The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

University Begins New Doctoral Program Process

The UTC Faculty Senate recently voted 20-5 to approve a new doctoral program in educational leadership.

"This is the first step; approval must also be given by UT Board of Trustees, The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS),” according to Chuck Cantrell, spokesman for the University.

According to Dr. Mary Tanner, Dean of the College of Education, the program offers an opportunity for professionals for midcareer study.

Startup funds for the program will be paid through a $300,000 grant from the University of Chattanooga Foundation, and the program has the potential to earn up to $200,000 annually. According to Provost John Friedl, funds generated by the program will improve the university’s academic budget, which in turn could enhance other programs.

The University offers a doctorate degree in physical therapy, and a doctoral program in computational engineering awaits approval from THEC and SACS.