Tennessee's newest campus

It's official.  The former Lambuth University is a branch campus of the University of Memphis, operated by its continuing education unit.  Most continuing educators, though, don't have to worry about dorms.  Except, of course, when we have high school students in for the summer for various programs.  And that's bad enough.

In Kentucky, there's talk of the state taking over the private University of Pikeville.  That's the pattern in Kentucky (The University of Louisville is the last example.), but folks wonder if there's a pressing need to add the expense to the higher education budget.

Haslam raises flag at former Lambuth
Gov. Bill Haslam raised the University of Memphis flag in the historic quadrangle of Lambuth University on Thursday in a ceremony commemorating the deed transfer from the United Methodist Church-affiliated private university to the state of Tennessee.

Speaking before the flag-raising, Haslam said his goal is to see more Tennesseans graduate from college, according to The Jackson Sun.

“Of the adults 25 years old and older, only 21 percent have degrees. The national average is around 30 percent,” he said. “We need more people in Tennessee with a college education, and we need to make sure that they have access to attend and that it’s affordable.”

More than 400 students are enrolled at the University of Memphis Lambuth, which opened in the fall. The school began its spring semester on Thursday with new bachelor’s degree programs in English, communications, criminal justice, psychology, public relations, social work, accounting and entertainment music industries.

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