The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing body of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee. The TBR system consists of 46 institutions with a combined annual enrollment of over 200,000 students, making 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 Tennessee Board of Regents system is the primary vehicle for higher education access in Tennessee. Our vision is a Tennessee population and workforce with the knowledge and skills to be competitive in the world economy. The TBR system, both as a set of 46 individual institutions and as a collaborating and integrated system of education, seeks to raise the education and skill levels in Tennessee through quality programs and services, efficiently delivered.
To address this mission, TBR operates three types of institutions:
• universities, offering four-year and graduate degrees (6 universities - Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Tennessee Technological University and the University of Memphis);
• community colleges, offering two-year degrees and technical certificates (13 colleges - Chattanooga State Community College, Cleveland State CC, Motlow State CC, Northeast State CC, etc.); and
• colleges of applied technology (27 colleges - All have the same name with city identifier - Tennessee College of Applied Technology), offering technical certificates.
Because of its scope, both geographically and educationally, the TBR system is well situated to address the state’s need for a trained workforce and a better-educated population. The education attainment levels in Tennessee are currently substantially below the national average, making it difficult for Tennessee to develop and attract the kinds of well-paying jobs relevant to the nation’s knowledge-based economy. The lack of education attainment stands in the way of the state’s prosperity as well as that of its individual citizens.
• The other higher ed system in Tennessee is the University of Tennessee system, where all the campuses have "University of Tennessee" in their name and use a consistent system logo. (The UT system is smaller but much more visible - the main UT campus is the state's flagship university.)
• Each of the TBR's 6 universities and 13 community colleges has its own logo/brand. The 27 colleges of applied technology have one common logo.
• The TBR has an official seal (which can be provided), but our Board members have requested a logo be developed to help market the TBR and develop a broader understanding of what TBR is.
• We hope to develop a stronger brand image for the TBR System. The logo will need to be used to represent the governing body for each institution.