Penn GSE IRHE

Tennessee Case Study 2017

A new independent report from Joni Finney of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) details how Tennessee has targeted K–12 achievement and college affordability and access in an effort to make significant advances in postsecondary degree and certificate attainment.

“Driven to Perform: Tennessee’s Higher Education Policies and Outcomes” highlights Tennessee as a national exemplar of the coordinated policymaking necessary to move the needle on statewide higher education attainment.

The report, issued by Penn GSE’s Institute for Research on Higher Education (IRHE), marks the state’s successes while noting that there is much more to be done. The case study authors would like to recognize the contributions of Jennifer Benson, Jessica Fry, Breanne Klinger, Joshua Mauro and Richard Scruggs on an earlier version of the case study.