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  • Veterans Education

    The Tennessee State Approving Agency (SAA) is a division of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and is responsible for approving and monitoring programs of education and training offered within the state to those who are eligible for GI Bill® benefits. 

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  • Postsecondary State Authorization

    The Higher Education Authorization Act of 2016, T.C.A. §49-7-2001 et seq., T.C.A. §49-7-144, and Rule Chapters 1540-01-02 and 1540-01-10 govern the regulation of postsecondary educational institutions.

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  • First to the Top

    In 2010, Tennessee was awarded $501 million by the federal government’s Race to the Top competition. Tennessee’s First to the Top program centers on five areas of improvement: Great Teachers and Leaders, Standards and Assessments, Data Systems to Support Instruction, Turning Around Low-Performing Schools, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education.

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  • Chairs and Centers of Excellence

    The Chairs and Centers of Emphasis and Excellence are designed to expand the state's research base and increase the prominence of the research functions at Tennessee's higher education institutions.

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  • Community Service Award

    Community service recognition programs for higher education students and faculty/staff at the campus level were created in Tennessee through legislation enacted by the General Assembly in 1991. In 1997, the awards were named for the late Representative Harold Love, who was instrumental in passing the enabling legislation. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was given the charge to develop rules and regulations by which to implement these programs for public and private two and four-year institutions.

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    Each year, nearly 70 percent of community college freshman in Tennessee are placed in remedial courses upon enrollment in higher education. The Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program targets students that have not achieved college readiness benchmarks by introducing the college developmental curriculum into the high school senior year. 

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