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MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  --  It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Tennessee’s college students were badly hurt by the recession.

Research out today from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission shows that the number of students likely to need financial aid to finish a university degree rose by nearly one-third in the five years between 2007 and 2011.

In spite of that finding, the Commission voted Thursday to recommend a new round of tuition increases for the state’s universities, community colleges and technical schools.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Enrollment at most of Tennessee’s public colleges and universities is down significantly this fall.

The Tennessee Board of Regents system is reporting a decline in full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment of 4.4 percent from fall 2011. TBR’s six universities and 13 colleges are all showing flat or falling enrollment.

MURFREESBORO, TENN. (HUBBARD)  --  WMOT continues to explore what the fall football season might have in store for Tennessee schools.  University of Tennessee fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about in recent seasons,  but there is some reason for Vols fans to be optimistic in 2012.

Tennessee stumbled through a 5-7 season in 2011 and ended it with a humiliating loss to rival Kentucky.

Lost in the poor record was Tennessee’s solid defense.

The defense was ranked 27th nationally and helped the team stay competitive in games against Georgia and South Carolina.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn, (WMOT)  --  A University of Tennessee researcher has been awarded the world’s top prize in the field of environmental science.

UT Knoxville’s Dr. Daniel Simberloff has won Spains 2012 Ramon Margalef Award for Ecology. Simberloff specializes in the study of invasive species.

Although he's conducted research worldwide, Simberloff says he doesn’t have to leave Tennessee to find invasive species.  He notes, for instance, the imported insects that are currently killing Tennessee’s hemlocks and ash trees.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam will begin his review of the state's college and university systems next week.

The Commercial Appeal  reports Haslam will assemble business, legislative and higher education leaders for a meeting at the governor's residence on July 10.

An invitation sent from the governor's office to members of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, Board of Regents and others says the meeting will also feature presentations by three leading higher education policy experts and that Haslam will moderate discussions after each presentation

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  More than 15,000 students and their supporters arrive in Knoxville Wednesday for an international creativity competition on the University of Tennessee campus.

Students from across the U.S. and 13 foreign countries are converging on UT for Destination Imagination’s four-day, annual Global Finals contest.

Destination Imagination is a 13 year-old educational program that fosters creative problem solving through global competition.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  WMOT News continues a series of stories that examine those small slices of the Tennessee economy that have prospered during hard times.

Public higher education in Tennessee experienced remarkable growth during the economic downturn. The state’s two public systems, the Tennessee Board of Regents system and the University of Tennessee system, both experienced significant enrollment increases over the past five years

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Knoxville, Tenn (AP/WMOT)  A University of Tennessee researcher has helped confirm a link between a fungus and the widespread death of bats.

Justin Boyles, a post-doctoral research associate, was one of the study’s authors. The study discovered that the fungus Geomyces destructans is causing White-nose Syndrome, a disease decimating the bat population.