The summer of Promise

Tennessee community colleges want the avoid the open door becoming a revolving door. From The Tennessean.

Colleges work now so TN Promise students succeed later
This summer represents a really important transition for Tennessee Promise," said Mike Krause, executive director of the program. "It's been conceptual for a while, and it's about to be very concrete." 
Tennessee Promise's freshman year will be watched closely by parents and educators across the state, and by a high-profile cheerleader in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama visited Knoxville in January to celebrate Gov. Bill Haslam's pioneering program. 
Its success this fall depends largely on the work that is underway at the state's 13 public community colleges, where most of the eligible students will enroll. Colleges and state leaders are in the midst of laying groundwork for the students' arrival, from added staffing to special events.
While many of the changes vary by campus, some of the most crucial efforts are statewide, including an overhaul of remedial education and a robust redesign of the traditional orientation process. The leaders hope those changes will be enough to get the students onto campus and keep them there long enough to get a degree.


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