The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system consists of 46 institutions with a combined annual enrollment of nearly 200,000 students, ranking it 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 2001, TBR institutions joined in a collaborative effort to offer graduate and undergraduate 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 collaborative arrangement became one of the most unique and successful models for online education in the United States receiving numerous awards and accolades.
As technology matured and distance education became a mainstream delivery method, TBR faculty began to expand their school’s academic programs to include new online offerings which supported their institution’s mission and served specific student population needs. These new distance education programs were not jointly developed or delivered through the RODP/ROCC collaborative model. As a result, awareness of these new institutional programs was not widespread across the system and state, nor were they easily accessible for review and consideration by Tennesseans who might have an interest in obtaining an online credential.
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.