University of Tennessee discovers it must offer speech, hearing center

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An old gift has presented a new problem for budget-cutting administrators at the University of Tennessee.

UT President John Petersen's plans to eliminate the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the main campus in Knoxville has run up against a 1958 agreement obligating UT to operate a hearing and speech center in Knoxville through 2057.

Based on that finding, the university says it will continue to offer those clinic services, but will try to find private or public-private funding to pay for them.

That way, administrators still can make the $1.4 million program cut, part of $11.1 million in mandated cuts to the main campus to offset reduced state appropriations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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