Motlow top performing college in Tennessee


Motlow State Community College is the top performing institution among all colleges and universities in The College System of Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

The numbers affirming this recognition are a product of a review of the state’s higher education performance funding formula that was published this spring. Based on Motlow’s stellar performance, THEC recommended the college receive an increase of 16.6 percent for the 2019-2020 academic year in order to further its service to a growing number of students.

Responding to the good news, Motlow President Michael Torrence said, “I continue to awake with excitement every day about where Motlow is, and more importantly, where we are going in terms of leading our students, faculty, staff, administrators, and our engaged community of supporters. We continue our momentum towards outcomes that empower our collective future.”

Torrence added, “I will clarify and point out that Motlow is performing at a higher level than any other Tennessee post-secondary institution.”

Through outcome-based funding, the state ensures that limited public money successfully produces a growing number of Tennessee students graduating on-time with marketable degrees and industry-recognized certificates. Specific areas where Motlow outperformed peer institutions include dual enrollment, associate degree graduates, and job placements.

“When Motlow performs well, the state is willing to more deeply invest in our proven patterns of success by increasing our state appropriations,” said Hilda Tunstill, Motlow vice president for finance and administration. “Motlow then invests the additional funding in expansion of student services through new or enhanced programming, equipment and building upgrades, or additional faculty and staff. This, in-turn, allows us to better serve more citizens in our eleven-county service area.”

Being at the top is nothing new for Motlow. The College has consistently been a leading performer with impressive enrollment growth and graduation rates for the last four years.

Tennessee’s higher education funding model was launched as part of a comprehensive reform agenda in 2010 called the Complete College Tennessee Act. The state’s formula accounts for 100 percent of taxpayer dollars spent to operate public colleges and universities. The formula rewards colleges for improvements across a range of student outcome categories and is designed specifically to incentivize programs that support the success of adults without degrees and students from low-income families.