Tennessee gets a grade of D
From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education. Below are the statewide categories. The Chamber sees a burdensome approval process as negative; those of us working for public higher education see it as a positive. On an interesting side note, The Memphis Commercial Appeal's coverage, Tennessee Colleges Get Mixed Review, notes that the University of Memphis "may have helped Tennessee get a B in online learning innovation," even though the report clearly highlights the Regents Online Campus Collaborative and does not break down data by institution. But then, that's what a hometown newspaper is for....
Tennessee | Leaders & Laggards: A State-by-State Report Card on Public Postsecondary Education
Tennessee’s plan for higher education includes goals for student outcomes and system efficiency. The state also has one of the oldest outcomes-based funding programs in the country, based on a broad range of performance outcomes. Tennessee’s articulation policy spells out 60-credit blocks of general education classes that students can transfer, and the state is exploring common course numbering.
The Regents Online Campus Collaborative is one of the more robust efforts to promote online learning in the country, resulting in an above average grade. The initiative provides a clear path for students to register at a “home campus” and then take online courses at four- and two-year institutions across the state. Regarding new providers, Tennessee has one of the more restrictive regulatory environments in the country, with an approval process that is among the most burdensome.