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UT Knoxville Named One of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine

UT Knoxville is one of America’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to Forbes, the popular business magazine. Forbes’ 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” list ranks 600 institutions based on the quality of education provided by the schools, the experience of the students and the achievements of students and alumni. With more than 4,000 colleges in the U.S., the schools that appear in the Forbes rankings represent the top 14 percent of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions. UT Knoxville is ranked 422 out of 600.

Committee Structure Now Leads UT’s Ready for the World Initiative

In an effort to broaden campus participation in intercultural and international initiatives, a committee structure has been established to direct the Ready for the World program.
Ready for the World: the International and Intercultural Initiative is a 10-year initiative that grew from UT’s re-accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2005. An executive committee will coordinate and oversee the initiatives of Ready for the World in coordination with a broadly representative steering committee.

Religious Studies Department Hosts Israeli Professor

The Department of Religious Studies has been selected to host a 2009-2010 Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor. Professor Igal Bursztyn is an Israeli filmmaker and an adjunct professor in Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Arts. He will teach and lecture at UT and in Knoxville’s Jewish community during the 2009-2010 academic year, forging ties among community constituencies both on and off campus.

UT Police Department Granted National Accreditation

The University of Tennessee Police Department (UTPD) has been granted national accreditation by CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. UTPD’s new status makes it the only university police agency in the state to be granted national accreditation.

Princeton Review Lists UT Among ‘371 Best Colleges’

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s top education service and evaluation companies. UT is mentioned for its affordability and “vibrant academic and social atmosphere” made up of “a broad range of students,” in the new 2010 edition of “The Best 371 Colleges.” UT is among only 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities to be included in the guide.

English Language Institute Hosts South American Undergraduates

Eighteen college students from South America are learning about American culture and developing their leadership skills in a month-long program hosted by UT’s English Language Institute (ELI). Students from Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela are in Knoxville as part of a program called “Study of the United States Institutes for Foreign Leaders.”