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

Recharging for Veterans – Our Experience at the 46th NAVUB Conference

There are 68 Veteran Upward Bound programs across the US dedicated to helping Veterans transition back to school. The personnel who run these are passionate about helping their Veterans overcome unique challenges and empowering them to succeed in their educational goals. Once a year, they meet at the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Conference (NAVUB […]

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Award

We are excited to share that we have received a new grant from the Digital Skills, Education, and Workforce (DSEW) program within the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The state of Tennessee has allocated $162.7 million in broadband and digital opportunity grants to enhance digital access across the state. These investments will […]

ECMC Foundation Grant

We are excited to begin work on a new project funded by the ECMC Foundation! The project is led by Education Research & Opportunity Center Director and Principal Investigator Cameron Sublett in partnership with ACTE, Advance CTE, and the Tennessee Board of Regents. This project investigates the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), workforce automation, and […]