The State of UTC in the year of the pandemic

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Social Justice movement and Covid-19 have had major impacts on the UTC campus this year.

So it is only natural that the topics dominated Chancellor Angle’s State of UTC address today.

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On the pandemic, he cited a few surprising numbers.

Enrollment is up this fall.

And they kept more students from the first year to second this year.

The university now has 63% of their classes available online.

“COVID-19 has not destroyed us. It has strengthened our resolve and determination.”

But the University has also been in the middle of the local Social Justice protests.

Chancellor Angle vows to recruit and graduate more students of color and to build a more diverse faculty.

“Disruptions are not new. In the past 134 years, our university has seen many. We will continue doing what we do─education─because we exist for students and our community.

The chancellor says UTC will focus this year on improving new student interaction and overhauling the core education requirements for graduation.