Tennessee State University
|Tennessee State University|
Tennessee State University Seal
|Tennessee A & I College
Tennessee Normal School for Negroes
|Motto||Think. Work. Serve|
|Established||June 19, 1912|
|President||Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover|
|Provost||Dr. Mark Hardy|
|Students||9,027 (Fall 2014)|
|Undergraduates||7,073 (Fall 2014)|
|Postgraduates||1,954 (Fall 2014)|
|Campus||Urban, 903 acres (4 km²)|
|Colors||Blue and White
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|Athletics||NCAA Division I – OVC|
Tennessee State University Historic District
|Location||3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Architect||Marr & Holman, et al.|
|Governing body||Tennessee Board of Regents|
|NRHP Reference #||96000677|
|Added to NRHP||June 14, 1996|
Tennessee State University (TSU) is a land-grant university located in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. TSU is the only state-funded historically black university in Tennessee. The University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Student activities
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Further reading
- 9 External links
TSU was originally organized as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School, for African-Americans, in 1909 and began serving students on June 19, 1912. Its status was raised to a four-year teachers' college in 1922, and two years later it was renamed the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College. In 1927, "Normal" was dropped from its name.
It was elevated to university status in 1951, renamed the Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial University, and got full-fledged land-grant university status by the Tennessee State Board of Education in 1958. In 1968, the state legislature dropped the words "Agricultural and Industrial" in favor of "Tennessee State University." Since 1972, it has been operated under the auspices of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
The present-day Tennessee State University exists as a result of the court-ordered merger on July 1, 1979, of Tennessee State University and the former traditionally white institution, the University of Tennessee at Nashville, which had begun as an extension of the Knoxville-based University of Tennessee. This resulted in a downtown campus known as The Avon Williams Campus. Founded in 1912, Tennessee State University has grown dramatically from a small college to two campuses: the 500-acre main campus and the downtown Avon Williams campus, which is located in the heart of Nashville near the State Capitol. The diverse student population of more than 9,000 represents 46 states and 45 countries.
Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, coeducational land-grant university offering 45 bachelor’s degrees and 24 master degrees. Seven Doctoral programs include biological sciences, psychology, public administration, computer information systems engineering, administration and supervision and curriculum and instruction.
The university is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award 45 baccalaureate degrees, 24 master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in seven areas (Biology, Computer Information Systems Engineering, Education, Psychology, and Public Administration), as well as the two-year Associate of Science degree in nursing, and dental hygiene.
The College of Business is accredited by AACSB, the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International or AACSB International; the first in Nashville to earn dual accreditation of both the undergraduate and graduate programs in 1994. The Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Teacher Education program by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The College of Engineering has developed corporate partnerships with NASA, Raytheon and General Motors. The School of Nursing boasts a 100% first-time pass-rate for students taking licensure examinations. The College of Health Sciences (formerly the School of Allied Health) has recently added much-in-demand programs such as the Masters in Physical Therapy and the Bachelor's of Health Sciences.
College of Engineering
The TSU College of Engineering is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), offering baccalaureate degrees in the areas of Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aeronautical and Industrial Technology, and Mathematical Sciences; graduate degrees in the areas of Computer and Information Systems Engineering, General Engineering (M.E.), Biomedical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering; with the Ph.D. in Computer and Information Systems Engineering with concentrations in Computer Communications and Networks, Control Systems and Signal Processing, Robotics and Computer Integration, and Manufacturing.
It is also accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT), offering the B.S. in Aeronautical and Industrial Technology with concentrations in Aeronautical Technology (through Academic Common Market), Aviation Management, Aviation Flight, and Industrial Electronics Technology (through Academic Common Market).
College of Business
The TSU College of Business was the first to earn dual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International) accreditation (accreditation of both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the same time) in 1994.
College of Liberal Arts
- Art (B.S.: National Association of Schools of Art & Design)
- Music (B.S., M.S.:National Association of Schools of Music)
- Social Work (B.S.: The Council on Social Work Education)
College of Education
- Education (B.S., M.S., M.A.Ed., Ed.S. Ed.D: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE))
- Psychology (B.S., Ph.D with concentration in Counseling: American Psychological Association (APA))
College of Health Sciences
- Dental Hygiene (A.A.S., B.S.: Commission on Dental Accreditation)
- Health Care Administration and Planning (B.S.: Association of University Programs in Health Administration)
- Health Information Management (B.S.: Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management )
- Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences: Cardio-Respiratory Care Sciences students are prepared to become respiratory therapists. Students receive extensive clinical training in affiliated area hospitals. The Cardio-Respiratory Care Science program of study is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Students in the Cardio-Respiratory program of study receive a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care.
