Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
The number of Tennessee students increasingly enrolled in postsecondary institutions since the introduction of Tennessee Promise (TN Promise); however, program requirements coupled with counselor behaviors related to TN Promise may lead to academic undermatch. This researcher used a qualitative research design to investigate the responses of high school guidance counselors in rural school districts in East Tennessee. Eight high school counselors participated in the study. Data analysis revealed that high school counselors encourage all eligible students to enroll in TN Promise without considering academic match. High school counselors used implicit actions and activities to enroll students in TN Promise. High school counselors view TN Promise as a back-up plan for students even when students indicate they are not interested in applying.
Tennessee Promise, Qualitative research, School counselors, High schools
Painter, Charles, "Academic Match and the Tennessee Promise: Rural High School Counselors’ Perspectives" (2019). Ed.D. Dissertations. 10.