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Terrell StrayhornTerrell Strayhorn, assistant professor of higher education, adjunct assistant professor of sociology and special assistant to Provost Robert Holub, was awarded a competitive grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to support his work on improving the academic performance of ‘at-risk’ students.

The "Improving Teacher Quality" grant will provide funds for Strayhorn’s project, "Enhancing High-need Student Performance in Priority Areas: Using Culturally-Relevant Teaching Strategies in Classroom Instruction." Part of the funds will support research on the role of teachers and school counselors in shaping the college-going aspirations of students in predominantly black or low-income neighborhoods.