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Three states get a pass

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Kentucky, Tennessee, and...Indiana. Indiana? Honorable mentions go to North Carolina's Blue Ridge and South Carolina's High Wire. From Esquire.
THE BEST WHISKEYS IN EVERY STATE RIGHT NOW
A whole lot of people think bourbon can only legally be made in Kentucky. That's not true. But the oft-repeated myth shows how indelible the relationship between Kentucky and bourbon is, a relationship that dates back to Alexander Hamilton and a despised whiskey tax that drove distillers from the mid-Atlantic region to the friendlier Southern state.  The absolute best whiskey in America still comes out of Kentucky, whether you believe it is Pappy Van Winkle, George T. Stagg, or perhaps a more offbeat selection. Likewise, Jack Daniels is, if not the best, the most famous whiskey in America, and the best-selling too. Jack has stamped Kentucky's neighbor to the south, Tennessee, as another state uniquely linked with the good stuff.  But what about whiskeys from other states? Are any worth …

Happy National Rum Day!

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From Visually.

The top cities for college grads

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Include Houston (#1) and Dallas (#5) in Texas. I might have thought Nashville or Charlotte might have made the list. From CBS Money Watch.
5 U.S. cities where college grads can thrive Ah, spring -- the weather warms, the future brightens and an army of freshly minted college graduates fans out across America to apply their dreams and degrees to the working world. Whether those dreams take flight or crash to the ground depends, of course, on the individual. But the location where that person chooses to live can play a significant role.  To that end, Bankrate analyzed the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. to see how conducive they are to launching young careers. "It's important to remember your job isn't your life. You want to be happy where you are, and you want to be able to afford where you're living," said Sarah Berger, who writes about finance and budgeting for Bankrate under the moniker The Cashlorette.

The Dark Triad?

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Sounds like a run-down bar from Harry Potter. Still, is it any wonder psychopaths are drawn to study business? Marketing seems a natural fit. But, it's another study from outside the U.S. From MSN.Com.
Psychopaths Are Most Likely To Study This In College
Psychopathy is a real mental health condition that often goes undetected in people, which means you could be living next to, or with, a psychopath and not even know it. So how do you tell a psychopath from your average Joe? Well, according to a new study, it may help to see what they studied in college; psychopaths are more likely to be into business courses.   The study, published online in Personality and Individual Differences, found that individuals with the Dark Triad traits (narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism) are more likely to have studied business and economics. These results show that your personality, particularly having a “dark” personality, may influence your educational choices.  The findings are based on a…

Happy National Left Hander's Day!

Infographic Friday

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Win early

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Lose late. The grain of salt taken with this study is that it looks at outcomes in Europe, not the U.S. Still, this is what we liberal arts graduates always preach. From The Atlantic.
The Downside to Career and Technical Education Yet new international research points to a significant downside of such programs: Students may benefit early in their careers, but are harmed later in life as the economy changes and they lack the general skills necessary to adapt.  The study raises concerns about the trade-offs that could come with significantly expanding career and technical training in the United States—at least any version that substitutes for broad knowledge and skills transferable across jobs.  “Individuals with general education initially face worse employment outcomes but experience improved employment probability as they become older relative to individuals with vocational education,” write four researchers in the study, which appeared in the winter 2017 issue of the peer-reviewed Jo…

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Those zany Millennials

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Maybe all they really want is job security. Who doesn't? From CBSNews.com.
What millennials really want in the workplace
Different surveys have widely varying opinions on the millennial generation -- those between the ages of 18 and 30 who are entering or already in the workforce. Some imply this is a group of slackers living in their parents' basements. Others show them as ambitious, hardworking and struggling to pay off college debt with several part-time jobs.  How do they see themselves? A new report from the blog Squared Away shows a lot of "youthful optimism" among this generation. But is it justified?  "The changing job market is making it increasingly difficult for young adults to get their careers off to the right start," said Kim Blanton, writer and editor for Squared Away at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.  That's because the employment landscape is changing. Millennials are often accused of changing jobs just to earn mor…

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Happy National Lighthouse Day!

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From Visually.

