Tennessee Tech University continues to excel on the annual Tennessee Board of Regents Report Card, placing first in five categories while also providing the second least expensive education in the state.
In the 2000 Report Card released today, TTU earned first-place rankings in student satisfaction, alumni satisfaction, graduation rates, external peer reviews, and the number of students receiving financial aid.
"Our excellent scores are proof that Tennessee Tech continues to provide a quality education and university experience at an affordable price," said TTU President Robert Bell. "Despite the ongoing budget difficulties in the state, TTU remains one of the best places in Tennessee to get an excellent education. Our staff and faculty -- and most importantly our students -- make this university one of the top institutions in the Southeast."
The annual TBR Report Card compares several accountability measures among TBR institutions. In addition to TTU, making up the TBR are Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Memphis.
Among these universities, TTU's in-state tuition and fees per semester (for the 2000 academic year) were $2,667, second only to TSU, which averaged $2,651. The average cost to attend a TBR university is around $2,795, compared to about $3,500 nationwide.
TTU's Number One Rankings
TTU repeats is first-place rankings in five categories from last year:
- Graduation rates. TTU easily surpasses other TBR universities with an average 51 percent of first-time freshmen graduating within six years. The average of all TBR universities together was 42 percent.
- Alumni satisfaction. TTU topped this list with 93 percent of alumni surveyed rating the university "excellent" or "good." TTU's percentage is significantly higher than the TBR university average of 81 percent.
- Student satisfaction. Some 91 percent TTU students surveyed rated their college experience as "very satisfied" or "satisfied." Both Memphis and ETSU ranked second with 88 percent each.
- External peer program review. TTU is the only TBR university to receive a 100 percent score in this category. Every TTU undergraduate program reviewed by external teams met at least 90 percent of established standards. The TBR university average was 71 percent.
- Financial aid awards. About 67 percent of TTU students received some sort of financial aid. The average for all TBR universities was 59 percent.
The annual TBR Report Card was started in 1997 to show accountability in Tennessee's higher education system.