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Chancellor Carver selected to represent Tennessee's four-year institutions


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. — The Tennessee Higher Education Commission selected Dr. Keith Carver, chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Martin, to serve as the four-year implementation lead on Tennessee’s Complete College America state team.

Carver, who is entering his 20th year of service within the University of Tennessee System, joined six other team members, including a representative of Tennessee’s two-year institutions, at Complete College America’s Summer Action Summit on July 13-14 to kick off the national campaign.

Teams from 36 participating states plus the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium from California met to discuss national and state-specific policies with regard to higher education and the increase of college completion rates.

According to, only 41 percent of full-time students at four-year flagship schools and 19 percent of full-time students at four-year non-flagship schools complete requirements for a bachelor’s degree within four years. These numbers rise to 75 percent and 48 percent, respectively, when students are given six years to complete their degrees. The Complete College Act strives not only to increase the number of Americans who finish their college degrees, but also to increase the number who finish within the intended four-year period.

UT Martin has already implemented the Soar in Four academic plan, approved by the UT Board of Trustees in June 2016, which encourages students to complete 15 credit hours per semester and complete their undergraduate degrees in four years. The tuition model also funded the creation of a new Office of Career Planning and Development, which helps students narrow their career goals and connect with potential internships and employers before graduation.

This model, combined with the efforts of the Complete College America teams, aims to help Gov. Bill Haslam’s higher education initiatives including the Tennessee STRONG Act and the Drive to 55 campaign.

For more information on Complete College America, visit


PHOTO ID: Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin's 11th chancellor

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