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Research

The Research area of PPR works diligently to provide data analysis, assessment, reports and presentations concerning higher education in the state of Tennessee. The division continuely conducts rigorous investigations into the performances and processess of the higher education system on state, regional and national levels. These reports and presentations provide higher education insight to students, institutions and communities in the State of Tennessee.

PDF Files: County Profile

College participation rates by gender and ethnicity for each of Tennessee's 95 counties are presented here. Each profile also provides a comparison of the county vs. state average.

Report Year: County:
 

PDF Files: High School Profile

College participation rates for all Tennessee's public high schools are presented. Each profile also provides district and state averages for comparison purposes.

Report Year: County: High School:
 

GPA Tool

Predicting Higher Education Grade Point Average

The GPA Predictor Model is based on an estimated probability given the following variables. Please select all variables provided, as they have all been found to influence college-going GPA.

To find out more information about how the GPA Tool works, click here .



Predicted GPA

Lower Range: Middle Range: High Range:

High School Info
In what city was your High School located?  
What was your High School's name?  
How many Mathematics courses did you take in high school?     
How many English courses did you take in high school?     
What is/was your high school GPA?     
What was your ACT composite score?     
Income Level
What is your parent's yearly income or if you are independent, your income?     
College Info
How many total hours are or will you be taking?  
Of those hours, how many are or will be remedial/developmental?  
Is your major, or future major, Science or Math related?  
Please select the public institution you are to attend:  

Occassional Papers


Default Rate Study

The default rate study analyzes institutional default rates in Tennessee. Specifically, it compares Tennessee institutions' default rates to their peer institutions, and the SREB and national averages. The study also examines the factors that explain institutional default rates, and identifies which institutions' default rates are higher or lower than predicted.

High School Senior Opinion Survey

The 2012 edition of the high school senior opinion survey report presents the results of a bi-annual survey given to a sample of seniors in Tennessee’s public high schools in April 2011. The report assesses students’ background, academic progress, and opinions regarding their plans after graduation. The study examines the characteristics of students based on their plans after high school in order to highlight potential areas for future exploration.

FAFSA Pell Impact

In 2004 the Tennessee General Assembly created the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS) program, the seventh broad-based scholarship program in the U.S. to be funded by state lottery proceeds. To be eligible to receive a TELS award, students in Tennessee are required to satisfy certain academic requirements and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The purpose of this policy brief is to examine the relationship between requiring TELS recipients to fill out a FAFSA and the amount of need-based federal Pell grant dollars Tennessee has received. Results show that in the most recent academic year (2011-12) Tennessee received $9.5 million in additional Pell dollars, and over the 2004-05 to 2011-12 academic years the cumulative additional Pell dollars gained was over $53.2 million.

Last Dollar Calculator

The Last Dollar Scholarship County Cost Calculator provides an annual cost estimate for county, business, and community leaders who are interested in establishing a “last dollar” scholarship program for their county. A last dollar scholarship program provides students with the remaining money needed to cover tuition and fees at a Tennessee public institution after all other grant aid has been applied. Similar programs are run by the Ayers Foundation in Decatur county, the Niswonger Foundation in Northeast Tennessee, and Tennessee Achieves in Knox and surrounding counties. Technical notes on the calculator can be found at the bottom of this page.

Program Definitions: The Associate's Program is based on the projected cost for paying for a student to attend two years at a Tennessee public community college. The Bachelor's Program is the projected cost of paying for a student to attend two years at a Tennessee public community college AND two years at a Tennessee public four-year institution.

Directions:

     1. Select your county.
     2. Select the program level you are interested in providing (Associate's or Bachelor's).
     3. Enter the annual population growth rate you want the model to assume.         
*The calculator will default to the average annual population growth rate over the last ten years for your selected county.
     4. Enter the tuition and fee growth rate you want modeled.         
*The calculator will default to the average annual tuition & fee growth rate over the last ten years for your selected county.
     5. Select the stipend amount you want to provide beyond tuition & fees (for instance, for books).
          
County:  
Program:
Annual Population Growth Rate: %
Annual Tuition and Fee Growth Rate: % (statewide)
Annual Stipend in Addition to Tuition & Fees:
Technical Notes:

The figures above are based on the 2009 cohort of first-time full-time freshman who filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled at a Tennessee public community college. The projections assume that the average total financial aid per student will remain constant, and that the historical college going, retention, and transfer rates will remain the same.

In keeping with the spirit of the Complete College Tennessee Act, the calculator models that community college students will either transfer to a four-year institution after their freshman or sophomore year or graduate with an associate’s degree. Any students who stay at a community college for a third year are not considered in the projected costs or number of students served.

The average annual population growth rates were derived from the U.S. Census and can be obtained from the U.S. Census Quick Facts Website. If the county's average annual population growth rate was negative then the calculator will assume a growth rate of zero.

The average annual tuition and fees growth rate was derived from the 2010-2011 Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book.

Academic Program Inventory

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is the state coordinating agency for public higher education, which includes all institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee. The Commission has final academic degree program approval authority.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission Academic Program Inventory (API) is a comprehensive listing of all active and inactive certificate and degree programs at all levels offered by Tennessee public universities and community colleges. The programs are listed by national Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) fields using the CIP assigned codes. The API also displays concentrations or specialty areas within program majors. The API additionally notes program accreditation eligibility and status, the in-state program evaluation and assessment calendar for each program, and program inclusion in the Southern Regional Educational Board's Academic Common Market.

The API is the core data base used for tracking the annual productivity of programs, source for determining unnecessary duplication of programs, and the program data source for workplace supply and demand analyses. The users of the API are institutions, governing boards, business and industry, and the general public. The ready availability of program listings in a searchable database is critically important in program planning, development, and termination processes in keeping with each institution's mission.

API Search

The API contains information about the approximately 1,800 approved degree programs currently offered by our public universities, community colleges and technology centers. The inventory is the State’s sole source in tracking concentrations of academic programs. This feature allows searching the Academic Program Inventory database by Federal CIP, by Major Name, or by Institution.

Search by Federal CIP Code Search by Major Search by Institution