Coursework: Dolly’s America

Dolly Parton’s America

The spring issue of UT Knoxville’s Torchbearer magazine included an article that describes a unique course at UT that analyzes popular culture as a historical source by using the life of singer-songwriter and native Tennessean Dolly Parton. When UT Knoxville’s Twitter account shared the story, Parton herself retweeted it and said, “From the girl voted in High School ‘least likely to succeed’ this sure is a blessing!”

Next came stories for the New York Times, National Public RadioRolling Stone, New York Magazine, among others.

UT Martin Sees First Enrollment Increase Since Fall 2010 →

When 6,800 students showed up for the 2017 fall semester, they included the largest freshman class since fall 2014 and marked the first UT Martin enrollment increase since 2010. Total enrollment increased 1.4 percent over 2016, while first-time freshmen jumped by 10.8 percent.  – or 102 students – compared to 946 first-time freshmen enrolled the previous fall. ACT composite scores for incoming freshmen held steady at 23, and the average high school GPA, at 3.54, is up from 3.53 in 2016.

UTIA’s College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources Hits Enrollment Record →

For the first time in 25 years, undergraduate enrollment exceeded 1,500 students—at 1,503. Why steadily increasing numbers? Associate Dean John Stier noted the reasons, and said they aren’tt hard to find.

College of Dentistry Reaccredited

The UTHSC College of Dentistry received full re-accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association, the nation’s largest dental association. The college educates more than 70 percent of dentists practicing in Tennessee and roughly half the dentists in Arkansas. Major programs in dentistry and dental hygiene were reaccredited without any recommendations, and the entire portfolio of advanced residency training programs received only a single recommendation. The reaccreditation designation lasts for seven years and follows a rigorous process of curriculum review, site visits and interviews with patients, faculty, staff, and students. The College of Dentistry is the oldest dental college in the South and third-oldest public college of dentistry in the nation.

We’re No. 1! →

When it comes to knowing dairy products, UT Institute of Agriculture students are among the nation’s best. UTIA’s Dairy Products Evaluation Team won first place at the 95th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation contest in Madison, Wisconsin. Two contestants, Michael Luethke, from Knoxville, and Katie Magee of Buffalo, New York, won the top undergraduate and graduate student awards, respectively. UTIA was best of 14 teams representing universities from across the country and one from France. The 2017 team is UTIA’s first to win the competition, with previous best finishes coming in second.

UT Martin and National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program:

College students from across the country came to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to spend three weeks studying forensic science from some of the nation’s top instructors. The students attended the National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program, hosted by the UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center and designed in part by UT Martin.

College of Pharmacy Expands Regional Tuition Program

UTHSC is home to the highest-ranked pharmacy school in Tennessee and ranked No. 17 in the country by U.S. News & World Report and, in 2017, the college became more accessible to students from parts of 13 surrounding states. The expanded regional tuition rate program spans a 200-mile radius of the college’s instructional sites on the Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville campuses. Eligible out-of-state students who had paid approximately $41,100 annually in tuition will pay approximately $26,500 as a result of the new regional tuition.

UTHSC College of Nursing Achieves 100 Percent NCLEX Pass Rate for Third Straight Year:

For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of UTHSC bachelor of Science in nursing passed the National Council Licensure Examination on their first attempt. In 2016, the national pass rate was 84.5 percent, while the pass rate across Tennessee was 87.2 percent. 

UT Martin Nursing Grads Achieve 100 Percent NCLEX Pass Rate

Every single nursing graduate of the UT Martin class of 2017 who took the mandatory National Council Licensing Examination passed the test on the first try. Passing the NCLEX is mandatory for licensure as a registered nurse.