Infographic Friday

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16 Ways to Stay Cool When Sleeping [Infographic] by the team at NeoMam

Cheap eats?

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Where's the funnel cake? From Travel + Leisure.

The Best Cheap Eats in Every State Tennessee  Ribs are a dish you want to be sure to try in Memphis, but getting them on the cheap can be tough.   That's why Khan recommends going for the rib sandwich at Payne's BBQ, where you'll get slow-cooked ribs sliced and topped with barbeque sauce and stuffed into a bun at $7.

It's my party

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And I'll raise tuition if I want to....Could the optics be any worse for the UC Board of Regents? From The Daily Beast.

University of California’s Board of Regents Partied Hard, Billed the State, Then Raised Tuition
On the night of Jan. 25, members of the University of California’s Board of Regents piled into San Francisco’s lavish Intercontinental Hotel for a dinner party. By the end of the night, the 65-person party had racked up a $17,600 bill, or roughly $271 per diner—which they charged to the university. The next day, the same Regents voted to raise tuition by 2.5 percent or $336 for each in-state student.  From 2012 until May 17, 2017, the UC Board of Regents expensed luxury banquets totalling over $225,000, the San Francisco Chronicle first reported Sunday. University President Janet Napolitano’s office reimbursed the dinners in full, using UC funding. The news comes in the wake of a damning state audit that revealed $175 million in undisclosed funds belonging to Napolitano…

Some good news

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For Memphis. You're safer there than you might believe. However, Detroit and New Orleans offer more danger. From MSN.com.

The American Cities That Are Not as Dangerous as You Think
SAFER: MEMPHIS If you're a country-music fan or you grew up listening to Elvis on repeat, then venturing to this Tennessee town is probably on your bucket list. Even though Graceland is definitely a place you'll want to snap a selfie to show your grandma, SmarterTravel doesn't recommend you linger in the area after dark. They advise being mindful of your belongings and locking your car up when you visit the mansion during the day, too, just to be extra safe.  Another note from Smarter Travel: 'When you want to check out the attractions downtown, you'll find that many of them are in close enough proximity to each other to make it practical to walk. However, there are cabs and trolleys that will get you safely to your destination, as well. It's safer to use a cab or trolley at night,…

Unhappy at work?

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Ask for more autonomy. From NBCNews.com.
Research Says This Is the Secret to Being Happy at Work Every business owner, manager and supervisor in the country wants to keep their employees happy — but it's not as straightforward as it sounds.  According to a Gallup poll, only about 30 percent of workers feel actively engaged or connected to their workplace, and low morale costs businesses anywhere from $450 billion to $550 billion per year. Unhappy, disengaged workers are more likely to be absent, more likely to take sick days, are less productive and are more prone to leaving prematurely.  But what are the root causes of low employee morale? Some employers think it's all about money; they throw salary raises and cash bonuses at their employees to improve morale. And while that might be cause for temporary satisfaction, consistent raises may actually decrease morale and productivity, making employees complacent in a predictable environment where performance means little.  Instead…

Infographic Friday

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Helicoptor parenting

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Is a term no longer politically correct, evidently. As the cost of higher education goes up, direct parental involvment does as well. From The Atlantic.
The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent
Is it possible for parents to be too involved in their children’s lives when they go to college? Parents have to help their kids without overpowering them, Cohen said. Kids need to become “comfortable with the uncomfortable” and learn to navigate tricky academic and social challenges on their own. He travels to schools around the country, including my neighborhood’s high school, giving talks to parents about when and how to get engaged in their children’s college lives. 
Excessive parental involvement in the lives of their college-aged children, Hamilton said, extends the timeframe for parenting past the 0-18 years. It delays adulthood in children. And, most importantly for Hamilton, it exacerbates socioeconomic inequality. Students without helicopter parents, she’s found, are less likely than those …

