UTC NEWS RELEASE
Wednesday, April 29, 1998
A Community Surveyed
Some 84 percent of Hamilton County residents would be interested in attending UTC themselves or having their child attend the university.
That's according to a scientific poll of county residents, conducted late last year as part of the university's information gathering leading to a new strategic planning effort. Of the 84 percent, 41 percent said they would be "very interested" in their own or a child's attendance at UTC, while 43 percent said they would be "somewhat interested" in that opportunity.
The poll of 446 Hamilton County residents was conducted by the Center for Applied Social Research at UTC, under the direction of Dr. James Fraser of the UTC sociology faculty.
"UTC values its identity as a metropolitan university," said Chancellor Bill Stacy. "Knowing what community residents think of UTC, and finding out what their goals are for the university, will be an important part of our planning in coming months."
In addition to the poll of community residents, UTC earlier this year surveyed currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff about their perceptions of UTC and their goals for the university's future. Chancellor Stacy presented the findings of the various research projects in a public forum at the university on Wednesday.
Other findings of community perceptions and knowledge about UTC included the following:
The report indicates that we have work to do on letting people know more about UTC, its opportunities, and its service to Chattanooga," said Chancellor Stacy. "But generally, it's a very good report card. Those who know us think very well of UTC."
Last updated: April 30, 1998.
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