Faculty members, students say U. of Tennessee will be dramatically different when federal dollars run out
October 3, 2010
Calculus courses will fill 120-seat lecture halls instead of 30-student classrooms.
Low-level Spanish and French classes will use one hour of online coursework each week to supplement two hours of in-class instruction.
"Women in American Literature" is already combining sections and breaking out for discussion groups, a teaching strategy that will soon be deployed across the English department.
The state's flagship university will not be the same place next year, administrators and faculty say. About $200 million in federal stimulus dollars and one-time funding that has been used to prop up the university's budget is about to run out.
From the system administration to professors to students, everyone on campus is bracing for the massive impact. They'll be left with fewer teachers, bigger classes and limited course selection.