The Center for Regional Economic Enrichment

The University of Memphis Center for Regional Economic Enrichment is focused on enhancing the educational, environmental, and economic well-being of people and places of West Tennessee and the Delta. 


Growing Relational and Occupational Wealth in West Tennessee Households: A community partnership led by the University of Memphis has been awarded a Tennessee Opportunity Pilot Initiative Implementation Grant in the amount of $25,000,000 to improve outcomes for West Tennessee’s low-income families. The grant was awarded in November 2022 by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and Families First, the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This represents the largest grant received by the University of Memphis to date.

Keep Tennessee Beautiful

Keep Tennessee Beautiful is the state level affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, and serves as a state resource for litter prevention, community greening, and recycling & waste reduction education. 

TN Delta Alliance

The Tennessee Delta Alliance (TDA) is a Byway Management Organization with a dual-purpose to manage the Great River Road National Scenic Byway and a water-based, regional Keep America Beautiful. TDA is funded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation Highway Beautification Office - Environmental Division in support of Executive Order #23 (1965), establishing a Mississippi River Parkway Commission for Tennessee.

Professional and Continuing Education

The Center’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) unit has developed an extensive record of addressing the region’s economic and workforce development needs through specialized training and community engagement with focus areas in leadership, healthcare, logistics, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and entrepreneurship.

Experiential Learning Credit

Welcome to the Experiential Learning Program! Prepare to embark on a journey of Self-Discovery.

Believing that rigorous professional and/or personal development often occurs in settings outside the traditional classroom, the University of Memphis grants Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) to students who demonstrate the academic merit of such experiences. Experiential learning is learning by doing.

Finish Line

The UofM Finish Line Program assists students who have completed 90 or more credit hours but have regrettably had to abandon their dreams of completing a college degree. Many have demonstrated the ability to be successful in college and are within a single academic year of successful graduation (i.e. 30 hours). Yet the primary reason for withdrawal at 90+ hours is exhausted financial aid and related external situations, such as needing to work full-time to support a family.

To qualify for our program, students must:

  • Have 90 or more earned credit hours
  • Have a stop-out period of at least one semester (fall or spring)
  • Have an overall and University of Memphis grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Have a maximum of 30 credit hours remaining