The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system consists of 46 institutions and is among the nation's largest systems of public higher education.
TBR's six state universities, 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology offer classes in almost all of Tennessee's 95 counties. The TBR system is a $2.2 billion per year enterprise.
Brief History of Online Education in Tennessee
In 2001, TBR institutions joined in a cooperative effort to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and diplomas online through the Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) which later became known as the Regents Online Campus Collaborative (ROCC). Initially, the jointly-developed programs were created to offer more flexible and accessible education options for adult learners. This development and delivery model became one of the most unique and successful models for online education in the United States receiving numerous awards and accolades.
The online education offered through the cooperative model mirrors the same education offered at physical campus locations. All participating institutions are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), while several programs have additional discipline-specific national accreditation status.
Students have the opportunity to choose a "home campus" from among the 6 universities awarding Bachelor's and Master's degrees, the 13 community colleges providing Associate degrees and the 27 colleges of applied technology offering technical certificates and diplomas. Individuals apply for admission, register for courses, and are awarded degrees, diplomas, or certificates from the home campus.
TN eCampus Initiative
Through TN eCampus, individuals considering a college education or options for accelerating degree completion can now get a comprehensive view of online programs and courses offered by TBR institutions, regardless of where or how they were developed. In total, there are 500+ online degree program options and certificates and 400+ online courses!
These online programs and courses are equivalent to those offered at physical campus locations. No differentiation is made between online and on-ground delivery on transcripts or diplomas. All participating institutions are regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), while many programs have additional discipline-specific national accreditation status.