Governor Bill Haslam’s 2015 State of the State address on Monday featured several pieces of welcome news for education.
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Going to college—and completing a bachelor’s degree in four years—pays off in dollars and cents. A study done by UT’s Center for Business and Economic Research, in cooperation with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, has found that college students who earned their bachelor’s degrees within four years make higher salaries than those who took longer to complete their degrees.
Seventy-five freshmen are now studying at UT Knoxville as part of the new dual-enrollment program with Pellissippi State Community College. Guided by advisers on both campuses, these Bridge Program students are attending the second summer session at UT and taking a set of credit courses to help them adjust to college life and get a head start on their UT degree.
Sixty students have now confirmed their attendance in a new program in which students will be dually enrolled at UT Knoxville and Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC). The agreement formalizing the bridge program was signed this week by UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek and PSCC President Allen Edwards.