The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus of the University of Tennessee system. As such, UT Martin reflects the solid traditions of excellence that have made the total university famous throughout the world. At the same time, UT Martin is able to offer students the many advantages of attending a smaller college with emphasis on the undergraduate years.
The University of Tennessee at Martin, the only public university in West Tennessee outside the city of Memphis, provides quality undergraduate education in a traditional collegiate atmosphere. Continuing education programs and selected programs of graduate study meet life-long educational needs of area residents. Close relationships between students and faculty characterize instruction at all levels. Research, scholarship, and creative endeavors enhance teaching and enlarge knowledge. Some applied research efforts are particularly directed to meeting regional needs. The faculty is committed to public service, contributing significantly to the economic, educational and cultural development of the area.
Undergraduate programs constitute the core of instructional effort. These provide a broadly based education which enables graduates to function effectively in a multicultural society while serving in a wide variety of public and private sector professions and organizations. Preprofessional programs of exceptional merit prepare students for advanced study in a variety of professional fields, including medicine and law. Baccalaureate degrees are offered in Schools of Agriculture and Human Environment, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, and in a Division of Fine and Performing Arts.
Situated in a rural setting, UT Martin exemplifies the residential university experience. Traditional and nontraditional students learn in classes sized to facilitate learning objectives. Faculty who are well qualified and especially interested in undergraduate education teach courses at all levels. Emphasis is placed on developing ethical and leadership dimensions, with opportunities available for experiential learning, individual research, and student projects. Personalized advising and career counseling opportunities are available for all students.
Extending beyond the undergraduate classroom to influence the quality of life, graduate and continuing education programs support life-long learning. Programs at the Master's level are available in Accounting, Business Administration, Education, and Human Environmental Sciences. The International Program expands both the service capability and cultural diversity of the University. Chairs of Excellence in Free Enterprise, Food and Fiber Industries, and Com-munity Banking, together with Tennessee's Center of Excellence for Science and Mathematics Education, assist the campus in its extension into the business and educational community.
UT Martin enhances the educational, cultural, and economic life of the region, serving as a focal point for a full range of University of Tennessee programs and services. Agricultural advancement; business, economic, and educational development; and provision of a wide range of professional services oriented to non-urban public and private sector organizations are key areas of campus commitment. Among both students and area residents, the University serves as a center for cultural understanding and fosters an appreciation of the arts. In all its varied teaching roles and in its scholarly activity, UT Martin works to generate solutions to problems and to promote human understanding.
As it pursues all activities in support of its mission, the University is committed to Affirmative Action and other programs which contribute to cultural and ethnic diversity of the campus.
HISTORY AND LOCATION
The University of Tennessee at Martin traces its origin to Hall-Moody Institute, established by the Baptists of Martin in 1900. It gained junior college status in 1927, when the state legislature passed a bill stipulating that the school be operated by The University of Tennessee. UT Junior College became a senior college in 1951. Named The University of Tennessee Martin Branch, it offered bachelors degree programs in agriculture and home economics. In 1967, the institution officially became The University of Tennessee at Martin. The school is situated in Northwest Tennessee, about 125 miles northeast of Memphis and 150 miles northwest of Nashville, and within fifty miles of a number of the states most famous recreation areas. These include Tennessees only natural lake, scenic Reelfoot, as well as manmade Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River, and its Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area. Natchez Trace State Park, Shiloh National Cemetery, and Ft. Donelson National Monument are nearby.
ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND ACCREDITATION
UT Martin offers degree programs in more than 80 specialized fields through the Schools of Agriculture and Human Environment, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, and the Division of Fine and Performing Arts. UT Martin and its programs are accredited by the following agencies: the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Chemical Society, the American Dietetic Association, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Council of Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National League for Nursing, and The Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
The faculty of The University of Tennessee at Martin has adopted the following goals of the university learning experience. Each student who graduates from UT Martin with a baccalaureate degree is expected to demonstrate appropriate mastery of each of these goals.
1. COMMUNICATING SKILLS To demonstrate an acceptable standard of literacy in the English language, including facility in the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking; to communicate effectively in graphic, numerical, or other symbol systems.
2. REASONING SKILLS To think logically; to analyze and solve a wide variety of problems (scientific, mathematical, social, personal), including problem definition, generation of possible hypotheses, collection of data, logical analysis of results, implementation of solutions, reasoning by analogy, abstract conceptualization, synthesis, and integration of knowledge.
3. AESTHETIC AWARENESS To experience and appreciate the arts; to be aware of the aesthetic qualities in all of life.
4. AWARENESS OF VALUES To clarify ones personal ethical or value system; to understand the values implicit in various fields of study.
5. HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE To possess a sense of history, including the history of ones culture and society and the history of ones field of academic specialization; to appreciate historical forces and traditions underlying contemporary experience.
6. MULTICULTURAL AWARENESS To appreciate cultural diversity; to be informed about other cultures within the United States as well as different cultural and ethnic groups around the world; to understand different philosophies and cultures; to take multiple perspectives in human relations.
7. PROFICIENCY IN A MAJOR To achieve proficiency in a specialized body of knowledge.
FACILITIES AND HOUSING
UT Martins land, buildings, and equipment have an estimated value of more than $142,000,000. This includes the 250-acre campus, a 680-acre adjoining farm which serves as a research unit of the UT Agricultural Experiment Station, 46 academic and support buildings, and residence facilities. Dormitory facilities for 2,415 single students as well as 256 apartments for married students and faculty members are located on the campus.
SERVICES TO STUDENTS
The Office of Student Affairs includes the offices of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Director of Diversity Resources and the Dean of Students. Also included are the offices of Housing, Counseling, Career Services, Boling University Center, Food Services, Bookstore, Campus Recreation, International Programs, Student/Alumni Employment Information Center, and Health Services. These offices render student services which are considered an integral part of the educational program.
The Academic Affairs Office coordinates programs and services related to academic advising and learning assistance. Professors who are assigned as advisors provide academic counseling. In addition to the many kinds of assistance provided by academic departments and individual faculty and staff members, UT Martin offers coordinated learning support through the Student Academic Support Center.
Staff members in all of these offices seek to help each student realize maximum benefits from educational experiences by assisting the student in adjustment to growing responsibilities and opportunities.
The Student Government Association on the UT Martin campus provides opportunities for students to participate in the development of policies and procedures for the University. The SGA also presents many entertainment programs. When a student enrolls in the University, he/she becomes eligible to participate in Student Government Association affairs. Representatives of the Student Government Association serve on major campus committees along with members of the faculty and administration.
Student organizations represent a variety of interests. There are professional societies and fraternities, curriculum related clubs and organizations, service organizations and social fraternities and sororities.
An active drama program is conducted through the Vanguard Theatre. There are a variety of music groups on campus. Students may become members of bands, instrumental ensembles, and vocal groups which include an opera workshop. Students interested in dance may participate in the UT Martin Dance Ensemble.
UT Martin offers an active recreational program of athletic events, intramural sports for both men and women, and leisure recreation.
The student newspaper, the yearbook and a literary magazine offer many opportunities for student participation in journalism while the campus radio can supply broadcasting experience.