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|MTSU posts slight gain in undergraduate enrollment, early numbers show|
Preliminary numbers show Middle Tennessee State University’s enrollment of 22,766 is holding about steady for the 2015-16 academic year with gains reported in undergraduate students, new transfers and dual enrollment programs with area high schools. FULL STORY
Numbers as of Sunday show MTSU was up about 1 percent in new undergraduates or 36 students. MTSU’s 10.4 percent gain in new transfers or 193 new students offset its loss of first-time freshmen over last year, which is down 125 students or 4.2 percent.
The university is posting a 1,008-percent increase in dual enrollment students, from 37 students last year to 410 this year, which reflects its goal of reaching out to high-ability students at area high schools.
While the university’s overall headcount dipped slightly from last year by 145 students to 22,766, a decrease of 0.6 percent, the institution remains the largest in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee said the numbers reflect efforts to reposition the university in the light of changes brought forward by the advent of Tennessee Promise, an initiative by Gov. Bill Haslam to offer high school seniors free tuition at TBR’s community colleges.
“Our intent is to provide a quality, affordable option to students seeking a four-year university experience, while also reaching out to students seeking a transfer destination that helps them reach their goals,” he said.
“I am pleased that so many recognize the quality of our faculty, programs and facilities and place their faith in us by choosing MTSU for a full university experience,” McPhee said. “And we stand ready to partner with our community colleges in providing the next step for our new Promise students.”
International enrollment saw a 6.6 percent increase in new enrollment this year, 209 arrivals compared to 196 last year. McPhee has made international enrollment a priority and secured new cooperative agreements this year with institutions in China, Peru and The Bahamas.
Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 1:52 pm
|Salvation Army to designate rooms for single family mothers, children|
(Posted Friday, Aug. 28, 2015) For more than 20 years the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in Murfreesboro has provided thousands of nights of sheltering to single men and families to help some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Two years ago a third shift sheltering program, the first of its kind in Murfreesboro, was added to meet a growing need in our community. Staring Monday, Aug. 31, the Center of Hope will undergo another change. Family rooms will now be designated as rooms for single mothers and children. FULL STORY
Derek W. Frisby to chair MTSU panel to review Forrest Hall name
Derek W. Frisby
(Posted Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015) Derek W. Frisby, a MTSU professor whose research has examined the Civil War and how cultures memorialize military conflict, was appointed today (Aug. 27) to chair a panel to re-examine whether the university should change the name of Forrest Hall. The university announced in June that it would engage the community on the name of the campus building that houses MTSU’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program and is named after Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest. The decision came following a mass shooting at a historically black South Carolina church that prompted a national discussion about Confederate iconography on public property. FULL STORY
Eagleville Fire Department earns improved ISO rating
Fire Chief Rick Parks
(Posted Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015) The Eagleville Fire Department has seen an improvement in its ISO rating after a review earlier in the year by the Insurances Review Office (ISO). The ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program periodically reviews fire departments for their firefighting capabilities in an effort to provide a quantifiable classification to be used by insurance providers. Resulting from this year’s review, Eagleville’s PPC rating will improve to a 6/6X effective Nov. 1. The existing rating, which has been in place for a number of years, is 7/7X, also known as a 7/9. FULL STORY
|Owners of Fox Camp property withdraw their request for annexation |
(Posted Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015) Applicants wanting to have the Fox Camp property on Chapel Hill Pike annexed into the city of Eagleville have withdrawn their request. City Council members have already approved the proposed annexation on two of three readings but are expected to consider a resolution to abandon and discontinue the proceedings at their Thursday night meeting. The annexation was requested by Houston E. Hill of Nashville, who said he and Gene H. Smith became owners of the property by default. The two held the note on the loan for the property, which was sold in December 2013 at the Rutherford County Courthouse after the previous owners defaulted on the loan. FULL STORY
CUD's water line project in Eagleville nearing completion
CUD's Robert Patterson surveys boring work.
(Posted Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015) Consolidated Utility District's water line project in Eagleville is nearing completion, according to CUD inspector Robert Patterson. He estimated last Thursday that all the water lines could be tied together within the next seven to 10 days depending on the weather and the hardness of the rocks encountered. "We will then have a few small things to do such as cutting caps and some yard work and raising and lowering valve boxes," he said. Workers on the water project were busy last week on the boring project that has already gone under Cheatham Springs Road and Cheatham Branch and will go under the rock-lined Cheatham Springs discharge stream crossing. FULL STORY
|Ribbon cutting ceremony set for Historic Sam Davis Home Arboretum|
(Posted Friday, Aug. 28, 2015) The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation in Smyrna has been focusing much attention to making some of the site’s 168 acres more accessible to guests and will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the first phase of that mission – the arboretum. The ribbon cutting will be held Thursday, Sept. 10 on the grounds of the Sam Davis Home at 4 p.m. SDH staff and board members will speak prior to the ribbon cutting and guests are welcome to stay after for light refreshments. FULL STORY