Body language 101

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Or how to become more fluent in langage du corps. Here are some tips from MSN.com.
8 Body Language Tips That Will Make You More Likeable
Body language is extremely important when it comes to making good first impressions. It's always helpful to know what body cues show you in a positive light, especially during interviews or networking when you're meeting someone for the first time. It can make a difference and even make you more likeable. Keep these tips in mind when you're interacting with another person: Smile slowly. If you're too quick to come to a smile or drop one, your expression may not look genuine. Real smiles happen gradually, but remember not to do it too slowly because it can also look creepy. Do your best to mimic a natural smile by practicing in the mirror. Speak in a deeper voice. When you're nervous or excited, your voice may come out in a higher pitch. Take a deep breath and lower your pitch, because a deeper voice is considered to have more autho…

Tales of the nontraditional

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It's never too late for college. From InsideEdition.com.
Great-Great Grandmother Gets College Degree: 'My Mom Always Wanted Me to Go to College'
You’re never too old to learn something new.  That’s what great-great grandmother Shirley Fuller of Raleigh, N.C., had in mind when she graduated from college this week.  "I was helping my kids achieve their goals and I decided that I don't want to die without getting a degree," she told InsideEdition.com  The 70-year-old is finally graduating from Wake Tech Community College after taking a break from school when she was in the 10th grade to get married.  "I went back to high school as a full time student — I didn't want the GED thing," she told InsideEdition.com. "So when I graduated from high school two years later, I had two children already and I found out I was a month pregnant with my third child."   Fuller said she had always been a straight-A student, but instead of continuing to go to …

ETSU is within driving distance

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To several of the United States' best cities. Asheville (#10) and Nashville (#5). Charleston (#1) and Savannah (#3). From Travel+Leisure.

The Best Cities in the U.S.
One thing is perfectly clear in our list of the best cities in the United States: travelers (and locals, too) love the charming, historic cities of the American South. Of the top 15 cities on this year’s list, one-third are below the Mason-Dixon line, and two more are in Texas.  Every year in our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.  It’s no surprise that New York City and San Francisco are in the top 10 — they’ve been on the list every year since the awards' inception. The growing popularity of the Pacific Northwest, however, shook things …

Infographic Friday

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I, for one,

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Welcome our new robot overlords. But wait...your personality matters. Seems a good liberal arts education may keep the robots awary. From The Pacific Standard.
WILL YOU BE REPLACED BY A COMPUTER? IT MAY DEPEND ON YOUR PERSONALITY Are you worried about being replaced by a robot? You've got good reason to fret: In one recent analysis, economists predicted 47 percent of American jobs are at high risk of being automated over the next two decades.  Understandably, most discussion of this touchy topic has revolved around which specific jobs are in the computers' cross-hairs. But, given the ability (and, increasingly, the necessity) for workers to periodically change careers, two larger questions loom: What personality traits protect us against the threat of computer-driven unemployment? And can they be taught, and absorbed, at an early age?  In a first-of-its-kind study that followed a large group of Americans for 50 years, a research team led by University of Houston psychologist Ro…

Diploma mills

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Are still a thing. And I see John Bear is still kicking. My first job in continuing education was an advisor in an external degree program (Way, way before the internet--hence the term external instead of online.). Our program was favorably mentioned in Bear's book, and we got a lot of referrals from in. That was just 37 years ago. Sigh. From CBS MoneyWatch.
Your MD may have a phony degree
There's little reason to doubt that sales of degrees have only become even more prevalent since a federal probe executed from 1989 to 1991. It was dubbed "DIPSCAM" for "Diploma Scam," and resulted in the dismantling of 40 phony schools, 19 federal grand jury indictments, 20 convictions and the purchase of 40 diplomas and transcripts.   "Our best guestimate is there are 5,000 diploma mills at any one time, and probably the same number of fake accrediting agencies," said Allen Ezell, a 31-year FBI veteran who helped run DIPSCAM. "I'm not paranoid, but it&#…

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National Council for Continuing Education & Training  2017 Annual Conference "Savannah Sizzles: Hot Topics, Tools, and Trends" September 25-27, 2017 Savannah, Georgia
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Infographic Friday

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From Visually.

