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Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives

Grants and Programs

2017-2018 Completion Agenda Support Grants

The TBR Completion Initiative Grants are designed to provide support for institutional efforts towards furthering the state’s goal of increasing the educational attainment level of all citizens, with a focus on underrepresented and other targeted student populations. 

These initiatives are specifically designed to assist campuses to implement programs that align with the system and campus student success and completion agenda, Access to Success initiative, as well as strategic diversity planning efforts. 

These grants are specifically are targeted for programs that align with the system and campus student success efforts, completion agenda, and strategic diversity planning efforts.  Funding made available under this program is intended to enhance an institution’s opportunity to explore promising best practices and new initiatives to increase student success for all student populations, and determine whether the results are such that the campus should invest in the program going forward.

For the 2017-2018 grant cycle, there are two distinct grant opportunities available to campuses:

  1. Student Engagement, Retention, and Success Initiative (SERS)-administered by the Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives (OESI). PDF icon Click here to download eligibility requirements and information. File Click here to download the SERS Grant 2017-2018 Application.
  2. Course Revitalization- administered by the TBR Office of Academic Affairs. Application and Instructions will be posted shortly. Questions should be directed to

Maxine Smith Fellows Program

The Maxine Smith Fellows Program was designed to provide opportunities for African-American TBR employees to participate in a working and learning environment that would enhance work experience and career development. The TBR central office remains committed to the program as a tool for enhancing opportunities and as a means to increase the diversity of ideas, thoughts and experiences that ultimately enhance the educational environment at our institutions.

Learn more about the program.

Tennessee Board of Regents Doctoral Scholars Program (TBR-DSP)

The TBR understands that diversity in the faculty ranks is an essential element to creating diverse learning environments, and also plays a significant role in the successful recruitment and retention of diverse students. To this end, we have partnered with the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) Doctoral Scholars Program. The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program has been in existence since 1993 and its primary purpose is to increase the number of minority (or underrepresented) students who earn a doctoral degree and seek to become college and university faculty members. This partnership focuses on our five Ph.D.-granting institutions and will benefit TBR campuses by allowing us to address an internal desire to diversify the classroom by focusing on both students and faculty.

Learn more about the program.