East Tennessee State University Profile
History . .
in Northeast Tennessee, East Tennessee State University is a state-supported,
coeducational institution and one of the principal campuses governed by the
Tennessee Board of Regents. Its
main campus is located in Johnson City with a center in Elizabethton and sites
in Kingsport, Bristol and Greeneville. Chartered in 1909 as East Tennessee State
Normal School, the institution experienced several name changes before achieving
university status in 1963. East
Tennessee State Normal School, which opened in 1911, became East Tennessee State
Teachers College in 1925; five years later, the name was changed to State
Teachers College, Johnson City. Beginning in 1943, the institution was known as East
Tennessee State College for 20 years. Today,
ETSU is a multifaceted university offering two-year, four-year and graduate
programs of study through nine colleges and schools:
College of Applied Science and Technology; College of Arts and Sciences;
College of Business; College of Education; James H. Quillen College of Medicine;
College of Nursing; College of Public and Allied Health; School of Continuing
Studies; and School of Graduate Studies.
James H. Quillen College of Medicine, one of three state-supported medical
colleges in Tennessee, offers a program leading to the M.D. degree as well as
accredited residency programs in family practice, internal medicine, internal
medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry
and surgery. Accelerated
residency programs in family practice and internal medicine are also offered.
Created by the Tennessee legislature in 1974, the College of Medicine enrolled
its first class of 24 students in 1978, awarded the first M.D. degrees four
years later and as of June 2002 will have awarded 1,098 M.D. degrees.
In 1988, this college combined with the colleges of Nursing and Public
and Allied Health to form a Division of Health Sciences.
Population . . .
student population totals 11,574, including undergraduate, graduate, and medical
students and medical residents. While
the majority of students are from Tennessee and the surrounding southeastern
region, 42 states are represented along with 62 foreign countries.
Housing for 2,478 students is available in residence halls, apartments,
efficiency apartments and married student housing.
Overview. . .
to the needs of all its students -- from those who have emerging potential for
university-level coursework to the gifted-- ETSU provides all citizens in the
region opportunities to continue lifelong learning. The university offers more than 100 degree programs organized
within the areas of arts and sciences, business, education, health sciences and
services and technology. All
programs and degrees are offered during the regular day schedule and extensive
evening programs are also provided. Some
5,000 -- 10,000 persons are served annually through continuing education and
extended service programs.
university seeks to serve as a center for intellectual and cultural growth as it
nurtures an educational environment that respects individuality and stimulates
creativity. To earn a bachelor's
degree, a student must complete a minimum of 128 semester hours of credit,
consisting of coursework from the major field of study, the minor field of study
(if required) and the general education core requirements.
The university's General Education Program includes two parts.
Part I is a Core Curriculum of 41 -- 44 semester credit hours that
address specific academic "Proficiencies" and "Areas of
Familiarity." Part II is
specific Requirements Reinforcing Academic Proficiency and requires students to
complete during college a minimum number of courses that reinforce academic
proficiency by providing intensive experiences in writing, communicating orally
and using information technology. Advanced standing credit is accepted and
recorded as "passed hours" of credit toward graduation through the
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (APP) Program of
the College Board, the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) in nursing, the
International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests.
career counseling service and an advisement center provide professional guidance
for students who have not reached a decision concerning a college major.
Remedial and developmental courses are offered for students who lack a
sufficient level of proficiency, as determined from ACT or SAT scores and/or an
evaluation assessment examination.
Army ROTC program, available through the Department of Military Science,
provides scholarship opportunities and offers advanced courses that may result
in a commission.
sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports and participates at the NCAA Division I level
in all sports (Football is I-AA). The
university is a member of the Southern Conference, the nation’s oldest
athletic conference. Men’s sports
include: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, indoor and
outdoor track and field. Women’s
sports include: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis,
indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.
Tennessee State University operates on a semester calendar consisting of a fall
semester in which classes begin in late August and semester examinations are
completed prior to the Christmas holidays; a spring semester in which classes
begin in early January and semester examinations are completed during the first
week of May; pre-summer, a three-week intensive study term beginning in mid-May;
and two five-week summer sessions, one beginning in early June and the other
beginning in mid-July.
