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Centers and Outreach

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies maintains oversight for several centers and outreach efforts including UT’s Project Grad Summer Institute and the Education Research & Opportunity Center (ERO). Read more about each below or reach out to ELPS for more information.

The University of Tennessee Project GRAD Summer Institute provides a unique opportunity for students to participate and gain experience in an academic setting. The week-long residential program exposes students to the academic expectations of college and the personal dimensions needed to succeed as a college student. The Summer Institute also helps students think critically about college as a viable possibility.

The Summer Institute began in 2001 as a collaboration between Project GRAD, Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This pre-college program is administered out of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences under the direction of Dean Bob Rider.

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.