The Academic Year 15/16 In Review

Another successful academic year has come to a close. Your hard work in pursuit of excellence has brought to fruition some spectacular results (see below), ranging from a new Carnegie Classification of Tennessee Tech to a Doctoral/Research university, a new Honors College, a new facility and director for the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence to a new Education, Research and Outreach Center accompanied with a multi-million dollar NSF grant. Additionally, we unveiled an interactive wall (Tech Wall), opened a Makers’ Space, established a division of Digital and Distance Education and witnessed an increase in the number of freshman applications. Several new programs were approved and successful audit and accreditation of some of our existing programs resulted in near perfect outcomes. We were also able to conduct successful searches for many faculty and department chair positions. The highlight of the year was a flawless Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of accreditation of the University (preliminary report) with no recommendations. Of course, there were many other marvelous achievements that I have summarized in my End-of-the-Year Statement.

I have highlighted below some of your achievements and accomplishments for which I remain grateful. As stated earlier, I have also provided more detailed information about each college and unit’s accomplishments in my End-of-the-Year Statement: End of the Year Statement.pdf

Summary of the Academic Year 2015/2016 Accomplishments at TTU

  • A flawless SACSCOC (reaffirmation of accreditation) preliminary report with no recommendations
  • A prestigious reclassification of Tennessee Tech University from the “Master’s Colleges and Universities” to the category of “Doctoral/Research Universities”
  • Establishment of the Honors College
  • FTE faculty continued to increase
  • Student-faculty ratio decreased to 19 (The ratio was 22 in 2012 and each year decreased by one point)
  • Opening of the a state-of-the-technology iMakerSpace
  • Opening of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
  • Establishment of a Division of Digital and Distance Education
  • Establishment of the Cybersecurity, Education, Research and Outreach Center
  • Establishment of a Creative Inquiry Office
  • Completion of Tech Wall (interactive wall)
  • Establishment and Inaugural session of the Transfer Preview Day
  • Increase in the number of the first-time full-time freshman applications for AY 16/17 (compared to the previous year)
  • New academic programs
  • Establishment of the Tennessee Tech Experience program (Student Success Initiatives)
  • New faculty hires
  • New deans, chairs, and directors
  • Purchase of major equipment: Steinway pianos, autoclave, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance equipment
  • Successful accreditation and audit of several programs
  • Finalized the renovation plan for the Jere Whitson building to House the division of Enrollment Management & Student Success
  • Approved Academic Affairs policies (new and revised policies)
  • Establishment of Diversity and Inclusion Committees in every college
  • Completion of the Continuity of Operations Plan for every Academic Affairs unit
  • Establishment of a Faculty Corps. Program (Outreach to K-12)


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One comment on “The Academic Year 15/16 In Review
  1. Laura Cruz says:

    Many thanks to Provost Ghorashi for his support of our new Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

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