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Executive Summary – December 2016 Quarterly Meeting

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1. Introduction to the Complete Tennessee Initiative (

Dr. Kenyatta Lovett


The Board will hear a presentation by Dr. Lovett, Executive Director, regarding the Complete Tennessee

initiative. Launched in September 2016, Complete Tennessee is a nonprofit 501(c)3 education advocacy

organization focused on increasing postsecondary access and completion in Tennessee.


Financial Report Overview


Vice Chancellor Sims


The Board will receive a report on the consolidated management discussion and analysis for the

System’s FY 2015-16 financial statements. This is an information item only and requires no action


Academic Affairs Update


Vice Chancellor Denley


The Board will receive an update on the latest Academic Affairs initiatives.

4. Employer and Alumni Survey Report for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology


Vice Chancellor King


On an annual basis, the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology survey students and employers to

assess the effectiveness and relevance of each occupational program. These “satisfaction surveys”

provide valuable data useful in the evaluation of program content and curriculum, delivery of

instruction, development of appropriate technical skills and worker characteristics essential for success

in today’s workplace.

The review of external perceptions or survey results, coupled with advisory board conversations, enable

the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology to continuously improve the occupational programs and

student services that significantly impact the economies served by our institutions.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology began capturing

alumni satisfaction data during the exit interview process rather than through end of year surveys mailed

to students. This new process resulted in much higher response rates. Surveys were sent to employers of

these student completers as in previous reporting years. This same collection method was used this year.

For the 2014-15 survey cohort, alumni rated program preparation for employment “Satisfactory” or

above in 97% of the weighted responses. Employers rated student performance “Satisfactory” or above

in 95% of the weighted responses.

There were approximately 6,704 graduates during the 2014-15 academic year available for job

placement. A total of 5,854 graduates were placed in employment for an overall placement rate of 87%,

which is a 1% increase over the previous year. The results of the alumni and employer surveys will be

shared with the Board.