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the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the university has 645 full-time
faculty members. The
percentage of faculty members holding terminal degrees is approximately 75%.
The average class size is 20, which allows the faculty to give students
individual instruction and attention and to share interests and expertise.
Entering students are required to meet with faculty advisers prior to
registration for classes. Advisement
is conducted primarily through a one-on-one interview.
Facilities . . .
provides a wide range of computer, network, telecommunications and software
resources in support of instruction, research, administration and public
Windows based servers support the main ETSU campus, Bristol, Kingsport and
Individual accounts for E-mail and Internet use are generated for all
enrolled students, guaranteeing every student has the access they need to
compete in an increasingly technology-oriented collegiate and research
environment. Students have available to them over 200 state of the art Microsoft
Windows NT based workstations in 6 labs that have a common user environment.
administrative systems utilize a cluster of DEC Alpha computers under the VMS
operating system. Several Windows NT 4.0 servers supplement this system.
Registration for classes is now predominately done online through the
ETSU GoldLink Online system. Linked
with this system is a Payment Gateway NT server, which enables students to pay
tuition and fees online using a credit card.
campus has benefited from an infusion of technology facilities and services from
the technology access fee paid by each student.
Recent improvements include the replacement of computers in student labs
on a three-year cycle, upgrading the campus network and construction of
main PC lab is located in the D.P. Culp Center with additional labs in Sam
Wilson 124 and 129, Gilbreath 105, Rogers Stout, as well as the Bristol,
Kingsport and Greeneville Centers. The
Culp Center computer lab is a dedicated open lab, but the others may be
scheduled for classes. In addition, there are more than 20 additional
departmental labs spread throughout the campus that support both the standard
Microsoft software packages and discipline-specific software packages.
These departmental labs support both the PC and Macintosh platforms.
the heart of the campus network is a high-speed asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)
based backbone that can accommodate voice, video and data transmission.
The ETSU campus is extensively networked with over 10,000 network
connections. All classrooms and
offices are connected through this backbone to each other and the world through
the Internet via the State of Tennessee network, TNII (Tennessee Information
Infrastructure). Students residing
on campus are connected to the Internet via MountaiNet, a dedicated high-speed
campus residence hall ISP. The
aggregate Internet bandwidth has increased from 9mbps to 20mbps within the past
multimedia classrooms and six multimedia lecture halls serve the students by
providing high-tech but easy-to-use instructional technologies so faculty can
help the students better visualize the materials being taught.
Computers, cameras, a SmartBoard and a projector augment the normal
audio-visual equipment in an integrated system. In addition, the multimedia classrooms also have power and
network connections for each student. The
number of multimedia classrooms is expected to increase over the next two years.
For more information, see http://ats.edu/mc/newsite/index.htm.
faculty and staff are provided access to NetG, an on-line web based training
system that permits students to train for a number of Information Technology
subjects, including Cisco, Microsoft, Netscape, and Oracle products. Antivirus
software is provided to all students on a site license.
summary, great strides have been made on the campus to provide students with the
most up to date technologies in order to help them master the information age
tools and prepare them to compete in the modern workforce.
In summary, great strides have been made on the campus to provide students with the most up to date technologies in order to help them master the information age tools and prepare them to compete in the modern workforce.
Sherrod Library contains the major learning resources that support the
university's programs of teaching and research. With a seating capacity for 1,800 readers, the library
contains over half a million volumes, over one million microforms, 2,124
periodical subscriptions and more than 350,000 federal and state documents and
maps. The Media Center contains the
university's collection of audio-visual resources; in-house listening and
viewing facilities are provided.
university's Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, an accomplished Center
of Excellence in Tennessee, is a hub of scholarly, educational, community
service and artistic activities addressing the needs and interests of the
Appalachian region. The center has
three divisions: the Regional Resources Institute, the Reece Museum, one of only
twelve accredited museums in Tennessee, which houses several permanent
collections and presents a varied schedule of exhibits, and the Archives of
Appalachia, which contains the most significant collection of materials about
the Appalachian region in the country. The
Center publishes Now & Then, the Appalachian magazine, sponsors the
Bluegrass and Country Music Program and the Appalachian‑Scottish and Irish
Studies program, and hosts the Governor's School for Tennessee Heritage each
summer. The Center is also
responsible for the region’s only comprehensive reference work, the Encyclopedia
D.M. Brown Hall science building and the Quillen College of Medicine provide
extensive research laboratory and training facilities.
