NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's higher education leaders are strategizing about how to help more students finish college.
Educators from several in-state institutions and abroad gathered in Franklin this week to attend the Tennessee College Completion Academy.
The two-day meeting, which ends Tuesday, is a result of legislation passed last year called the Complete College Tennessee Act that challenges the state's colleges and universities to nearly double the number of degrees they are granting by 2020.
Right now, only 31-percent of adults age 25 to 34 in Tennessee hold a college degree,
Reports indicate that more than 60-percent of jobs in Tennessee will require one by the end of the decade.
Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan said the academy exposes educators to best practices around the country and strategies other institutions have used to make a difference in terms of student success.
Gov. Bill Haslam spoke to the group on Tuesday. He said he doesn't want to just help more students attend college but also to finish.
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