Driven by the mission to increase the number of Tennesseans completing postsecondary opportunities, the Tennessee College Access and Success Network aims to establish a college-going culture in communities across the state. Network staff work with member organizations and partners across all levels of learning to remove barriers to higher education, promote college persistence, and increase postsecondary completion rates for all Tennesseans. The Network supports such efforts by connecting education and community leaders, expanding and creating college access and success programs, and promoting professional education and information sharing.
The Network operates under the leadership of its Board of Directors.
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Through a Lumina Foundation for Education grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), the Tennessee College Access and Success Network formally launched in November 2010. The Network was founded under the leadership of a Partnership Council, comprised of representatives from the Ayers Foundation, Kingsport Educate and Grow, Niswonger Foundation, Oasis Center, Public Education Foundation, Southwest Tennessee Development District (REDI), tnAchieves, Tennessee Department of Education, and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Office of P-16 Initiatives. Through partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and THEC, the Network received Race to the Top funds in July 2011 to expand the reach of its services and grow its membership base.
After being "incubated," at the Oasis Center (www.oasiscenter.org) for a year, the Network received its 501c3 status and has been operating as a stand-alone organization since July 2012.