Tennessee State University
Tennessee State University (Tennessee State, Tenn State, or TSU) is a public historically black Land-grant university in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded in 1912, it is the largest and only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee. It is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Tennessee State University offers 38 bachelor’s degrees, 24 master's degrees, and seven doctoral degrees.
|Tennessee A & I College|
Tennessee Normal School for Negroes
|Motto||Think. Work. Serve|
|Established||June 19, 1912|
|Provost||Alisa Mosley (Interim)|
|Students||9,027 (Fall 2014)|
|Undergraduates||7,073 (Fall 2014)|
|Postgraduates||1,954 (Fall 2014)|
|Campus||Urban, 903 acres (4 km²)|
|Colors||TSU Blue and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – OVC|
Tennessee State University Historic District
|Location||3500 John A. Merritt Blvd|
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Architect||Marr & Holman, et al.|
|NRHP reference #||96000677|
|Added to NRHP||June 14, 1996|
- 1 History
- 2 Campus
- 3 Academics
- 4 Student activities
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Further reading
- 9 External links
The university was established as the Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal School for Negroes in 1912. Its dedication was held on January 16, 1913. It changed its name to Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal College in 1925. Two years later, in 1927, it became known as Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State College.
In 1941, the Tennessee General Assembly directed the Board of Education to upgrade the educational program of the college. Three years later the first master's degrees were awarded and by 1946 the college was fully accredited the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Significant expansion occurred during the presidency of Walter S. Davis between 1943 and 1968, including the construction of "70 percent of the school's facilities" and the establishment of the graduate school and four other schools.
On April 8, 1967, a riot occurred on the college campuses of Tennessee State University and Fisk University after Stokely Carmichael spoke at Vanderbilt University. Although it was viewed as a "race riot", it had classist characteristics.
Today, Tennessee State University is divided into eight schools and colleges and has seen steady growth since its inception. It remains the only public university in Nashville and its health science program is the largest in the state and one of the largest in the nation.
Aligned with the Tennessee Board of Regents, it is currently governed by an institutional Board of Trustees.
The 500 acres (2.0 km2) main campus has more than 65 buildings, and is located in a residential setting at 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee State's main campus has the most acres of any college campus in Nashville. The Avon Williams campus is located downtown, near the center of the Nashville business and government district. Tennessee State offers on-campus housing to students. There are on-campus dorms and two apartment complexes for upperclassmen. On-campus facilities include dormitories Wilson Hall, Watson Hall, Eppse Hall, Boyd Hall, Rudolph Hall, Hale Hall, as well as the Ford Complex and New Residence Complex, TSU's two on-campus apartment complexes.
|U.S. News & World Report||#34 (tie) in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and #230-#301 in National Universities |
|Washington Monthly||#100 |
The university is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award 38 baccalaureate degrees, 24 master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in seven areas (Biological Sciences, Computer Information Systems Engineering, Psychology, Public Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration and Supervision, and Physical Therapy), as well as the two-year Associate of Science degree in nursing, and dental hygiene.
Tennessee State is classified as a "Doctoral University with Moderate Research Activity."
The University Honors College (UHC) is an exclusive academic program founded in 1964 that caters to select academically talented and highly motivated undergraduate students.
The College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International or AACSB International; the first in Nashville to earn dual accreditation of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in 1994. The Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Teacher Education program by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The College of Engineering has developed corporate partnerships with NASA, Raytheon and General Motors and is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT).
The College of Health Sciences (formerly the School of Allied Health) includes such programs as the Masters in Physical Therapy and the Bachelor of Health Sciences. The Master of Public Health program was accredited in 2015 by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
- Agricultural Sciences
- Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication
- Food and Animal Sciences/Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Pre-Medicine
- Biotechnology/ Pre-Medicine
- Environmental Science Food Technology
- Plant and Soil Science
- Human Sciences
- Child Development and Family Relations
- Early Childhood Education
- Fashion Merchandising
- Foods and Nutrition (Dietetics)
- Business Administration
- General Business
- Hospitality and Tourism Management
- Human Resources
- Supply Chain Management
- Business Information Systems
- Economics and Finance
- Psychology (American Psychological Association (APA))
- Teacher Education Certifications(National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE))
- Agricultural 7-12
- Agriscience 7-12
- Art Education K–12
- Biology 7–12
- Chemistry 7-12
- Early Childhood Pre K–4
- English 7–12
- Family and Consumer Sciences 7–12
- French 7–12
- Geography 7–12
- Government 7–12
- History 7–12
- Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education (K-5)
- Mathematics 7–12
- Music K–12
- Physical Education K-12
- Spanish 7–12
- Speech 7–12
- Theatre 7–12
- Aeronautical and Industrial Technology
- Industrial Electronics Technology
- Aviation Management
- Aviation Flight
- Architectural Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer and Information Systems Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Dental Hygiene: Offering Associate's and bachelor's degrees, the dental hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation.
- Health Care Administration and Planning (HCAP)
- Health Information Management: The Bachelor of Science degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).
- Health Sciences
- Human Performance and Sport Sciences (HPSS)
- Nursing: The Tennessee State University Division of Nursing is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). However, Tennessee State University is not currently admitting new students into the Associate's or bachelor's degree Nursing programs due to poor performance in 2014, 2015, and 2016 on licensing exams. MSN admissions are not affected.
- Occupational Therapy: Tennessee State University's Occupational Therapy program started in 1991. Once a student has earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy they are eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Examination. The TSU Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
- Physical Therapy: Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the Physical Therapy program provides a pathway to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. TSU has participated in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service since 2011 for its application process into the Physical Therapist graduate program.
- Public Health: The master's degree program in Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
- Respiratory Care Therapy
- Speech Pathology and Audiology: Tennessee State University Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology's graduate program has maintained accreditation by the Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology since 1985.
- Criminal Justice
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Political Science
- Biological Sciences
- General Biology
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Teacher Certification/Licensure (Grades 7-12)
- Chemistry: Program approved by the American Chemical Society-Committee on Professional Training [ACS-CPT])
- Professional Chemistry-ACS Approved
- Biochemistry Concentration (Pre-Med, Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Dentistry Conc)
- Teacher Certification Concentration
- Chemistry Concentration
- Mathematical Sciences
- Urban Studies
- Social Work
Tennessee State University sponsors seven men's and eight women's teams in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sanctioned sports. The school competes in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision and is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. Tennessee State is one of two Division I HBCUs that are not members of the MEAC or SWAC, the other being Hampton University of the Big South Conference.
There are over 60 registered student organizations on campus.
Other fraternities and sororitiesEdit
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