Methods of Administration


The purpose of the Methods of Administration (MOA) program is to ensure that all students, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability, have equal access to high-quality career and technical education programs. Through the authority of Methods of Administration, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) oversees compliance of career and technical education programs. Title VI (Appendix B) and Title IX (Appendix A & Section 504) define the responsibilities under the MOA program in the Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, and Handicap in Vocational Education Programs.

State Requirements

Under the MOA Guidelines, each state must have a “Methods of Administration” compliance program to prevent, identify, and remedy race, color, national origin, sex, and disability discrimination in its subrecipients’ career and technical education programs by:

  • Collecting & analyzing civil rights data and information

  • Conducting periodic compliance reviews of select subrecipients

  • Providing technical assistance to subrecipients on request

  • Periodically reporting its activities and findings to OCR

The Tennessee Board of Regents works with the 40 community and technical colleges in the State toward compliance with the Methods of Administration Program.


Collaboration between the Office for Civil Rights and the State agency has been important for the Methods of Administration program. To guide and assist in the civil rights compliance activities, OCR:

  • Evaluates State agency compliance reports

  • Provides individualized recommendations for improvement of State agency compliance programs

  • Conducts an annual training conference

  • Provides case-specific technical assistance

For questions, please contact the TBR MOA Team, or Michael Tinsley, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success,