UTC Regional Tuition Program Extended, Tuition Increases Approved

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved an extension of the UTC regional tuition rate program for undergraduates and graduate students. The program is offered to students in seven counties in north Georgia and Alabama. Students pay in-state tuition plus 25 percent of out-of-state tuition.  Visit UTC Admissions for more information.

Additionally, the UT Board of Trustees passed  a revision of UTC freshman admission requirements as a follow-up to changes made two years ago to improve freshman retention. Requirements will change from 18 ACT and 2.8 GPA or 21 ACT and 2.3 GPA to 18 ACT and 2.8 GPA or 21 ACT and 2.5 GPA. The change will be in effect for fall 2014. UTC data shows students who have had at least a 2.5 GPA have a freshman retention rate of 91 percent compared to 70 percent for those who have had less than a 2.5 GPA. 

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved a $1.99 billion budget for fiscal year 2014 that reflects an 8.8 percent increase in state appropriations over a year ago.  The UT Board also approved a six percent tuition increase.

For UT-Chattanooga, the tuition increase will include funding for new faculty hires, academic scholarships and faculty and staff salaries.  The tuition increase revenue will also be used to offset operating cost increases from rising utilities, contractual service increases and inflationary costs for campus facilities and library acquisitions.

An in-state undergraduate student with at least 12 credit hours can expect to pay $343 a year more, for in-state undergraduates ($6,065 a year total) and $412 a year more for in-state graduate students ($7,272 a  year total). 

While state appropriations are rebounding from the economic downturn and are up $38 million from last year to $469.9 million, levels remain below FY08 and continue to account for a smaller portion of the budget than tuition revenues.

“As we end the fiscal year and start the new one, the theme that comes to mind is optimism,” UT System President Joe DiPietro told the trustees during his report. “We have a strong budget from the state, and most numbers are better than in most years although much of the increased state funding is earmarked for specific programs and not for general funds.”

Cleveland State Recognizes Tennessee Promise/Tennessee Reconnect Students With Special Welcome Week Celebration

Cleveland State Community College officials say they will offer a “sunny” welcome to both new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect students arriving on campus this week with a special celebration on Thursday during the college’s Convocation at 12:30 p.m. the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.  Under the theme “My Future’s So Bright,” Tennessee Promise and Reconnect ... (click for more)

Ruth S. Holmberg Grants Honor And Fund UTC Faculty Research

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga announces recipients of the 2016-2017 Ruth S. Holmberg Grants. "From helping veterans, US roads, and studying voting data from this year’s election, our faculty are involved in innovative research and advancing their respective fields," officials said. Congratulations were expressed to the following recipients: Dr. Zibin Guo, ... (click for more)

State Board In Nashville Approves New Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

Members of the board of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency in Nashville on Wednesday unanimously approved a new $25 million Behavioral Health Hospital planned by Erlanger Health Systems on Holzclaw Avenue.   Parkridge Valley Hospital and CADAS had opposed the issuance of Certificate of Need.  The 88-bed facility will provide "acute adult inpatient ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah & The Bullies

During the week of Christmas I got an email from a longtime friend at the Knoxville News-Sentinel that laughingly wondered what kind of basketball do you people play (in Chattanooga?) It included sketchy details of the rape, and subsequent surgery, of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who had been assaulted by his own teammates at a Gatlinburg holiday tournament. Today ... (click for more)