High Quality


High impact



The mission of the Education Research & Opportunity Center at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is to produce high-quality research, conduct high-impact outreach, and promote effective policies and practices that increase educational success and opportunity.


Our research informs our outreach; our outreach informs our research. Our research and outreach inform–and is informed by–our strategic partnerships with policymakers, education systems and advocates. Together, we help schools and students succeed by improving policies and practices across the classroom-to-career pipeline.

Our Vision


Our research, technical assistance and evaluation expertise span the classroom to career pipeline, from early childhood to adult education. Learn more about our work, our nationally recognized faculty and our commitment to producing timely, solutions-oriented research.


We are home to five thriving, U.S. Department of Education TRiO outreach and student services programs, each designed to increase college access and success for first-generation, low-income students in the East Tennessee and surrounding rural areas.

Recent News

We cordially invite you to attend an insightful guest presentation by Sophie McGuiness, a distinguished Ph.D. candidate from Vanderbilt University. This event is planned to take place on Thursday, March...

By Karina Beltrán On February 4, 2024, the TRIO programs at UTK ERO proudly represented our university and center at the annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity...

by Karina Beltrán As an Educational Specialist with Pre-College Upward Bound (PCUB), Renda Crowe has had the unique opportunity to make a tangible difference in the academic journeys of high...

I’ve been on ChatGPT a lot lately and—apparently—I’m not the only one. I’m not actually using it (though I intend to); I’m there to gawk over what it can do—and,...

Math and Science Upward Bound students provided community service outreach to Andersonville Elementary School and led a STEM Bridge Building challenge for their summer school participants.

In August 2021, Education Research & Opportunity Center Pre-College Upward Bound (PCUB) Project Director Jonathan Curry was featured in a WBIR Channel 10 article where he highlighted the important work...

Earlier this year Dr. Robert Kelchen was invited to share his expertise on college finance and affordability or Consider This on National Public Radio (NPR).

Dr. Cameron Sublett recently penned a guest blog on EdWeek where he discussed the potential impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the career outcomes of graduates from