On Monday, the University of Tennessee issued a report showing that its “Academics and Scholars” degree program, which has been in existence since 2009, is one of the best in the country, with an “A+” grade.
The Tennessee report is the result of an extensive review of data from more than 3,000 of the state’s colleges and universities, including the University at Buffalo, Vanderbilt University, the College of William & Mary, the Knox College of Law, the Vanderbilt University School of Law and the University College of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“We are extremely pleased with our data, and we look forward to sharing it with the nation, as we work to improve our mission to inspire and prepare students for careers in the public, nonprofit, nonprofit-funded and research sectors,” said UT President David Boren.
“We are confident that the findings will have a significant impact on the direction of our research and our efforts to improve higher education for future generations.”
The “Academy of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences” is among the top 15 academic degrees, with a “A” grade, and the program has received an “F” grade from the National Council of Teachers of English.
The report found that in 2016, UT was one of just two institutions in the nation that has a degree program that earned an “Ac” or better grade from National Council, with the other two institutions being Rutgers University and the Pennsylvania State University.
The “American Bar Association” (ABA) has given the “AccepTS” a “C+” rating for academic quality, citing that the program’s graduates are “highly regarded for their work and research.”
The report found the “C” grade for the program in 2016 is the highest it has ever given, and for the third year in a row, the program was rated “C,” the highest possible score for a public institution.
“It is the best program in the state,” said Texas A&M University Dean of Students Jennifer Koster.
“This is a great program, it’s a great experience for students, and it has really made the state a great place to do business.”
Koster and other administrators said the “academic success” of the program is a key reason why the university has a strong record of graduating more than 60 percent of its students in four years.
“The ABA recognizes that higher education is about more than just the end product of a degree,” Koster said.
“The AHA recognizes that the quality of education is a part of who we are as a state, and our goal is to provide the highest quality of experience to students.
The AHA is looking to us to do our part to make the best of what we have to offer.”
The Tennessee study is based on data from the 2015-16 academic year, which began in December.
In that time, the state has seen a record number of students enrolled in the ABA-certified A&M School of Public Service, which offers more than 1,600 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.