Archive | September, 2008

The Tusculum College Center for Global Studies launches website

Posted on 11 September 2008 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

The web page for the new Tusculum College Center for Global Studies has been launched and may be accessed as one of the links under the ACADEMICS section on this page.

The mission of the Center for Global Studies, which is being directed by Dr. Geir Bergvin from his new office location on the first floor of the Thomas J. Garland Library, is to enhance the capacity of individuals and organizations to address local and global challenges through building relationships with communities, institutions of higher learning and organizations globally.

A variety of information about the Center is accessible on its web page.  Please visit the page and acquaint yourself with this important new component of Tusculum College.

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Tusculum College sees historic milestone in statistics for 2008-2009 academic year

Posted on 09 September 2008 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College has reached a historic milestone with the entrance of its 2008-2009 crop of new students who have matriculated and are taking classes, a group that appears to be the largest of its type in college history.

That is just one of several positive factors that Tusculum College leaders have identified in statistics relevant to the academic year that started in August.

Tusculum College enrolled the apparent largest “true entering matriculated class” in its history, according to Vice President for Enrollment Management Jacqueline Elliott.

Those 344 newly entered Tusculum students also boast an average academic Grade Point Average of 3.22, higher than the 3.17 average GPA of last year’s counterpart group, Elliott noted. The current year’s entering group has an average score of 1010 on the SAT Reasoning Test, formerly known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), bettering last year’s average of 990. Scores on the ACT admission test held steady with last year’s.

Of Tusculum College’s new entering students, 138 are first-generation college students, meaning they are the first in their families to attend college.

Two-hundred-seventy-five of the students were traditional new freshmen who paid deposits, enrolled and began attending classes. Fifty-seven others were transfers to Tusculum from other schools, while 12 are international students.

The entering group is ethnically diverse. Two-hundred-fifty-seven students are classified as white, non-Hispanic, two students are American Indians, five are Asian, 66 are black, six are Hispanic, two are Mexican American, and six are classified as “other.”

Twenty-three American states are represented among the entering students. Besides those who come from the United States, students in the group also come from Australia, Canada, Croatia, England, Ireland, Taiwan and Ukraine.

Tusculum College’s tougher standards, improving numbers and heightened selectivity have improved its ranking on one of the nation’s most famous and closely watched college listings, the U.S. News and World Report’s annual higher education edition

Tusculum College, classified as a “southern regional masters two South” institution in U.S. News, moved up this year in the magazine’s ratings and is now ranked among schools positioned just below the top schools sharing Tusculum’s classification.

Unlike many of the small colleges in its region, which compete with other baccalaureate institutions, Tusculum College has to compete in the U.S. News rankings with other masters-granting institutions as well, because of its classification.

Factors relevant to the improved ranking for Tusculum College include an alumni giving rate that put the college at level 47, up from 53 last year and 72 the year before that.

Also, Tusculum College’s small average class sizes – 78 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students – was a factor in the higher tier level.

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Tusculum students doing community service for McCormick Day

Posted on 09 September 2008 by tcrabtree@tusculum.edu

Freshmen at Tusculum College will be busy on Thursday, Sept. 11, working on various community projects in and around the Greeneville-Greene County area as the college observes its traditional Nettie Fowler McCormick Service Day, usually referred to informally as Nettie Day.

The service day, the name of which references the late Nettie F. McCormick, a major Tusculum benefactor from about a century ago, is a day in which students are called upon to provide practical help to good causes throughout the community. The service emphasis is a memorial to the altruism of McCormick, whose husband, Cyrus McCormick, was famed as the inventor of the mechanical reaper.

The McCormicks gave much of their vast fortune to causes they believed in, particularly causes associated, as is Tusculum College, with Presbyterianism.

This Thursday morning, participating students will scatter across the area, under faculty supervision, to work on such projects as playground and grounds improvements at Greeneville’s Boys and Girls Club, mulching and planting at the Greene Valley Developmental Center, painting at the Roby Fitzgerald Adult Center in Greeneville, and cleaning in the historic Wesley Cemetery, a predominately African-American cemetery.

Other projects are also scheduled or may be scheduled prior to Thursday.

Nettie Day is an old tradition at Tusculum College, having evolved from what began as a campus cleanup day honoring Nettie McCormick.

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