Governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, The College System of Tennessee consists of 40 institutions with a combined annual enrollment of over 140,000 students, ranking it among the nation's largest systems of public higher education.
The System's 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology offer classes in 175+ teaching locations across the state.
TN eCampus Initiative
Through TN eCampus, students needing online courses to remain on track for degree completion or to maintain full- or part-time status can fill schedule gaps through the TN eCampus partnership. All thirteen community colleges and several locally governed public universities in Tennessee participate in course delivery through the online partnership which launched in fall 2001.
Over 450 online courses are available through TN eCampus including many of the core General Education courses that are transferable among partner institutions. Additionally, many of the General Education and Major Field Core courses needed for A.A.S. degree completion at our System’s community colleges are available through TN eCampus. The courses are rigorously designed and academically equivalent to those offered at physical campus locations. A variety of student support resources are available, including an online bookstore, 24/7 technical support, tutoring, test proctoring and disability services, to help students excel in an online learning environment.
TN eCampus courses are equivalent to those offered at physical campus locations. No differentiation is made between online and on-ground delivery on transcripts or diplomas. All participating institutions are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The TN eCampus partnership supports the "Drive to 55" initiative to equip more Tennesseans with a degree or certificate by 2025.
Brief History of Online Education in Tennessee
In 2001, TBR institutions joined in a cooperative effort to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and diplomas online through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) which later became known as the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC). Initially, the jointly-developed programs were created to offer more flexible and accessible education options for adult learners. This development and delivery model became one of the most unique and successful models for online education in the United States receiving numerous awards and accolades.
The online education offered through the cooperative model mirrors the same education offered at physical campus locations. All participating institutions are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), while several programs have additional discipline-specific national accreditation status.
Students have the opportunity to choose a "home campus" from among participating universities awarding Bachelor's and Master's degrees, 13 community colleges providing Associate degrees and 27 colleges of applied technology offering technical certificates and diplomas. Individuals apply for admission, register for courses, and are awarded degrees, diplomas, or certificates from the home campus.