UT-Knoxville growth plan could face lack of state funding

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The University of Tennessee may struggle to get state money needed to help fund a plan that would boost enrollment at its flagship Knoxville campus by more than 20 percent in the next decade.

UT-Knoxville Chancellor Loren Crabtree says school leaders want to increase the campus' current population from 27,000 to 33,000 in hopes of making the university a top-tier research institution.

But a larger student body would require more state dollars to operate. Crabtree says school officials would consider raising tuition and fees and soliciting more private donations, but would need additional state money.

Rich Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, says the state may not be able to fund a request for additional money.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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