Access & Diversity Grants


The Access & Diversity (A&D) grant program was initially established in 2008 to provide for continued implementation of initiatives to eliminate barriers to post-secondary access and diversity. In 2010 the program scope was broadened to include a focus on student success and completion to align with the Complete College Act of 2010 and the Drive to 55.

The program focuses on initiatives to increase success rates for traditionally underserved groups of students and employees. Historically these groups include, but are not limited to Black, Hispanic/LatinX employees and students, as well as low-income/Pell-eligible, and adult students.

The funds are available as block grants for student financial assistance, student recruitment and retention, faculty/staff recruitment and retention, and specific program administration costs. Institutions can also apply for additional funds through the A&D Competitive grant application process. 

Access & Diversity Competitive Grant Program

Grant Opportunities Now Closed

Course Redesign- High Impact Practice (CR-HIP)

TN Open Education Project- Cycle 3 (OER)

Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS)

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

The SERS grant cycle for 2023-2024 will be delayed due to the potential implementation of a new grant software system.

Black Male Success Initiative

Programs Currently Funded

Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS) Grants (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Austin Peay State University Increasing College Readiness and Decreasing Summer Melt: The Greater Together Bridge Program Meagan Mann
Columbia State Community College Creation of a Student-Focused Community of Practice (CoP) Patrick McElhiney
East Tennessee State University 2022-2023 Student, Engagement, Retention, and Success Michele Williams
Middle Tennessee State University Increasing Success and Retention of Female Students in Computer Science by Enhancing Two Key factors: Math Proficiency and Programming Skills Yi Gu
Nashville State Community College Supplemental Instruction Leaders Justina Rogers
Nashville State Community College Falcons SOAR Program at Nashville State Kelsey Johansen
Northeast State Community College BEARs Academy Tongai Maodzwa
Northeast State Community College Empowering English Learners Linda Calvert
Pellissippi State Community College Pellissippi State Community College and Northeast State Community College Leveraging Cross-Collaborative Learning Circles for Student Engagement Antija Allen
Pellissippi State Community College Student-Initiated Transitions Program Pilot Terry Gibson, Jr.
Pellissippi State Community College The SPIKE Academy (Strawberry Plains Increases Knowledge and Engagement) Mike North
Southwest Tennessee Community College MOMS (Meaningful Opportunities for Mothers at Southwest) Suzanne Gibson
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson Partnership for Academic Student Service Support (PASS) Kati Thomas Steele
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville Addressing Equity and Access: Removing Barriers to Dual Enrollment Nathan Garrett
Tennessee State University Professional Examination Preparation (PrEP) Triba Gary-Davis
Tennessee State University Design and Implementation of Math-Physics-Engineering Bridge Modules for minority undergraduates in Civil and Architectural Engineering Ranganathan Parthasarathy
Tennessee Technological University Podcasting: Building Community Through Storytelling Mike Gotcher
Tennessee Technological University Restart with Tech Student Engagement, Retention and Success (SERS) Grant Delia Manginelli
Tennessee Technological University Reinforce Advanced Math Placement (RAMP) Program to Improve Success in Engineering Kumar Yelamarthi

TN Open Educational Resources Grants (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Chattanooga State Community College Math 1530-OER and OEP Grant Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College ENGL 1010 and 0900 OER-OEP Grant Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College SOCI 1010-Introduction to Sociology-OEP Grant Jeff Lemon
Columbia State Community College Columbia State Community College: ENGL 1020 - English Composition II (Tier 2b) J McElhiney
East Tennessee State University CAD OER to Enhance Equity in Access Mohammad Uddin
East Tennessee State University Creating an Engaging and Inclusive Classroom through OER and OEP: World History Since 1500 Constanze Weise
Middle Tennessee State University Laying the Foundation and Opening the Gateway for Teacher Preparation Through Open Educational Resources and Practices at MTSU's College of Education Angela Hooser
Middle Tennessee State University Let's Write Together!: Creating Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Integrating Open Educational Practices (OEP) into First-Year Writing at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Erica Stone
Middle Tennessee State University OEP in Public Speaking: Learning from Students' Stories Natalie Hoskins
Nashville State Community College COMM 2025 OER Grant 2022-2023 Amy Bryant
Northeast State Community College OER for Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1030) Adriel Slaughter
Pellissippi State Community College BUSN 2395-Business Applications Amy Caponetti
Pellissippi State Community College CHEM 1110-General Chemistry I Barbara Veith
Pellissippi State Community College POLS 1010-Introduction to Political Science Jesse Cragwall
Roane State Community College OER for MATH 1130 Shelley Esquivel
Southwest Tennessee Community College MUS 1030 Introduction to Music OER Charles Pender
Southwest Tennessee Community College Ensuring Equity in Elementary Spanish via culturally relevant OER materials Dustin Williams
Southwest Tennessee Community College PSYC 2130- Lifespan Development Psychology OER Sherria King
Southwest Tennessee Community College HLTH1050 Personal Health Tier 1 2022-2023 Open Educational Resources Grant Shirley Stewart
Southwest Tennessee Community College Culturally Responsive Learning Modules for ENGL1020: Composition II Adam Sneed
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Knoxville TCAT Knoxville's OEP Student Success and Retention Fast Track Boyd Hestand
Tennessee Technological University S.T.A.T.: Business Communications I Mike Gotcher
Tennessee Technological University S.T.A.T.: Topics in American Literature Mike Gotcher
University of Memphis OER Healthcare Interpreting Course Redesign Diana Ruggiero
Volunteer State Community College Philosophical Methods Jeremy Shipley
Volunteer State Community College Learning Support Writing OER Grant Kelly Ormsby
Volunteer State Community College OER course revitalization for Early and Modern US History Online Model Courses, VolState Stella Pierce
Walters State Community College 2022-2023 Open Educational Resources Grant Christopher Morelock

Course Revitalization – Scaling HIPs at Community Colleges (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Chattanooga State Community College English 1010 with Learning Support Lab Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College QAQC 2360-2365-2367-Statistical Process Control-Project Management-Improvement Practices Jeff Lemon
Columbia State Community College HIPS: Revitalization Using Global Cultural Awareness for the Humanities Course Sequence Patrick McElhiney
Dyersburg State Community College Honors Program Transition at DSCC from Project Based to Course Based Franklin Wells
Motlow State Community College Adventures in African American Literature Donna Brewer
Southwest Tennessee Community College Equity and Adaptive Learning in Math 0530/1530 Lisa Loden
Southwest Tennessee Community College Technology Enhanced Learning for Career Communication in COMM 2025 William Turner
Southwest Tennessee Community College Service Learning in MLAB 2401 Clinical Chemistry class. Shilpa Desai
Walters State Community College Student Directed Learning in the Honors Composition Two Classroom Gracie Rossie