Local non-profit Unifi-Ed this week announced its Pact for Public Education, a sweeping landmark initiative to improve every public school in Hamilton County.  At the center of The Pact are 4 key points of action to erase disparities between schools and make access to quality education more equitable.

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Several Lake Sturgeon have been tagged with special markers that can be tracked with new technology added to the Tennessee Aquarium's River Gorge Explorer and listening devices along the Tennessee River. 

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga is hosting the 8th annual Day of Action with Read-A-Palooza at the Hamilton Place Mall on Saturday, June 20, 2015. 

In December, the president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham shocked people in the state's largest city when he canceled the football program, saying it wasn't economically feasible.

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The Tennessee Aquarium and Tennessee Tech University collaborated to put the skills of iCube to work creating a 3D educational game. 

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Robert Fisher, a senior in the Brock Scholars program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is only the third student from UTC to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Widely regarded as the most prestigious scholarship in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship was established with a bequest from Cecil Rhodes to “promote civic-minded leadership among young people with the moral force of character and instincts to lead.”

In this segment, we have an interview with Fisher, one of only 32 students from across the US to be awarded the scholarship this year.

Last year, students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy helped create a new prairie dog exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo.  Now more partnerships that will enrich animals' lives and gather research data are continuing and expanding.  Funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, this year's projects will involve the zoo, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.

March is Mentor Month and Battle Academy is starting a new program to match mentors with their students.

UTC will be closed Monday, February 16

Feb 15, 2015

Due to the threat of bad weather, UTC will be closed Feb. 16, 2015.  All classes are cancelled and offices are closed for Monday, February 16, 2015. 

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn announced the Mocs will no longer participate in men’s indoor and outdoor track & field and are limiting participation in men’s cross country after the end of the 2014-15 season.

“This was a very difficult decision,” stated Blackburn.  “You never want to cut a program, but based on our current Title IX situation and the current financial climate, it was a decision that had to be made.”

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was ranked among the top ten Best Online RN to BSN Programs by  UTC received the highest ranking of all Tennessee institutions in this curated list.

Nearly 400 online RN-to-BSN programs are offered in the U.S.—only 95 were ranked.‘s mission is to connect current and prospective nurses with the resources needed to pursue and obtain their BSN.

It's shaping up to be an interesting year for the Common Core, barely five years after 45 governors embraced it. A few states have already repealed the new math and reading standards. Others are pushing ahead with new tests, curriculum and teaching methods aligned to the Core.

And in some states, its future hangs in the balance. North Carolina is one of them.

It was one of the first states that quietly adopted the Common Core, and it moved quickly to put the standards in place.

The Carnegie Foundation has designated the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a 2015 Community Engagement University.  Dr. Deborah Arfken, who chaired the committee that led the application process, and Dr. Steve Angle, the Chancellor of UTC, join us to explain how UTC won the honor and what it means.

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President Obama is in Tennessee previewing some of the big issues he'll talk about in his State of the Union address later this month. Friday, he'll speak in Knoxville, focusing on education and an idea that is gathering steam in some states: making community college tuition-free.

In the emerging debate over this idea, there are skeptics and there are true believers.

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