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TTU one of Top 10 “Public Regional Universities” in the South

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 Tennessee Tech is one of the Top 10 “Public Regional Universities” in the South, according to the publisher of U.S.News and World Report.

TTU’s ranking is the top listing for a Tennessee public university in that category for the southern region. States included in the region are Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

It’s the university’s ninth year being ranked one of the best in the region as TTU earned the 29th spot among Best Regional Universities in the South, which includes public and private schools, in the 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.

The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, will also be published in the September issue of the U.S.News & World Report magazine, on newsstands starting Aug. 31.

“As we plan for new experiences for our students, such as learning communities, and as we focus on their needs, we are pleased to see these rankings reflect our efforts to serve students,” said TTU President Bob Bell. “We continue to focus on excellent academic offerings and exceptional education value.”

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

TTU’s ranking indicates that 82 percent of its faculty members are full-time. About 37 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. Fifty-three percent of TTU entering freshmen are classified in the top 25 percent of their high school class.

The main rankings are separated into four main categories, which have changed from previous years: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. These categories are further subdivided by geographic region.

Universities within the regional university category, such as TTU, offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but fewer doctoral programs (if any) compared to institutions listed in the national category.

TTU offers doctoral degrees in engineering, education and environmental sciences.

The regional university category is separated by region because, in general, schools in this category tend to draw students heavily from surrounding states. While TTU typically attracts most of its students from within the state, last year the university enrolled students from 40 other states and 65 foreign countries.


TTU degrees give grads highest salary potential of Tenn. public universities

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— Tennessee Tech University offers students with a bachelor’s degree the highest beginning and mid-career salary potential of any public university in the state.

According to Payscale.com, the starting median salary for a Tennessee Tech graduate is $44,500. After 15 years of experience, the median salary is $80,300, as reported by TTU graduates.

Payscale.com is a company that owns the largest online employee salary database in the world and specializes in compensation data.

Also in the report, professional mechanical engineering graduates named Tennessee Tech University’s College of Engineering the 19th most popular destination of mechanical engineering majors in the country and the 2nd most popular in the southeastern region behind only Georgia Tech.

TTU offers six of Payscale.com’s Top 10 College Majors that Lead to High Salaries: chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, economics, physics, and applied mathematics.

Tennessee Tech is known as Tennessee’s technological university, but houses six strong academic divisions offering 44 bachelor’s degrees and 20 graduate programs -- the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Payscale.com issues an annual College Salary Report that focuses on the country’s most lucrative majors to help students maximize their potential for getting the best monetary return on their college investment.

For more information, visit http://www.payscale.com/best-colleges.


TTU named to "Best in the Southeast" list by The Princeton Review for seventh year

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Tennessee Tech University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast for the seventh consecutive year, according to The Princeton Review.

Tennessee Tech is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in the "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," released yesterday by PrincetonReview.com.

“To be one of the best colleges in our region, we have committed to offering our students academic excellence and challenges, social opportunities and a solid start at life-long success—all at a good value,” said TTU President Bob Bell.

The 133 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Collectively, the “regional best” colleges account for about only 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

In the profile, Tennessee Tech is described as a “rural university with friendly people” located in a scenic area. There are more than 40 majors and the music and nursing programs are “extremely good.”

Students also said Tennessee Tech offers “a good education for a steal of a price.” The engineering program has a “mathematically demanding” reputation and TTU is good at finding “co-ops, internships, and eventually jobs” for its future engineers. Many classes are challenging.

Other students talked about challenging classes, but said there are free and “very helpful” tutoring labs around campus. The professors are “generally good” who “will talk individually with you about anything you need.”

"We're pleased to recommend Tennessee Tech University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/publishing. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

The publication winnows the list based on institutional data collected directly from the schools, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of the publication staff, plus college counselors and advisers.  They also take into account what students at the schools reported about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey.   Only schools that permit the publication to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for the regional best lists.

For more information, visit http://www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.




Fast Track 2+2 registration still open, attend meeting in Crossville

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There is still time to apply for the Fast Track 2+2 Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tennessee Tech University beginning this fall at the Roane State Campus in Crossville. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, July 13, at noon and 5:30 p.m. CST. The meeting will take place at the Cumberland County Higher Ed Center, Room 144, 2567 Cook Rd., in Crossville. For more information contact Debbie Thurman, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (931) 484-7413.


Bees abuzz on campus

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thumb_Dr_Green_beesThere’s no gossip, but a literal buzz, coming from Tennessee Tech University this weekend as about 400 Heartland Apicultural Society members swarm campus for their annual meeting.

Apiculture, the keeping of bees on a large scale, promises to offer sustainable pollination and of course, honey, on TTU’s Waters Farm, so this was a natural fit for the organization.

“We purchased 12 colonies for a faculty grant research projects, and this conference will allow us to highlight several opportunities, including our university’s commitment to the green revolution and sustainable agriculture,” said Bruce Greene, TTU agriculture professor.

Nathaniel Collett, an agriculture major helping Greene manage the bees, says this summer the bees are being fed sugar water two days a week because they arrived  between flowering seasons.

“Next summer, we expect the bees to pollinate plants on the farm and begin producing honey we can sell on campus and in the community at the Farmer’s Market,” said Collett.

The conference, hosted in cooperation with the University of Tennessee, meant having to provide colonies, which house about 2,000 bees each, in a convenient location for training.

That location, temporary home to six colonies brought by UT representatives for demonstrations, turned out to be President Bob Bell’s Walton House lawn. Collett says the area is clearly marked so the bees aren’t a danger to unsuspecting visitors.

Conference topics include the expected getting started in beekeeping, queen-rearing basics, and honey management, but there’s also drama and conflict covered during “Bear vs. Beekeepers” and “Blue Sky, Dragonflies, and How to Keep Our Bees out of the Neighbor’s Pool.”

HAS was founded in 2001, and according to agricultureguide.com, today there are more than 210,000 beekeepers in the United States who maintain more than 3 million bee hives.

Bee facts from honeybee.com

  • There is only one reproductive bee, the queen, in each hive.
  • The queen can lay from 1,500 to 3,000 eggs per day.
  • The life span of a worker honeybee is only four to six weeks during the summer, and as many months in the winter.
  • It takes 8 to 10 pounds of nectar to make a pound of honey.
  • It takes 8 to 10 pounds of honey to make a pound of beeswax.
  • To produce a pound of honey, bees travel about 55,000 miles, and visit some 2 million flowers.
  • The average American consumes about 1.3 pounds of honey per year.

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