Strategic Planning for Academic Affairs

It is more imperative than ever that Tennesseans have an opportunity to increase their level of education in order to bring about a better quality of life.  Furthermore, public higher education institutions must play an integral part in innovation, service, and outreach for the betterment and economic prosperity of Tennessee and its citizens, especially in times of deep fiscal and societal change.  With these realities as a framework, the 2015-2025 strategic plan will facilitate further progress in realizing the mission of the Tennessee Board of Regents. 

Tennessee Board of Regents Strategic Plan 2015-2025

The Tennessee Board of Regents developed a ten-year strategic plan around the Board's goal to award 43,202 undergraduate credentials in the 2024-2025 academic year.  By accomplishing this goal with linear growth over the span of the strategic plan, the Tennessee Board of Regents' institutions would be doing their part to meet the Drive to 55 target for the state of Tennessee.  At the same time, the Board must also ensure that the unique culture and personality of each institution is allowed to flourish, and that the quality of education and the institution experience remain high.  With this in mind, the plan centers around four key priorities that outline areas that are important to each of the institutions and also ensure that the system is progressing.  The four key priorities are Access, Student Success, Quality, and Resourcefulness and Efficiency. 


To fulfill its mission of service and outreach to all Tennesseans, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) System strives to increase the number and diversity of students it serves. The TBR System will broaden opportunities for those who wish to develop their professional skills, enrich their lives and engage in the workforce of the future. It will engage those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved in their pursuit of post-secondary credentials at all levels.

Student Success

Increasing the number of citizens with diplomas, certificates, and degrees is a critical focus area for the TBR System and the state. Fostering student persistence to completion enhances the growth of existing businesses, the ability to attract high paying industries, the enrichment of strong communities and the future quality of life for each student. The TBR System will structure credential and degree programs so that students may successfully graduate in a timely and cost-effective manner.


To achieve excellence in all areas of our collective mission, the TBR System must provide high quality academic programs, faculty, services and facilities at all levels. The TBR System will sustain academic rigor and be committed to continuous quality improvement processes to help students acquire and retain the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to become creative employees, dynamic leaders and conscientious citizens. Recognizing the quality expectations of a global marketplace and society, TBR System institutions, their faculty and their students will cultivate forward-looking research, explore creative expression in the arts and engage in public service activities that aspire to world-class standards.

Resourcefulness and Efficiency

The Tennessee Board of Regents Systems seeks to achieve its mission through innovation and judicious use of resources. The Tennessee state government has placed higher education in the spotlight through the Complete College Tennessee Act, the TNPromise Act and the governor’s Drive to 55 agenda. The TBR seeks to elevate the priority of higher education so that there will be full support of the funding formula and increases in state appropriations. TBR institutions will seek to identify alternate revenue enhancements and efficiently use their resources in order to sustain quality and provide access for a growing number of students.