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PERC’s policy research empowers stakeholders to inform local, state, and national higher education policy. Research partners range from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Board of Regents, to The University of Tennessee System, educational foundations, and state and federal agencies.

Click each dropdown below to browse recent projects, or view the list of policy reports and research publications.

Tennessee Promise Initiative External Website       Tennessee Drive to 55 Postsecondary Completion Initiative External website       Tennessee Reconnect Initiative External Website

PERC state policy research focuses heavily on access and completion, especially as related to Tennessee’s Promise, Reconnect, and Drive to 55 initiatives. Projects inform the effectiveness and scalability of policies related to workforce development and completion goals on the state and national levels.

PERC national policy research focuses heavily on access and completion as pertaining to community colleges, technical schools, student engagement, and student debt. Projects have informed policies related to the scalability of free community college programs, the future of fraternities and sororities, and national student debt.


Partner with PERC. In addition to access and completion, the center invites projects that inform local, state, and national policy in other areas of higher education need that align with team expertise.

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