Office of Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives

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Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity

It is the intent of the Tennessee Board of Regents that the Board of Regents and all of the institutions within the Tennessee Board of Regents System will promote and ensure equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, ethnic or national origin, disability status, age or status as a protected veteran and shall fully comply with Executive Order 11246, as amended; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended; the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended; the Age Di

Achieving the Dream


All TBR colleges are engaged with Achieving the Dream, a community college reform network focused on equity and student success.  Tennessee’s involvement with ATD goes back to 2015 when the state provided initial funding for two community colleges to join the network. By 2018 all 13 TBR community colleges were ATD network members and in 2020 all of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology joined the network as well.

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.


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