Tennessee State University will next week roll out its new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. The center will be based on the Avon Williams Campus and be the umbrella entity for the Nashville Business Incubation Center and the school's Small Business Development Center. Ruthie Reynolds will be its first executive director.
The year-old Dickson campus of Freed-Hardeman University will next fall begin to offer new baccalaureate degrees in psychology, criminal justice and social work. FHU took over operations of the Renaissance Center last year. Dr. C.J. Vires, FHU's vice president for academics and enrollment management, said the new programs are being built because potential students and employers have been asking for them. Class will meet one day or night per week and online for eight weeks.
Vanderbilt University has landed a permit for major shell construction on its Engineering and Science Building. On-site work on the 230,000-square-foot seven-story building is underway at 1212 25th Ave. S., with VU officials targeting a summer 2016 completion. Clark Construction is serving as general contractor for the project, with the permit valued at $17.5 million.
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Vanderbilt University officials have renewed their big lease at the prominent 3401 West End Ave. office building located near Interstate 440. The building is owned by Highwoods Properties, executives with which say the VU renewal was the largest single renewal they had before them between now and the end of 2015. Vanderbilt takes up 199,000 of the building's roughly 250,000 square feet of space.
Vital Source Technologies, the digital textbook unit of Ingram Content Group, has teamed up with Plymouth University in England to set up what they say is the largest e-textbook program in the United Kingdom. About 30,000 students attend Plymouth and its partner colleges in the southwest of England.
The textbooks are included in the students’ fees and are accessible to all, including those with print related disabilities. Students will access the textbooks directly through Plymouth University’s Digital Learning Environment, and almost half of the materials will be available in reflowable XML and EPUB formats to provide rich, robust interactive content. The textbooks can be used online or they can be downloaded onto the students’ preferred devices including smartphones, tablets and web enabled e-readers such as Kindle Fire.
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee and his Northeast State Community College counterpart Janice Gilliam on Monday signed an affiliation agreement between their institutions. Students at both schools can now more easily transfer to the other and give Northeast enrollees access to MTSU advisers. Northeast State has its main campus in Blountville in East Tennessee and runs four satellite campuses. MTSU's dual-admission deal with the school adds to a list that already included Nashville State, Chattanooga State, Dyersburg State, Motlow State, Jackson State and Roane State community colleges.
"These agreements point to the need for higher education institutions to work together more closely to help more Tennesseans earn a college degree,” said McPhee. “This partnership with Northeast State is part of MTSU’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers for students seeking their degrees and to support the state’s goal of producing a more educated workforce.”
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