Among other facilities of interest are Slocumb Galleries, which enables
students and others to view works of past and contemporary artists, while
allowing art students to display their own works; the Hutcheson Hall
Planetarium, which annually attracts hundreds of visitors to campus; the
Gilbreath Hall Theater, a restored early-century theater; and an outdoor
amphitheater, originally constructed by the WPA and restored to its original
D.P. Culp University Center is one of the most modern student centers in the
nation. The specific purpose of the
center is to serve the students as an integral part of their educational and
recreational life. The Culp Center
provides a wide variety of services, entertainment and social and recreational
activities for the campus community. In
addition to recreational facilities, the Culp Center houses five separate food
service areas, bookstore, post office, a theater/auditorium, computer lab,
ballroom, meeting rooms and conference facilities. The Culp Center is open from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday –
Saturday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday.
has a campus ID system and debit account. This
card acts as the student’s passport to all types of benefits and services on
campus. Not only will it serve as
an official photo ID, but it also gains the student access to their residence
hall, Sherrod Library, athletic events, campus activities and check cashing.
Another feature of the ID card is a debit account (ID BUC$).
A debit account works much like a checking account.
As the debit card is used, the amount spent is deducted from the
student’s account. This option
gives the student a safe, fast convenient alternative to carrying cash every day
at no cost. The debit card may be
used at the Cave, Buc Mart, Atrium Food Court, Main Meal Cafeteria, Café
Biblio, Tree House Snack Bar, University Bookstore, University Press copy
convenience center, laundry facilities (residence halls), Bursar’s Office
(tuition, lab cards, housing, parking fees, phone bills, etc.), Health Clinic,
Library, Craft Shop and vending machines across campus.
To obtain an ID card or make a deposit to the ID BUC$ account, come by
the ID Services Office located on the second floor of the Culp Center.
For more information, call (423) 439-8316.
The Center for
Student Life and Leadership brings new and exciting learning opportunities for
students through involvement in such programs and activities as student
organizations, Greek Life, service-learning, and leadership education. The
mission of the Center for Student Life and Leadership is to educate through
programs, services, advisement, and other experiences necessary to the growth of
students and their development of social awareness and civic responsibility.
Involvement in campus life validates and reinforces the learning
experiences of students and positions them as future civic and professional
leaders. ETSU expects students to actively participate in its learning community
and seek out and engage in meaningful activities. Through these experiences
students will enrich their understanding of life, the workplace and society. In
addition, they apply their knowledge to real world situations and develop and
enhance their personal skills, abilities and attributes. Campus involvement is
an excellent way to make lasting friendships and add some fun to your learning!
There are over 150 registered student organizations at East Tennessee State
University. Sororities, fraternities, religious organizations, academic groups
and honor societies, sports clubs, governing councils, and service organizations
make up the broad range of campus involvement. Each year 1000+ students reach
out to the community through ETSU’s nationally recognized service-learning
program. Outside of class, ETSU students contribute over 50,000 hours of
community service each year.
students over 23 years old and/or are commuting, the Center for Adult Programs
and Services (CAPS) helps prospective students figure out how to get into ETSU – no
matter how long it’s been since they were last in school, assists transfer
students with the transfer process and guides current students with resources to
assist in their college success. Here
are a few of the programs and services available for you at CAPS. Prior
to each fall and spring term a special program is held for all incoming adults
and transfer students. This Adult
Student Kickoff program provides students with a tour of where their classes are
located and special seminars in the library and computer labs so that adults
will get off to the best possible start at ETSU.
Adult Advantage is a cohort program designed for first time college
students. Participants attend
normal university classes together for a fall and spring semester with built-in
“study buddies” and lots of academic and moral support. OASIS – Once Again
Students In School is the adult student organization at ETSU. Advisory and social in nature (movies, dinners out, excursions), the group meets at 7am the first Wednesday of each month during the
fall and spring terms. When people
want to know, “what do the adult students think about this issue?” they come
to OASIS meetings to find out. Commuter students can get carpool applications,
maps of the campus, shuttle and city bus schedules, information about living
off-campus, childcare information and much more. Zeta Tau is the ETSU
chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national adult student honor society. These
are just a few of the programs and opportunities available for adult and
commuter students at ETSU.
