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New Jackson State Community College President Bruce Blanding says JSCC will become the center for public higher education in the region. He plans to triple JSCC's enrollment (of about 4,000 students) by increasing the use of online degree programs and providing flexible schedules for non-traditional students. Blanding also is creating partnerships with the University of Memphis and UT-Martin that will allow students to remain at home while earning a four-year degree. We will make it all available in Jackson, he said. New Jackson State Community College President Bruce Blanding says JSCC will become the center for public higher education in the region. He plans to triple JSCC's enrollment (of about 4,000 students) by increasing the use of online degree programs and providing flexible schedules for non-traditional students. Blanding also is creating partnerships with the University of Memphis and UT-Martin that will allow students to remain “at home” while earning a four-year degree. “We will make it all available in Jackson,” he said. “We will allow people to do what they haven't been able to do before.” (Business Tennessee, April 2004)

The University of Tennessee at Martin has received $590,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support bio-terrorism preparedness in Tennessee, as well as more than $1 million from Oracle to support development of a Web portal for the campus and $1.8 million from a Title III federal grant to develop programs to support the first-year experience for students. (AASCU newsletter, April 2004)

Troy State University is expanding its overseas operation by opening a teaching site in Thailand, and plans to offer M.B.A. degree classes there this spring. (AASCU newsletter, April 2004)

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga awarded its first doctorates at the 2003 fall Commencement as 22 physical therapy students earned D.P.T. degrees. (AASCU newsletter, April 2004)