Tennessee’s effort to get new high school graduates to enroll in college by the next fall — and keep them enrolled afterward — has slowed. Tennessee Promise applications and enrollment have increased overall since 2015, but the rate of high schoolers going to college immediately after graduation has slightly decreased.
It’s already challenging enough getting students ready for college during a traditional school year. But now, statewide socially distanced learning, and all virtual school for seniors in Nashville, is making the process much more difficult.
Tennessee’s community colleges were expecting an increase in enrollment as people struggled to find work this fall. So it came as a surprise when high education leaders saw a 11.5% decrease in students compared to last year.
Historically Black colleges haven’t been the most popular higher education option over the past decade: Since 2010, HBCUs have seen an 11% decrease in students nationwide. But this year, some say they’re seeing a boost in interest.
Tennessee education leaders are making a last-ditch effort to get students signed up for tuition-free mentoring and scholarship program Tennessee Promise.
Tennessee’s colleges of applied technology are getting some outside help to address education inequity. That’s thanks in part to the Tennessee Board of Regents expanding an existing community college partnership with national nonprofit Achieving the Dream.
Private universities were expecting to bear some of the brunt of the coronavirus fallout this year. They anticipated students would choose less expensive, public colleges instead. Enrollment data, however, show a few Middle Tennessee campuses are seeing higher than expected interest.
Meharry Medical College in Nashville announced its largest-ever financial gift Thursday: $34 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Just as the semester began, Fisk’s president was put on leave following allegations about his conduct off-campus. Now, the administration and alumni are trying to figure out what it means to move forward after an unusual start to the year.
Tackle football leagues, hockey players and wrestlers still have to wait. But new guidelines from the governor’s Unified Command Group offer recommendations for athletes itching to work up a sweat with non-contact sports.