Special / ad hoc reports
An examination of TELS grant and loan forgiveness programs for special populations
This report provides a descriptive overview of five of the smaller TELS programs, including: the Dual Enrollment Grant, the HOPE Foster Grant, the Helping Heroes Grant, the Math & Science Teacher Loan Forgiveness program, and the Rural Health Loan Forgiveness program. The goal of this report is to provide legislators, policymakers, and researchers with a basic understanding of these five TELS programs and the students they serve. Specifically, the report examines the number of students served by each program, their demographics, academic preparation, postsecondary enrollment trends, and their postsecondary progression and success.
Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant Program Report (January 2010)
This January 2010 report was the Commission’s first look at recipients of the Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant Program, which provides $2,000 per year to Tennessee residents who enroll in certificate or diploma programs at one of the 27 Tennessee Technology Centers across the state. The report includes information on the numbers of grantees, recipients’ demographic composition, most popular majors, program completion rates, and program completers’ rates of transfer to other institutions.
Wharton Committee report and recommendations (April 2007)
An ad hoc committee, chaired by Mayor A C Wharton of Shelby County, was convened following the THEC regular quarterly meeting of January 2007. The Wharton Committee held a series of four meetings over the ensuing two-month period to address the issue of lower-than-expected scholarship retention rates coupled with the findings of socioeconomic disparity in scholarship qualification and retention. In April 2007 the Committee issued its recommendations to the Commission and the General Assembly.
A Comparison of States' Lottery Scholarship Programs
This report examines lottery funded merit-based scholarship programs in eight states. Specifically, this report addresses questions about: 1.) How programs are similar or different regarding eligibility rules, award details, and renewal and restoration rules. 2.) What changes to the programs have occurred over time, and what was the impetus behind these changes (i.e. was it a policy decision, due to fiscal constraints, or both). 3.) Finally, to understand how the programs are related to college access and completion.