Governor Haslam has challenged our state with a critical new mission: the Drive to 55.  It’s not just a mission for higher education, but a mission for workforce and economic development, a drive to reduce unemployment and improve quality of life.

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The Goal:

Bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55% by the year 2025. Tennessee now lags far behind the national average for higher education, ranking 43rd in working adults with a two-year degree or higher. Reaching our goal will involve increasing the number of two-year and four-year degrees as well as technical certifications in important fields such as welding and mechatronics.

The Plan:

Better prepare students to reduce the need for remedial courses; increase dual enrollment & dual credit; improve mentoring; reduce financial barriers to education; enhance programs to increase graduation rates; better serve the 940,000 adults with some college but no degree; and identify and proactively fill the skills gaps of the future. Learn about Initiatives or by viewing Reports.

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Educational Attainment

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Tennessee Promise

NASHVILLE -- Governor proposes providing two years at a community college or college of applied technology free.

Quick Reference

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Overview of Drive to 55 Strategies  The following diagram provides an overview of the Drive to 55 initiatives that the administration will pursue this year. The initiatives fall within the five key strategy areas: get students ready, get students in, get students out, finish, and accountability and alignment.

Drive to 55 Overview Review the foundational information and key statistics and infographics behind the Drive to 55 Initiative.

Job Demand Graphs Learn about the future job demand, the types of jobs and the demand gap we face with these interactive graphing tools.