CCT Act of 2010

In January 2010, Tennessee passed the Complete College Tennessee Act, a comprehensive reform agenda to transform public higher education through changes in academic, fiscal and administrative policies at the state and institutional level.

At the center of these reforms was recognition of the need for more Tennesseans to be better educated and trained while also acknowledging the state’s diminished fiscal capacity to support higher education.

The Complete College Act established a new public agenda for higher education with a direct link between the state’s economic development and its educational system. The overarching goal of that agenda is to have Tennessee meet the projected national average in educational attainment by 2025.

The primary state policy levers for addressing the state's educational needs included a new funding formula, incorporating outcomes in lieu of enrollment, a new Performance Funding program focused on quality assurance, and the establishment of institutional mission statements or profiles to distinguish each institution by degree level, program offerings and student characteristics.

The provisions of the Complete College Act called for Tennessee community colleges to operate as a unified system with individual campuses, teaching centers and teaching sites to maximize the effectiveness of the system in enhancing student success and increasing the numbers of college degrees held by Tennesseans.

To achieve this goal, the Tennessee Board of Regents is overseeing the transition from a system of 13 independently managed institutions to a comprehensive statewide community college system managed in a unified manner.

As part of its plan, the TBR is identifying and implementing consolidation and standardization of services and process among institutions to improve efficiency and effectiveness in student services, academic support, institutional support and other areas.

Most importantly, the plan incorporates tools that include block scheduling and cohort programming that will result in the opportunity for more rapid and significantly higher rates of program completion by community college students.