TTU has highest persistence to graduation among all TBR institutions

One substantial indicator of a university's success is whether or not its students can persist to graduate within the expected four to six years. Student satisfaction, faculty encouragement and academic strength all play important roles to that effect.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission, in its latest Tennessee Challenge 2000 report, listed the graduation rates of all the state's public institutions, and once again, Tennessee Technological University ranked first among all other schools in the Tennessee Board of Regents System.

The findings, listed in the THEC annual report submitted last week, include top rankings for Tennessee Tech in the categories of persistence to graduation as well as ACT scores, scholar program recipients, remedial and developmental courses, and professional licensure exam pass rates.

"This report proves what we've always known," said Tennessee Tech President Angelo Volpe. "Our quality has helped us attract many of the brightest students in the state. That quality and our standards of excellence are what keeps our students here, keeps them motivated, and keeps them on a smooth course to graduation and, later, their careers."

According to the Challenge 2000 report:

Tennessee Challenge 2000 was established by THEC in 1989 to demonstrate its commitment to improved quality in higher education, its interest in fostering racial diversity and awareness, and its desire to be accountable to all who surround and influence the course of higher education in Tennessee.