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ROTC receives first approval by faculty

A proposed ROTC program at UTC took another step forward, passing a first reading by the UTC faculty. Pending second approval UTC could begin enrolling ROTC students in Fall 2007.

In summer 2006, Acting Provost Herbert Burhenn appointed a faculty committee, headed by Dr. Bob Swansbrough, professor in the Political Science Department and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, to initiate steps for the approval of the ROTC program.  The committee members were Dr. Jim Cunningham, Engineering; Dr. Bruce Hutchinson, Economics; Bill Prince, Library; Dr. Manuel Santiago, Chemistry; Dr. Tom Ware, English; and Dr. Steve White, Management.

“We concluded that the ROTC proposal has considerable merit to attract new students to UTC, provide additional financial assistance to our students and prepare interested students for careers in the Army, National Guard, Army Reserves, Nurse Corps and Chaplain Corps,” Swansbrough said.

The ROTC faculty committee spent more than a month developing a UTC needs assessment survey, which was administered to 944 undergraduate students, primarily freshmen, enrolled in English 121 classes, and the results were analyzed.

“The data we obtained clearly revealed substantial UTC student interest in an ROTC program that would help high school recruitment, provide an additional source of scholarship assistance and offer future career options,” Swansbrough said.

In January, an Army officer will be assigned to Chattanooga to recruit students and make arrangements to launch the UTC ROTC program in Fall 2007. 

“Since the Fall 2006 semester began, our ROTC faculty committee has been adapting the Army's standardized syllabi and UTK course materials to fit UTC's curriculum proposal format,” Swansbrough said.  “The curriculum is standardized by the Army for all 273 ROTC units across the country. Initially UTC's ROTC program would be a satellite campus of the ROTC program at UT-Knoxville. We found that 31 other Tennessee higher education institutions already have ROTC programs on their campuses.”

UTK ROTC commander Col. Marshall Ramsey will serve as department head of the UTC ROTC program.

November 10, 2006

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