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The College Pipeline in East Tennessee: Where We Are, Where We're Going, and Policy Options

The Covid-19 pandemic may have fundamentally altered the trajectory of college-going, retention, and completion rates for students nationwide and the Drive to 55 in Tennessee. Join us as we review the data on key student metrics for East Tennessee, examine the evidence on the causes of shifting student behavior, and evaluate possible policy options with key stakeholders.

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and The Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research are co-sponsoring this event in collaboration with Tennessee Achieves.



  • University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd

Reviewing Key Facts and the Existing Research on Changes in College-Going

  • Dr. Celeste Carruthers, Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee's Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
  • Steven Gentile, Chief Policy Officer, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Where Do We Go From Here?

  • Gov. Bill Haslam moderates a panel including:
    • Dr. Linda Martin, UT Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success
    • Cliff Wightman, President, TCAT-Crossville
    • Dr. Anthony Wise, President, Pellissippi State Community College

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Monday, May 23 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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