Tales of the non-traditional

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She had to choose between college track and love. Love won. From The Tennessean.
Gramma to graduate from TSU — 55 years after she enrolled Darlene Mullins often wore TSU gear and jeans to class, just like other students at Tennessee State University.  But Mullins is the only one who slaps the table and scolds her classmates for swearing.  After an F bomb, she shouts, “Oooo!” and then, “You need to wash your mouth out with soap!” Graduating after a 55-year hiatus  Mullins, 72, is set to graduate from TSU Saturday – 55 years after taking her first class. Mullins came back to campus four years ago to finish what she started.  And she came back in full grandma mode, loving on the younger students – and correcting them when she thought it necessary.  “I would listen to them, I would encourage them, hug on them, call them ‘son’ or ‘young man.’ But I never tried to be their friend,” she said firmly.  Why she left TSU after her freshman year  Mullins, a high school track stand-out in New Jerse…

Tales of the non-traditional

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Role model. From 13WMAZ.
Macon grandfather graduates from college It's almost graduation time here in Central Georgia.   College students will don their caps and gowns to grace the stage for that coveted diploma.  One Fort Valley State University senior who is preparing for this major milestone is just a little more senior than his classmates.  While most retirees want to spend their golden years slowing down, Matthew Brown says he is just getting started.  “You can always take your talents to another level,” he says. Brown sits at the piano and plays a few notes. “It’s a little out of tune,” he laughs. “I can work with it.”  Back in the 70’s, he was opening for big names like the Manhattans, Millie Jackson, Johnnie Taylor, and Eddie Floyd, who sang the hit song "Knock on Wood."  He even recorded a gospel album at the famed Capricorn Records.  The Air Force veteran turned music instructor says he wanted to take his skills beyond raw talent, so he came to Fort Valley State…

Eshew the semicolon?

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According to Vonnegut, it only shows "you've been to college." But I like me some semicolons. And I have been to college where I majored in English. That probably makes me the only person interested in this...From Ben Blatt, writing in Slate.
Do Semicolons Make You Pretentious?
For the purposes of this article, I decided to take a quick approach that is slightly less anecdotal than just glossing over the authors above. I created two samples. The first was all 36 Pulitzer Prize winners published between 1980-2016 (this is 36 books instead of 37 because there was no winner in 2012). I then looked at the Publisher’s Weekly best-selling novel of the year from 1980-2016 (this too was 36 books as I removed Diary of a Wimpy Kid since its only intended audience is young children).  These are small samples, with some repeat authors, but the results are still clear. The Pulitzer Prize winning books use a median of 129 semicolons per 100,000 words. The best-selling novels use a medi…

Happy National Pina Colada Day!

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From Visually.

Infographic Friday!

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From Visually.

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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Source: blog.surveyanalytics.com 

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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Source: blog.surveyanalytics.com 

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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From Visually.

Celebrating the Fourth of July!

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From Visually.

Infographic Friday

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The Summer Dressing Guide Ss14 [Infographic] by the team at NeoMam

Happy National Handshake Day!

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A Global Guide To Handshakes [Infographic] by the team at NeoMam

If it wasn't for Nihilism

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I'd have nothing to believe in.Ba-doom Pshh. Jokes aside, it's a sign of our times that a college named after a philosopher is reviewing the viability of its philosophy program. On one hand, the value of a liberal arts education is undeniable, but in the future, those benefits may go solely to those who can afford to attend an elite university. That wasn't me. On the other hand, the philosophy programs were low producing--ten graduates last year in the undergraduate program and two in the graduate. I could use another hand. From The Houston Chronicle.
University of St. Thomas may eliminate philosophy programs
The University of St. Thomas — named after philosopher and theologian St. Thomas Aquinas — may eliminate philosophy programs, a signal of financial strain and a broader move toward professional programs at the private Montrose school.  Administrators are reviewing student interest, department offerings and existing costs this month in advance of a June board meeting, s…

Tennessee Promise

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Influences another state's higher education policy. Another Republican state. From Slate.
Does Arkansas’ Free Community College Program Hold Promise? ...Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed an act creating the Arkansas Future Grant, or ArFuture. Hutchinson is Republican, and both houses of the state’s Legislature are led by Republicans. The first grants would be available this fall.  The grant doesn’t require a minimum high school grade point average to qualify but goes to any traditional or nontraditional student—meaning recent high school graduates and adults—who enrolls in a science, technology, engineering, or math field, or another high-demand field, at any of the state’s community or technical colleges. As a last-dollar grant, ArFuture would go to students only after they’ve received federal and state aid. Grant recipients must participate in a mentor or community-service program, and after graduation, they must work full-time in Arkansas for at least three years.  If students…

Happy National Beautician's Day!

