Governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, The College System of Tennessee consists of 40 institutions with a combined annual enrollment of over 100,000 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 148 teaching locations across the state.
In 2015, the "Focus on College and University Success Act" proposed the creation of local boards for the six public universities outside the University of Tennessee system: Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Tech University, East Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis. Per the FOCUS plan, fully implemented in 2017, the public universities are no longer governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents, yet they continue to collaborate and participate in initiatives that benefit our state's students. Each of the universities continue to participate in the TN eCampus online initiative through online course development and delivery.
Brief History of Online Education
In 2001, TBR institutions joined in a collaborative effort to offer graduate and undergraduate 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 collaborative arrangement became one of the most unique and successful models for online education in the United States receiving numerous awards and accolades.
As technology matured and distance education became a mainstream delivery method, TBR faculty began to expand their school’s academic programs to include new online offerings which supported their institution’s mission and served specific student population needs. These new distance education programs were not jointly developed or delivered through the RODP/ROCC collaborative model. As a result, awareness of these new institutional programs was not widespread across the system and state, nor were they easily accessible for review and consideration by Tennesseans who might have an interest in obtaining an online credential.
TN eCampus Initiative
Through TN eCampus, individuals considering a college education or options for accelerating degree completion can now get a comprehensive view of online programs and courses offered by TBR institutions, regardless of where or how they were developed. In total, there are 500+ online degree program options and certificates and 400+ online courses!
These online programs and 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), while many programs have additional discipline-specific national accreditation status.