Knoxville College, one of the oldest historically black institutions in the country, is partnering with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in an effort to restore its recognition.
Doctoral students in higher education administration are pursuing Ph.D. University programs to help Knoxville College get back on track after losing recognition in 1997. Students will help Knoxville College officials complete the paperwork required for re-accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and confirm accreditation. Policies and procedures are followed. It is hoped that students will gain work experience by learning about the recognition process and higher education governance and finance at the same time, according to a press release sent today.
“We are excited to partner with Knoxville College to give PhD students the opportunity to gain experience in higher education leadership and to work with a key partner in this community,” said Robert Kelchen, Professor and Head of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. release. He added that students will start working with Knoxville College starting this summer and will continue through the coming autumn.
Leonard Adams, interim president of Knoxville College, welcomed the move, which he hopes will lead to a lasting relationship between the two institutions.
“There are a lot of unused resources and amazing opportunities between these two organizations that should be explored, and this is just the tip of the iceberg for a collaborative partnership to restore our recognition,” he said in the release.