Department of Campus Recreation is responsible for providing the entire ETSU
community with recreational facilities, programs, and services. All activities
are open to ETSU students, faculty and staff persons, plus in selected
instances, their families. There are five types of programs: fitness,
intramurals, non-credit instruction, outdoor-adventure and sports clubs. During
the spring semester 2002, Campus Recreation will move to its new Center for
Physical Activities – a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor recreational
sports complex funded with student fee dollars. Indoor space includes an
aerobics/martial arts studio, child care room, climbing wall, gymnasium floor
(with soccer court), huge weight room, personal training suite, pool, seminar
rooms and a host of other areas. Outside the CPA are two lighted ball fields
for intramurals and sports clubs. Also adjacent to the building is the Basler
Challenge Course – one of the region’s most complete high and
low element adventure education facilities. Programs range from climbing
instruction to self-esteem enhancement to team building.
Placement and Internship Services assists students and alumni to make the
transition from the university, through services and employer partnerships, to
the world of work or into graduate school locally, regionally, nationally and
internationally. The office offers, at no cost, career and job search services
and the opportunity to gain experience through cooperative education
internships. Our internships provide a student a salary, academic credit and the
chance to gain valuable employment contacts. Through Blue and Gold Answers, we
list current job opportunities; provide job placement assistance through our
Computer Job Matching Program; and offer a series of job fairs and employment
preparation seminars serving over 300 recruiters and over 3,000 students
The Office of
Student Publications houses the East Tennessean, the student-run newspaper,
which is published twice weekly during the academic year. The mission of Student
Publications, through its student newspaper, is to provide education and
training for students who are preparing for careers in journalism and the
publishing industry; to provide a forum for students, faculty, and staff to
express their views, and to disseminate information to the university community.
A staff of approximately 20-30 students are responsible for generating the
editorial and advertising content of the East Tennessean, which has a
circulation of 6,000 copies per issue. Students write and edit stories, take
photographs, sell and design ads, design and layout the paper, operate the Web
site (www.easttennessean.com), and
deliver the paper. The paper is distributed to approximately 30 locations on the
main campus in Johnson City and at ETSU’s satellite campuses in Kingsport,
Bristol, Elizabethton and Greeneville. The newspaper is funded by student
activity fees and advertising revenue.
Campus Setting . . .
is a member of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), a
consortium of six universities that operates a 0.9m telescope at Kitt Peak
National Observatory in Arizona. Astronomers at the six participating
universities have retrofitted the 1950s vintage telescope with robotic controls
that allow them to use it from their local campuses, providing an unprecedented
means for state-of-the-art research and instruction. Other members of the consortium include the Florida Institute
of Technology, University of Georgia, Valdosta State University, Florida
International University and Clemson University.
The Office of
International Programs encourages ETSU students’ participation in study abroad
programs; promotes matriculation and support services for international
students; and facilitates exchange of faculty and research scholars.
coordinates bilateral and multilateral exchange agreements with universities in
Australia, Brazil, Canada, China (P.R.), Denmark, Ecuador, England, Germany,
Hungary, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Sweden.
The Office of International Programs also administers the International
Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and the National Student Exchange (NSE).
All these programs allow ETSU students an opportunity to study either
abroad or at another institution in the United States at a cost comparable to
that of attending ETSU.
The office coordinates bilateral and multilateral exchange agreements with universities in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China (P.R.), Denmark, Ecuador, England, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Scotland, Spain and Sweden. The Office of International Programs also administers the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and the National Student Exchange (NSE). All these programs allow ETSU students an opportunity to study either abroad or at another institution in the United States at a cost comparable to that of attending ETSU.The Office of International Programs administers a faculty travel fund in support of research and teaching abroad especially, but not exclusively, at our exchange universities.
of the Office of International Programs is the official ETSU Fulbright
representative and the National Security Education Programs representative. The National Security Education Program provides resources to
encourage graduate undergraduate students to study overseas and add an
international dimension to their studies by studying geographic areas and
languages. The Office of
International Programs houses a library of current material relating to
opportunities for both faculty and students to teach, study and do research
abroad. As well as the academic and
technical dimensions of its activity, the Office of International Programs
provides the support facilities for ensuring that students both here and abroad
succeed culturally, socially and emotionally.