- Nursing: The Tennessee State University division of Nursing has a course of study for both an Associate of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master of Science in Nursing graduate program. The Division of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission. The graduate program offers Holistic Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner and in Nursing Education as specialties in the Master of Science in Nursing program.
- Occupational Therapy: Tennessee State University's Occupational Therapy program started in 1991. Once a student has earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy they are eligible to sit for the National Board Certification Examination. The TSU Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.
- Physical Therapy: Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), the Physical Therapy program provides a pathway to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. TSU has participated in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service since 2011 for its application process into the Physical Therapist graduate program.
- Speech Pathology and Audiology: Tennessee State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Science. Certification to practice speech-language pathology requires a Master's degree as entry level. The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology's graduate program has maintained accreditation by the Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology since 1985.
College Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences
- Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S. American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, American Dietetics Association)
College of Public Service and Urban Affairs
- Public Administration (M.P.A.: The National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration)
- Social Work
The 450 acres (1.8 km2) main campus has more than 65 buildings, and is located in a residential setting at 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd in Nashville, Tennessee. The Avon Williams campus is located downtown, near the center of the Nashville business and government district. Tennessee State offers on-campus housing to students. There are on campus dorms and two apartment complexes for upperclassmen. On campus facilities include dormitories Wilson Hall, Watson Hall, Eppse Hall, Boyd Hall, Rudolph Hall, Hale Hall, as well as the Ford Complex and New Residence Complex, TSU's two on-campus apartment complexes.
Tennessee State University sponsors seven men's and eight women's teams in NCAA sanctioned sports. The school competes in the NCAA's Division I Football Championship Subdivision and is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.
Fraternities and sororities
Other fraternities and sororities
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|Dick Barnett||1959||NBA basketball player|||
|Ralph Boston||Olympic athlete; three time medal winning long jumper|||
|Sam Bowers||Gridiron football player|||
|Waymond Bryant||NFL football player|||
|Chandra Cheeseborough||Olympic runner; gold and silver medalist|
|Dave Davis||NFL football player|||
|Richard Dent||NFL football player and member of Pro Football Hall of Fame|||
|Lamar Divens||NFL football player|||
|Larry Tharpe||NFL football player|||
|Cleveland Elam||NFL football player|||
|Charley Ferguson||AFL football player|||
|Sean Foley||golf instructor to PGA Tour players|||
|Ryan Fann||Paralympic Runner|||
|Randy Fuller||NFL football player|||
|Rogers Gaines||NFL football player|||
|Joe Gilliam||NFL football player|||
|W. C. Gorden||1952||former head football coach at Jackson State University from 1976 to 1991. Member of College Football Hall of Fame||http://www.collegefootball.org/famer_selected.php?id=90149[dead link]|
|Mike Hegman||NFL football player|||
|Claude Humphrey||NFL football player and member of Pro Football Hall of Fame|||
|Daniel Johnson||NFL football player|||
|Ed "Too Tall" Jones||NFL football player|||
|Joe "Turkey" Jones||NFL football player|||
|Larry Kinnebrew||NFL football player|||
|Anthony Levine||NFL football player|||
|Madeline Manning||Olympic runner; gold medalist|||
|Anthony Mason||NBA basketball player|||
|Ted "Hound" McClain||1971||NBA and ABA basketball player|||
|Edith McGuire||Olympic runner; gold and two silver medalist|||
|Steve Moore||NFL football player|||
|Lloyd Neal||NBA basketball player|||
|Brian Ransom||NFL football player|||
|Leonard "Truck" Robinson||NBA basketball player|||
|Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||NFL football player|||
|Carlos Rogers (basketball)||1994||former NBA basketball player|||
|Wilma Rudolph||Olympic runner; first woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics|||
|Simon Shanks||NFL football player|||
|Nate Simpson||NFL football player|||
|Ollie Smith||NFL football player|||
|Wyomia Tyus||Olympic runner; first person to retain the Olympic title in the 100 m.|||
|Charlie Wade||NFL football player|||
|Carl Wafer||NFL football player|||
|Javarris Williams||NFL football player|||
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