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UT and UK are among Southern universities rethinking goals amid recession
UK isn't the only university in the South shouldering the tough economic conditions just as it was getting started on a major push to move up the higher-Ed rankings. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Clemson University in South Carolina also have outlined such goals and are determined to keep them going despite the short-term pains. . . .

With a challenge from Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen, UT-Knoxville launched its plan earlier this year in the middle of the recession. Although there have been some cost-cutting efforts, such as a limit to the number of courses a student can drop, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said waiting until conditions improved would simply put the school further behind.

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