ETSU’s international students and scholars represent more than fifty
countries from which our community benefits.
university's Cooperative Education Program gives students in most major fields
of study an opportunity to alternate work periods and classes on a semester-in/semester-out
system. Through cooperative
education, in addition to gaining valuable work experience and employment
connections, students may help to finance educational costs and earn college
university has cross-enrollment agreements, available to full-time ETSU
students, with nearby Milligan College and Emmanuel School of Religion.
The university is also a participant in the Southern Regional Education
Board's Academic Common Market.
for Admission . . .
seeking admission as first-time freshmen must present a minimum composite ACT
score of 19 or a comparable SAT combined score or must earn a minimum high
school GPA of 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale). Tennesseans
who graduate from public high schools must successfully complete the Tennessee
Competency Test. Assessment
evaluation examinations to determine levels of proficiency are required for
entering freshmen who present ACT composite, English, or math scores lower than
19. Freshman applicants must meet
specific high school course requirements, including 4 units of English, 1 unit
of visual and/or performing arts, 2 units of algebra I and II, 1 unit of
geometry, 2 units of natural/physical sciences, 1 unit of social studies, 1 unit
of U.S. history and 2 units of a single foreign language. Transfer applicants
must offer satisfactory academic records from degree granting institutions.
Transfer admission requirements are consistent with the university's retention
Aid Information . . .
seventy percent of the university's students receive federal, state and private
sources of financial aid. Four
general types of assistance are available: scholarships, grants, student
employment and loan programs. Students
are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
electronically at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov or use the paper application available
at high school guidance offices, college financial aid offices or by calling
1-800-4FED-AID (433-3243). Additional
information is available at the university's financial aid website, http://www.etsu.edu/finaid/financial.htm.
The FAFSA must be completed each year, as soon as possible after January
1. The university's Office of
Financial Aid can be contacted directly at 423-439-4300; 800-704-ETSU (3878); or
via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Johnson City Area . . .
City, Kingsport and Bristol are part of the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia
Metropolitan Statistical Area -- the nation's first “All American City”
region and also 84th largest MSA with a population exceeding 462,300.
Tri-Cities MSA consists of Carter, Hawkins, Sullivan, Unicoi and
Washington counties, and Scott and Washington counties in Virginia.
Additional counties in ETSU’s service area include Greene, Johnson,
Hamblen, Hancock, Cocke, Sevier and Jefferson.
Johnson City, a progressive city with a population of over 57,000, is
located close to the state lines of Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, North
Carolina and South Carolina. Recreational opportunities abound, including
boating, skiing (snow and water), white water rafting, fishing, jogging,
climbing and hiking. Interstate
highways 181 and 81 provide access to the area by automobile.
The Tri-Cities Regional Airport provides access by commercial airlines.
University Complex . . .
main campus in Johnson City consists of 366 acres and 63 academic and
administrative buildings including a $28 million Sherrod Library and the
$259,000 Harry D. Powell Astronomy Observatory. Currently under construction is
a new multi-million dollar Center for Physical Activities which is being
provided by student funding. Adjacent
to the campus is the 247-acre James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center,
the 75-acre Johnson City Medical Center and Woodridge Hospital, consisting of
five acres. On the VA grounds, ETSU conducts its medical programs using the
facilities available in six buildings, including the hospital complex. The
university's Palma L. Robinson Clinical Education Center is located on a seven-acre
plot of land on nearby State of Franklin Road.
