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Take 15: Increase in Course Load Can Mean TSU Diploma in Four Years

According to figures from Complete College America, if 100 students entered college today in Tennessee, only 17 would graduate on time at a four-year college. Now some of the nation’s top universities and colleges across the country, including Tennessee State University, are prodding lingering students toward the graduation stage to push them to finish their degrees in four years.

It’s a move that aims to change the culture that completing a degree in four years is the exception and not the norm.

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Inspiring girls to pursue science is one of Fain’s goals for Classroom Under the Sea

The National Science Board’s 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report contains an all-too-familiar statistic.

Women account for only 28 percent of the workforce in science and engineering jobs. Elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities around the country have designed initiatives to boost that number.

Roane State adjunct professor Jessica Fain wants to do her part, and she’s willing to live underwater for 72 days to show that science is cool, for boys and for girls.

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Aristocrat of Bands Marches into History

TSU becomes first collegiate band to perform at Hall of Fame Halftime ShowTennessee State University’s Aristocrat of Bands performance concluded with a tremendous fireworks display during the Pro Foot Ball Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday, August 3. Hall of Fame inductee Claude Humphrey was on the sidelines for the show. (photos by John S. Cross, TSU Media Relations)


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101 year-old is a Vol State Lifelong Learner

Joe Spann is a genealogist and on this day he’s explaining emigration to the American Colonies. “Most of you will have ancestors in one of these groups,” he said, pointing to a projection that lists Scots-Irish, Quaker, English Elite and Puritans. If it sounds like a history class, it is, of sorts. But it’s for a different group of students than you might normally expect at Volunteer State Community College. These are Lifelong Learners, many of them retirees, looking for some intellectual fun. The group is attending one in a series of lectures called KEY Lifelong Learning at Vol State.

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TTU-affiliated center aims to improve population, economic health

Thad Perry is a psychologist by training, but he’s also really good at finding patterns in data and is passionate about population health.

Perry combined these talents to make his career. He’s now in Cookeville as the director of Tennessee Tech University’s Center for Healthcare Informatics.

The center analyzes data to find ways to improve the quality of healthcare while reducing healthcare costs.

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NIH gives MTSU nearly $400K for more treadmill research

For three years, Middle Tennessee State University’s exercise science experts have worked wonders with people who suffer from incomplete spinal cord injuries.

Now the National Institutes of Health is giving them an opportunity that could change the way health professionals treat these patients, who retain some preservation of sensation or motor function at the lowest segment of the spinal cord.

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Columbia State Breaks Ground on Williamson Campus

Photo Caption: Pictured, left to right: Rogers Anderson, Williamson County mayor; Don Webb, Williamson Medical Center CEO; John Morgan, Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor; Rep. Charles Sargent; Dr. Janet F. Smith, Columbia State president; Dr. Ken Moore, Franklin mayor; Marty Schweinhart, Community Health Systems executive vice president of administration; Corinne Bergeron, Jackson National Life corporate social responsibility manager; and Barry White, Columbia State Foundation chair. Photo credit: Sarah B. Gilliam  
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Dr. Daryl A. Carter named associate editor of 'Critical Conversations'

Dr. Daryl A. Carter named associate editor of 'Critical Conversations'

JOHNSON CITY (July 16, 2014) – An East Tennessee State University history professor is the associate editor of a forthcoming new journal that is expected to play a role in shaping state economic policy and drawing students and faculty to universities and colleges in Tennessee.

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TTU President Oldham honored with TCPRA’s Otis Floyd Award

Tennessee Tech University President Phil Oldham recently was honored by the Tennessee College Public Relations Association with the Dr. Otis Floyd Jr. Award, presented annually to a higher education administrator in Tennessee to recognize superior achievement in innovation, leadership, vision and communication.

Known for his vision, understanding and integrity, Floyd was the first African‐American chancellor of the State Board of Regents for Tennessee and former president of Tennessee State University.


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