Path to College: A Year of College Access Events for High School Students


Kate Derrick, Troy Grant and Mary Laphen, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission created a comprehensive, annual series of Path to College events to meet the needs of high school students: College Planning Nights, College App Week, College Goal Tennessee and College Signing Day. Building off of the success of Tennessee’s College App Week, the events focus on continuing the momentum around the college-going process during a student’s junior and senior years. The presentation explained why these events are critical components of a college-going culture, including parent engagement, college knowledge and the expectation of completing college application and financial aid applications. Participants learned how each event is implemented at both the state and schools levels.