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UT nursing college ailing

UT nursing college ailing

Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 11:09 pm
By: AP

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee’s College of Nursing faces the loss of half its students it admits next fall amid growing state budget pressures. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports three grants totaling $450,000 have run out and the nursing program has cut positions. State law requires the college to maintain eight students per one faculty member. But currently mandated state budget cuts could take up to $268,000 more from the budget, which was adopted at $3.7 million this fiscal year. As a result, the college may have to reduce next fall’s admissions to 48 students, down from 96. Gary Ramsey, chairman of the undergraduate nursing program, said the budget shortage is devastating for students, but it’s a reality the program has to deal with. ——— Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com Published in The Messenger 12.24.08

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