TCASN advocates at the local, state, and national level for policies that increase college access and completion for underrrepresented students.

State-Level Advocacy 

TCASN serves as a resource to members of Tennessee's General Assembly who serve on education committees and works with state government agencies to provide input on policy implementation. Our focus with our state-wide advocacy efforts is on illuminating policy-related barriers that underrepresented students face in accessing and succeeding in postsecondary and elevating practices that increase college completion, particularly for low-income and first generation students. Our state advocacy work is supported by the National College Access Network.

Some of our priorities include:

Federal Advocacy

The Network serves as a resource to Tennessee's congressional delegation on federal college access and success policy issues, particularly as they affect low-income and first generation students. Our foci with federal advocacy efforts are around the areas of FAFSA simplification, sustaining the purchasing power of federal need-based financial aid, and ensuring continued availability of federal college access and success programs. Our federal advocacy work is supported by the National College Access Network.

Higher Education Equity Dashboard 

The Tennessee College Access and Success Network (TCASN) is one of seven organizations to receive a statewide advocacy grant from Conexión Américas, the lead organization of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition. The awarded grants are designed to advance the capacity of partner organizations across the state to become leading voices in education advocacy efforts, especially on behalf of communities and students of color. TCASN will use this funding to deepen our work of increasing the number of Tennesseans completing postsecondary education by creating an online dashboard to inform state policy makers of issues surrounding equity in higher education in the 2018–2019 legislative session. 

We are seeking community input on what metrics are important to track on our higher education dashboard - please share your feedback here

The Frontier Set

TCASN served as one of five organizations across the nation serving as institutional policy partners for The Frontier Set, a select group of colleges and universities, state systems, and supporting organizations committed to significantly increasing student access and success, and eliminating racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in college attainment. The Frontier Set and TCASN's work as a policy partner is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. TCASN was tasked with advocating for policies that advance the efforts of member institutions, including the Tennessee Board of Regents.