Despite an overall decline in enrollment of 3% from last fall, East Tennessee State University recorded a 13% increase in new student enrollments last year, second in the state behind the new university. of Tennessee-Southern.
ETSU is one of four four-year public colleges in the state to have seen an increase in the number of new students, including the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Of the 1,856 new students at ETSU this fall, 1,400 are residents of Tennessee, although there has been an overall increase in the number of out-of-state students from non-border counties.
“This is the big difference for our institution,” said ETSU President Dr Brian Noland of out-of-state enrollment, which has increased by 300 students.
Brown Hall renovations number one on THEC list
The renovations to the north side of Brown Hall, which are expected to cost $ 47.7 million, have been given top priority status for state funding by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Of the $ 47.7 million, the ETSU is expected to be 4% of that total, or roughly $ 1.9 million.
The whole project is expected to cost $ 90 million in the north. A proposal for an integrated health sciences building, $ 40.8 million, received the third funding priority, with the aim of consolidating the clinical operations of dental hygiene, family medicine and others for have clinics and classrooms in the same building. THEC also restarted $ 5.5 million in new resources for the university, as well as a 4% increase in financial support to Quillen College of Medicine and ETSU Family Practice for a total of approximately $ 1, $ 9 million.
These projects, although approved by THEC, still need to be approved by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
University seeks to close funding gap for College of Pharmacy
ETSU College of Pharmacy faces a funding gap, which the university hopes to fill with public funding – something the College of Pharmacy, which is mostly funded by tuition fees, has never received since. its creation in 2005.
“We have worked with our Legislative Delegation, with the Board of Directors and with the community to describe the important work that (Bill) Gatton (College of Pharmacy) is doing in this region, but from the time we started this work A few years ago, some things changed in Nashville, ”Noland said.
Noland said the funding for the University of Memphis acquisition of Lambeth College and the state’s acquisition of the University of Tennessee system of Martin Methodist College set a precedent for funding by the ‘State of public institutions to acquire private entities, and that he “hopes that the table has been together.”