Promises, promises

I had to apologize to my retired continuing education colleague, Dr. Chris Lefler, who had long insisted that Tennessee Promise wouldn't have the impact everyone was predicting.  He based it on his experience with dual enrollment high school students and their lax attitudes about meeting deadlines and requirements.  I was skeptical of his reasoning, to say the least.  It turns out he was mostly right.

Of the more than 58,000 students who applied for Tennessee Promise, it's expected that only about 28% will be eligible to use it this fall. The number I've heard tossed around is 16,000.  So it appears that more than 70% of those who applied did not complete eligibility requirements.  I didn't anticipate that.

So what will this mean for Tennessee universities and ETSU?  Will it mean we'll see late admissions as the masses that lose eligibility look for another path?  Or are most of those already enrolled somewhere else?  Are the ineligible students ready for or even interested in college or simply applied because of pressure from high school counselors?  Do we even want students who cannot meet simple deadlines and public service requirements (8 hours)?  Or will they have learned their lesson?  Stay tuned.

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