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Monday, September 13, 1999


UTC Fall Graduate Enrollment at Record High
African-American Enrollment Increases 2 Percent

Thanks to a record 2.13 percent increase in graduate admissions, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga reported a less than one percent decrease in overall enrollment for fall 1999.

Deborah Arfken, Dean of Graduate Studies, attributes the increase in graduate enrollment to the combination of aggressive recruiting, such as increased site visits to area industries, and an increase in the types of programs offered. "We build our program one student at a time, and we do that by going out and working really hard at extensive recruitment and personal contact with our students. We have also added special programs, such as contract courses and alternative teaching certification."

UTC's combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment totaled 8,604; compared to last year's headcount of 8,682, dropping .90 percent. Undergraduate enrollment was listed at 7,216, down 1.46 percent; while graduate enrollment was up to 1,388 students from last year's headcount of 1,359.

Other figures show total African-American enrollment is up 2 percent from last year's figures for a total headcount of 1,324 African American students.

These figures are based on the 14th calendar day after the opening of classes, which is the figure used by the state as the official tally.

"We are growing as a campus, but that growth is going to be limited until we have more space available," said Dr. Bill Stacy, UTC Chancellor. "That's why our new engineering building remains a top priority for the campus and the community and we continue to look at other expansion opportunities such as new student housing, which will begin building next year. As a campus, we're going to have to take a closer look at offering more weekend and evening classes. We see this as an important area of growth."

Last updated: September 13, 1999.
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