UTC seeks to increase retention rate for freshmen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- University of Tennessee Chattanooga officials are eyeing the decommissioned Chattanooga State Office Building with the hope of taking a new approach to dorm life that could result in more students staying on pace to graduate.

According to university data, less than 70 percent of freshmen return for their sophomore year.

Chancellor Steve Angle told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the school needs to get better at getting students to graduate on time.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Tim Johnson says part of that formula could be putting a "super suite" room design in the old state office building.

The housing alternative combines the social aspects of UTC's current apartment model--- up to six students sharing a central living space and bedrooms -- with a compact kitchenless "suite."

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