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.
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.
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.Get Updates Now