsecondary education in Tennessee.”

This week’s activities in Nashville marked the first working session of the 2017-2018 CTLI, which brings together a diverse group of community stakeholders from around the state for several months of regional programming to learn about the state of postsecondary education in Tennessee. CTLI runs through April 2018, with additional sessions planned in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Memphis and Sewanee. Participants will gain a better understanding of the unique challenges facing today’s college students, and explore innovative programs designed to support Tennessee postsecondary students. 

To learn more about the 2017-2018 CTLI cohort, click here.  

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