The 2015-25 TBR Strategic Plan is grounded in Tennessee’s statewide educational attainment goal to achieve 55 percent of adult Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential by 2025. To meet this goal, TBR is committed to a mission of Student Success and Workforce Development. 

TBR’s Strategic Plan establishes three key policy pillars, fulfilled by sustained emphasis on four cross-cutting themes. Together, these seven elements are the foundation of the Strategic Plan and provide a framework for how TBR pursues its mission, as well as a roadmap for its colleges to build their institution-specific Strategic Plans. 


TBR is an open-access community and technical college system that serves students of all backgrounds, demographics, income levels, readiness or circumstances and is committed to meeting student, workforce and community needs for education and training.

Data and Research Strategic Enrollment Management Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOs)


TBR values completion and is committed to helping students address and confront any existing barriers to completing their programs, whether students are pursuing a transfer degree, a diploma, a short-term certificate or other credential.

TCAT Certificate and Diploma Trends Graduation Rate from Any TBR College Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) Biennial We All Rise conference Co-requisite remediation/Learning Support High Impact Practices (HIPs) – e.g., Service Learning, Work-based learning, Relational Advising Achieving the Dream Data and Research


TBR is committed to improving the condition of individuals, families, and communities across the state, which manifests itself in tangible ways such as economic vitality and mobility, but also by improving and enriching the communities it serves.

Economic Reach & Impact Report TN Trained Economic impact studies TBR Warranty Program SkillsUSA


Advising Academy    
Analysis of State and Regional Labor Supply and Demand Data    
Apprenticeship Program Development and Expansion    
Biennial We All Rise Conference
COVID-19 Vaccine Points of Distribution    
Economic Impact Studies    
Gateway Course Academy  
Tennessee Pathways
Tennessee Transfer Pathways    
TN Higher Education in Prison Project
Workforce Middle College  



To meet the challenges it faces, TBR will need to pursue and embrace innovations that improve the ways it educates, trains and serves students. A hallmark of Tennessee and TBR in recent memory, the commitment to innovation will push us to explore how we reimagine instruction to meet students’ needs, to rethink our current student service structures, and to reinvent systems that are outdated and misaligned with our current and future student needs and challenges. 

Academic Mindset    
Apprenticeship Program Development and Expansion    
Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
Co-Requisite Placement Pilot Project  
Co-Requisite Learning Support  
Competency Based Education    
Comprehensive Learner Record  
Data Science Grants
Gates Foundation Frontier Set  
High-Impact Practices    
Re-imagining General Education  
Student, Engagement, Retention, and Success Grants    
TBR Warranty Program    
Tennessee Open Education  
Tennessee Pathways    
Tennessee Reverse Transfer
Tennessee Transfer Pathways    
TN eCampus  
TN Promise    
TN Reconnect    



TBR leverages its structure as a system to serve colleges and students more efficiently and effectively. The system office implements shared services and operates other college functions that are more difficult or costly to do individually, such as business functions, data capacity, information technology and others. Furthermore, we help build college capacity by identifying, evaluating, promoting and investing in best practices.