In hopes of boosting the local economy, Tennessee state education officials spent roughly $1 million this past year in advertising enticing college dropouts to finish what they started.
The state's partnership with Tennessee Reconnect is just one of several comeback programs established to combat the "nearly 37 million working adolescents nationwide [that] have some college credits but no associate or bachelor's degree". By 2020, 35 percent of jobs will require at least a bachelor's degree, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Therefore, public and private universities are digging into student records and recruiting students who completed more than half the work needed to graduate.
Mississippi's public universities similarly [...]