FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
For more information, contact:
Elizabeth Maynard-Garrett, APR
UTHSC Communications & Marketing
UT TRUSTEES UNANIMOUSLY APPROVE REQUEST TO INCREASE SIZE OF UT PHARMACY CLASSES
Memphis, Tennessee (March 3, 2005) – The
University of Tennessee Board of Trustees unanimously approved a request from
the College of Pharmacy to significantly increase class size during its
quarterly meeting held in Chattanooga this week. The proposal was initiated due
to concerns both nationally and in the state of
with the fall 2005 entering class, the number of students will go from 125 to
175; it will then increase to 200 in the fall of 2006. The UT College of
Pharmacy is headquartered in
to a significant increase in the elderly population and a number of ongoing
developments impacting medication costs and prescription monitoring, a shortage
of pharmacists has become a national concern,” said Dick Gourley, Pharm.D.,
dean of the college. “For example, enrollment at
stated, “For the past decade we have been proactive in addressing the workforce
Dr. Gourley stressed that no additional state funding will be needed accommodate the proposal.
By 2009, total enrollment at the college will be 800 students, with 200 graduates per year, resulting in 35.7 graduates per million, which surpasses the national average of 28 graduates per million.
The UT College of
Pharmacy has consistently been ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World
Report for the past decade. Also, the college has the largest number (69) of
board-certified pharmacy practice faculty members in the
To enhance the college’s ability to meet future needs, plans are moving forward on a new $42.8 million building approved by the state last year. Scheduled for completion in 2008, this facility will take the place of the six buildings (some dating back to 1928) currently used by pharmacy students and faculty. The new building will be designed to accommodate up to 350 students per class and will be equipped to embrace new technologies and innovative research.
This study quantifies the economic impact of the UTHSC on the economy of the state of Tennessee for FY2010.
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5544
Fax: (901) 448-8640