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Embedded from Evergreen Beauty College

Infographic Friday!

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Rounding error

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Even on your income taxes, you round up. Not so with grants from the Department of Education. Betsy DeVos has said she would not reconsider West Virginia State University's Upward Bound application.  There may still be hope for West Virginia University's McNair Scholars. (Harsh, but the old English teacher in me still thinks you need to follow the directions...). From The Charleston Gazette-Mail.
$2 mistake costs WVU thousands of federal dollars
West Virginia State University was not the only college in West Virginia to recently lose federal funding for a program that benefits low-income first-generation college students.  A $2 mistake on an application from West Virginia University means the school will lose more than $200,000 to fund its McNair Scholars program, which could mean the end of the 18-year program.  “We have had really good success through the program, and it would really be a shame for it not to be renewed,” said John Bolt, a WVU spokesman.  In years past, the sc…

First Day of Summer!

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Happy National American Eagle Day!

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by mocomiani.
From Visually.

What's going on with Tennessee

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Community college presidents? Another resigns after an investigation, and troubles brew at Nashville State. From The Tennessean.
Motlow State president resigns amid scathing audit of his leadership
Motlow State Community College President Tony Kinkel resigned late Tuesday, a day before the completion of a blistering internal audit that accused him of using "fear, intimidation, hostility and condescension" as mainstays of his leadership.  The audit, performed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and completed Wednesday, described a dismal work environment that pushed several longtime employees to leave the college because of Kinkel.  Auditors said that, as their work neared completion, Kinkel pressured multiple employees to discredit the findings in an apparent attempt to save his job.  "The manipulation of both people and information has created a sense of distrust among faculty and administrators that is deep," the audit read. "The pressure placed on employees to…

Happy National Flip Flop Day!

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by jadiehm.
From Visually.

Meanwhile, over the mountains in North Carolina

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A college is making its faculty and staff oppose gay marriage. Sigh.From NBC News.
Private College Mandates Staff Signs Document Opposing Gay Marriage
A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. One faculty member says she and eight of her colleagues have refused to sign it and are leaving the school.  News media outlets report that part of Montreat College's "Community Life Covenant" expects those who work there to affirm "the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman" and the "worth of every human being from conception to death."  Covenant opponents blame the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, which contributed $100,000 to the college's scholarship fund last month. The fund is led by Franklin Graham, a Montreat College alumnus and an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage and abortion. The association has denied any role in the covena…

Happy National Bourbon Day!

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Over ten years

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Public university tuition has really, really increased as state support has dwindled.MSN Money lists the top 100 institutions with the largest increases. My alma mater is number 100. The University of Tennessee is number 14. Lots of Illinois, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida institutions on the list.
The 100 colleges with the biggest tuition hikes#100. WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY State: Illinois
Percent in-state tuition increase (2005-2015): 61.5%
Percent out-of-state tuition increase (2005-2015): 57.26%
Tuition and fees (2015-2016): $12,889.00
Tuition and fees (2005-2006): $7,980.66
Total enrollment (2015): 11,094

Rhode Island looks to Tennessee

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For advice about free community college tuition. It's a movement gaining momentum. From The Tennessean.
Why Rhode Island turned to Tennessee for college advice
Tennessee was the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide scholarship that allowed new high school graduates to attend college tuition-free. Since the program launched in 2014, tuition-free college became a rallying point for Democrats. Many Democratic states — including Rhode Island, New York and Oregon — have adopted or considered the model pioneered by Tennessee.  "Quite frankly, this is a good idea," Raimondo said. "It’s a bipartisan issue. This is about jobs."  Throughout the call, Rhode Island college leaders quizzed Haslam about Tennessee Promise. In his answers, the governor shared parts of the origin story behind the program and the philosophy that helped shape it.  Haslam said the need for Tennessee Promise, and other college programs, stemmed from the fact that "we had too big of a …