Promises, promises....

My recently-retired continuing education colleague insists that the whole concept behind Tennessee Promise started with Bill Locke and Northeast State Community College's "Educate and Grow" program.  Which in turn led to similar programs in Sevierville and Knoxville. He wants credit where credit is due, and he's probably right. From the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Players Who Influenced Obama’s Free-College Plan
The Tennessee Promise
Tennessee was the first and most active member of Complete College America’s Alliance of States, and it readily embraced many of the solutions the group was promoting, including structured schedules and remediation overhauls. Complete College America had a hand in drafting the legislation tying state funds to graduation rates and other performance measures. "We’ve learned from each other," Mr. Jones said of its partnership with Tennessee.

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