The Knoxville News-Sentinel is reporting that the University of Tennessee’s College of Nursing will cut its number of students in half next fall unless it can get $450,000 in external funding.
Three grants totaling $450,000 have run out, the nursing program has cut positions, and state law requires the college to maintain eight students per faculty member, but budget cuts could take up to $268,000 forcing a cut in the number of students.
“There’s a huge demand for nursing — and there will continue to be a huge need — but we’re not able to admit a sufficient number of students to help meet that need,” said Gary Ramsey, chairman of the undergraduate nursing program. “This is devastating for these students, but it’s a reality we all have to deal with.”
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