The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

UT Board approves doctoral program and tuition increase

With the approval of the UT Board of Trustees, the doctoral program in education leadership moves a step closer to implementation at UTC. The program also requires approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). The University hopes to offer the program in fall 2005.

The University of Chattanooga Foundation would provide a grant of $250,000 for start-up costs.

According to Dr. Mary Tanner, dean of the UTC College of Health, Education and Applied Professional Studies, the doctoral program in education leadership is designed for working education and corporate professionals who would attend classes on weekends.

Elementary, middle, and high school principals could further their education when the degree program is offered. Less than 10 percent of the 81 public school principals in Hamilton County have their doctoral degrees.

The Board of Trustees also approved a 7.9 percent tuition increase for all the UT campuses. For UTC, that means undergraduate in-state tuition and fees will cost a total of $2,047 each semester, beginning in fall 2004.