This $6 million, 67,755-square-foot ambulatory care facility houses some
72 examination and 21 special diagnostic rooms as the center provides outpatient
services in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, internal
medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics. Faculty
from all units of the Division of Health Sciences are involved in teaching and
training at the center, which also offers consultation rooms, conference rooms
and a large classroom. ETSU's new
$36 million Basic Sciences building, scheduled to be completed on the VA grounds
in January, 2002, is the nation’s only state-federal medical construction
university operates sites in Kingsport, Bristol and Greeneville along with the
Nave Center in Elizabethton. ETSU/UT
at Kingsport, 1501 University Boulevard, offers more than 100 undergraduate and
graduate courses each semester, including courses leading to undergraduate and
graduate degrees in business. Courses
are offered during the days, evenings and on weekends.
Facilities on the 100-acre site include a full-service library; computer,
chemistry and biology labs; gymnasium; student center; mini-market bookstore;
and distance education classrooms. Student
services include academic advisement; financial aid and career counseling;
tutoring; COMPASS testing; and registration and fee payment.
Services are offered at convenient times for both traditional and
nontraditional students. ETSU/UT at
Kingsport shares its facility in partnerships with both the University of
Tennessee and Northeast State Technical Community College.
at Bristol offers a wide range of both undergraduate and graduate courses with
flexible schedules including day, evening and weekend choices.
Located at 1227 Volunteer Parkway, Executive Park Plaza, Bristol, TN, the
facility includes a computer lab; fiber-optics televised classes, in addition to
live ones; a student lounge; library with electronic access; and a bookstore.
Student support services include admission; registration and fee payment
with assistance; academic advisement; career counseling; financial aid
information; and I.D. production. Students
can choose from several undergraduate majors such as management, education,
criminal justice, general studies (BGS) and RN to BSN nursing.
They can transfer AAS community college degrees to earn a bachelor in
applied science (BAS), or they can pursue an on-line Regents degree,
supplementing their internet courses with classes taught at the Bristol Center.
Graduate degrees, some in cohorts, include MBA, Masters in Communication,
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and two Masters in Education choices.
Basic general education core classes, plus upper level classes in various
additional majors are also available.
cooperatively with Walters State Community College, ETSU at Greeneville offers
junior, senior and graduate level courses from selected academic disciplines to
the residents of the Greeneville area each semester. Both day and evening courses are delivered through ETSU’s
distance education program and the traditional classroom setting.
A new state-of-the-art computer lab provides ETSU library and Internet
access to Greeneville students. Located
in the Greeneville-Greene County Center for Higher Education at 215 North
College Street, this site represents sharing of facilities between two Tennessee
Board of Regents institutions and enhanced access to opportunities for advanced
education and lifelong learning. ETSU
and Walters State have an articulation agreement that improves student transfer
between the community college and the university.
ETSU at Greeneville is also the home of the Tennessee Institute for
Marshall T. Nave Center in Elizabethton houses ETSU's programs in the health
related professions, including allied health, radiological technology, medical
laboratory technology, dental laboratory technology, cardiopulmonary science,
dental assisting and respiratory technician.
benefits from strong affiliations with major hospitals in the region: Johnson
City Medical Center; James H, Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at
Mountain Home; Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center at Kingsport; Wellmont
Bristol Regional Medical Center, Tennessee-Virginia; and Woodridge Hospital in
Alumni . .
than 71,300 people have graduated from ETSU since 1911.
Many recipients of undergraduate degrees return to pursue graduate
studies. Some 39,500 of ETSU's
alumni reside within a 100-mile radius of the university while over 38,300 live
in the State of Tennessee alone. The overall alumni gender breakout is 48% male, 52% female.
Diversity . . .
guiding principle in all we do and say at East Tennessee State University must
be respect for the individual. Through
our teaching, research and public service, we must affirm the fundamental human
values of courage, honor, pride, compassion, tolerance and understanding.
These values transcend time and place.
They transcend technology. They
rise above educational trends. They
are the enduring principles that must be observed in order for the human race to
commits itself to creating and perpetuating an environment in which diversity of
people and thought is respected. We
embrace the belief that differences should be celebrated and we believe that
intolerance poses the single most dangerous threat to the continued existence of
aspiration is to create a university that fully appreciates the culture and the
history of its surrounding region while it seeks to understand and accept the
practices, beliefs and customs of the greater global community.
It is ETSU's role not only to teach and to train but to inspire those among us as we build on our individual differences to achieve a common appreciation of our humanity.