Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday that Tennessee is one of 10 states selected from a pool of 33 that will receive a $1 million grant intended to focus on the completion of college degrees and the closing of attainment gaps.
The grant, awarded by Complete College America as part of its "Completion Innovation Challenge," was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and will be implemented over 18 months by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Richard Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, said that while $1 million may not seem like a grand sum to many, that the programs made possible by the grant would provide tangible benefits to students pursuing higher education at all levels.
"Now that we've secured the grant, for which we're very appreciative, we can begin to put things in place," Rhoda said. "Some of these programs are huge undertakings, and it's something that would not be possible without this grant, which will help us move along quickly."