Profiles and Trends Glossary

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE): For undergraduate students, fall term FTE is the total number of credits attempted divided by 15. For graduate students, the fall term FTE is the total number of credits attempted divided by 12. For students in clock hour courses, the academic year FTE is the total number of clock hours divided by 900.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB):   The nation’s first interstate compact for higher education, the Atlanta-based SREB is a coalition of educators, government officials, and civic leaders interested in advancing the knowledge and improving the social and economic life of the South.

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR): One of the two public systems of higher education in Tennessee. The Tennessee Board of Regents governs 6 universities, 13 community colleges, and 27 colleges of applied technology across the state. Beginning in 2017, the 6 universities will become locally governed institutions, each with its own governing board.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT): There are 27 colleges of applied technology in Tennessee that are governed by the Board of Regents. The workforce development mission of the TCATs is to give Tennessee residents the opportunity to obtain the technical skills and professional training necessary for advancement in today’s competitive job market.

Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship (TELS): A suite of scholarship and grant programs funded by the state education lottery proceeds. These programs are intended to provide financial awards to offset costs associated with pursuing postsecondary education (e.g., Tennessee HOPE Scholarship, Dual Enrollment Grant, and Wilder-Naifeh Technical Skills Grant, among others).

Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC): The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly to coordinate and foster unity within higher education. The Commission coordinates two systems of public higher education: (1) the University of Tennessee; and (2) the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The University of Tennessee (UT): One of the two public systems of higher education in Tennessee. The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees governs 3 universities (in Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Martin), the Health Science Center, the Space Institute, the Institute for Agriculture, and the Institute for Public Service.