The University’s Mission
Accreditations and Memberships
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. Telephone: 404-679-4501; Fax: 404-679-4558) to award bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral degrees. It is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the American Chemical Society, the Engineering Accreditation Commission and the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business International: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association, the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education, the Accreditation Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Association of School Psychologists, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Council on the Accreditation of Nursing Anesthesia Education Program, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the National Athletic Trainers Association.
The University is a charter member of the Southern University Conference and is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Alumni Council, American Council on Education, Association of American Universities, Association for Continuing Higher Education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, The Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools, National University Extension Association, the Tennessee Colleges Association, and the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.
Since 1969, students and faculty of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout
the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at http://www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm, or by calling either of the contacts below.
ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:
Graduate School Mission Statement
The mission of The Graduate School is to provide rigorous advanced instruction, applied research opportunities, financial support, and other support services for graduate students. The Graduate School upholds high program and academic standards in serving the needs of the region, state, and nation. The Graduate School also takes into account the increasing availability of information and the resultant creation of knowledge made possible by advances in technology.
Vision Statement for Distance Education
The vision of graduate distance education is to provide high-quality courses and services so that students may access learning opportunities through the use of appropriate technology and alternative methods of delivery.
The Graduate Council is responsible for providing and periodically revising basic educational philosophy for graduate programs, for ensuring the maintenance of high standards in the graduate programs offered and for proposing and recommending to the Faculty Senate new graduate programs. The Graduate Council reviews new courses to be offered for graduate credit as well as other changes in the content of individual graduate programs. The Graduate Council is responsible for ensuring that general admission policies as established by the Board of Trustees and specific policies approved for individual graduate programs are maintained. The Graduate Council hears graduate students petitions and grade appeals. The Graduate Council reports its curriculum and standards actions to the Faculty Senate executive committee with recommendations for implementation or appropriate disposition.
Three (3) elected representatives from the College of Business, eight (8) from the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies: one (1) from Health and Human Performance, one (1) from Nursing, one (1) from Physical Therapy, one (1) from Learning and Leadership, and four (4) from other Education programs; seven (7) elected representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences (one from each graduate degree program); four (4) elected representatives from the College of Engineering and Computer Science (one from each graduate degree program); and one (1) at-large representative elected by the Faculty Senate from a department that does not offer a graduate degree program.
Members of Graduate Council serve two-year terms and are elected at the conclusion of the spring semester in odd-numbered years for a term of office beginning the following fall semester.
At its last spring meeting in odd-numbered years, the Graduate Council will elect a chair from among the voting members who represent one of the graduate programs. The chair will serve a two-year term.
Ex officio: The dean of The Graduate School, the associate dean of The Graduate School, the director of The Graduate School, and the dean of the Lupton Library.
Graduate Council Members 2011-12
Diane Halstead, Business (Marketing and Entrepreneurship)
Kathleen Wheatley, Business (Accounting)
Mike Owens, Business (Accounting)
Roger Briley, Computational Engineering
Li Yang, Computer Science
Gale Iles, Criminal Justice
Valerie Rutledge, Education
Virginia Magnus, Education
David Rausch, Education
Kristi Gibbs, Education
To be named, Education
Vicki Petzko, Education
Neslihan Alp, Engineering Management
Stephen Craven, Engineering
Joyce Smith, English
Joey Shaw, Environmental Science
Brendon McDermott, Health and Human Performance
Lee Harris, Music
Lisa Muirhead, Nursing
Randy Walker, Physical Therapy
David Edwards, Political Science (Public Administration)
Brian O’Leary, Psychology
At Large Member 2010-11
Jonathan Mies, Geology
Ex-Officio Members 2010-11
A. Jerald Ainsworth, Graduate School
Theresa Liedtka, Lupton Library
Graduate Student Association Representative