TnACHE-SEED partners with middle and high schools, postsecondary educational institutions, business and industry in distressed Appalachian Tennessee counties and areas as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Its goal is to increase postsecondary education access and attainment for students in the region through the development and implementation of Postsecondary Access Programs.

TnACHE-SEED is modeled after a program started by Bob Evans, farmer, famed restaurateur and then-member of the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR). Mr. Evans suggested to college presidents that the low postsecondary enrollment rate in his native Appalachian Ohio needed to be addressed. Acting on this suggestion, the OBR funded a study, completed in 1992 and titled Appalachian Access and Success Study. Results from this definitive work on why Appalachian students do not seek a post-secondary education instigated the creation of the Ohio Appalachian Center for Higher Education (OACHE) that led to the development of other programs in Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

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