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History Department earns perfect score on THEC standards

An external reviewer recently rated the History Department 100% on Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s assessment standards, commending the department for its extraordinary accomplishments. The review was part of the department’s academic program review process, with exemplary faculty cited as the major strength of the History Department.

“He noted that the faculty deserves recognition for maintaining high standards by continuing to require rigorous essay examinations and research papers despite heavy teaching loads,” said Meredith Perry, Grant Specialist. “The reviewer also applauded the addition of courses in African American History, a development which has broadened and diversified the curriculum and provided additional opportunities for community outreach.”

Through the coordination of the history department, a number of students engage in internships at museums and other history-related sites. Students also benefit from opportunities to work closely with faculty in research projects.

Current students and alumni enthusiastically support these observations, having provided comments about the generally positive atmosphere in the History Department.

“These positive accolades are well-deserved and document the department's success in providing challenging and enriching educational experiences for UTC students,” Perry said.

March 31, 2006

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