Tuesday's summit

The Tennessean notes that it excluded any Democrats. But it's good the governor is paying attention.  I hope something can be done to help working adults afford higher education in this high tuition environment.

Haslam summit examines ways to change TN's higher education system
Experts discussed rising college costs and ways to make degrees more valuable in a Tuesday forum at the governor’s mansion, kicking off efforts to revamp Tennessee’s higher education system. 
Three speakers from the academic and nonprofit worlds told Gov. Bill Haslam and other Tennessee officials that the nation is turning out too many college graduates with skills that do not match up to the needs of employers. They also said rising tuition is making it harder for families — especially the poor — to get post-secondary degrees and certificates at the same time employers are demanding them. 
The speakers also suggested a handful of programs that Tennessee might use to raise graduation rates without watering down the value of college degrees. 
“We’re talking about increasing the number of degrees and quality and relevance to the marketplace, but cost is underlying all those discussions,” Haslam said. 
Haslam has said that improving Tennessee’s higher education system will be one of his top priorities in the coming year, and the forum was to start officials toward drafting new plans for the state’s four-year universities, two-year community colleges and technology centers.


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