Articles written by: Emily Siner

The Fisk Jubilee Singers performs at the university's 150th gala in April 2016.
Credit: Raymond Wade/Fisk University.
Funding / Tennessee

Fisk University Embraces 150 Years Of History — But Wants To Move Past Financial Troubles

It was founded 150 years ago, just after the Civil War, to educate freed slaves. It graduated prominent black leaders of the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights.

Students applying to Tennessee State University for next fall's freshman class will have to meet a higher bar compared to previous requirements. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN
Higher Education / Tennessee

Seeking More Competitive Applicants, TSU Raises Admissions Requirements

The change has two goals: limiting the number of students who will likely find college difficult, and attracting more high-performing students who will go on to graduate.

TSU acknowledges the state's findings and says it will avoid similar problems in the future. Credit: TSU Media Relations
Funding / Tennessee

TSU Says It’s Fixing Issues Raised In State Audit

An annual audit released Monday found that Tennessee State University made some significant errors in recent financial statements. The state comptroller’s office also cited the school for not reporting enrollment changes quickly enough.

TSU researcher Matthew Blair examines some amaranth growing in the university's experimental fields. Credit: Emily SIner / WPLN.
Research / science / Tennessee

TSU Researchers Hope The Ancient Grain They’re Growing Becomes The Next Quinoa

There was quinoa, there were chia seeds — and now, researchers at Tennessee State University are growing what they hope will be the next big superfood, if enough Americans can get excited about eating it.

The Carl Van Vechten gallery is home to the Stieglitz collection half the time; the other half, it's housed in Arkansas. Credit: TONY GONZALEZ / WPLN
Funding / Higher Education / Tennessee

Facing Financial Collapse, Fisk University Quietly Sold Off Two Major Paintings In 2010

While Fisk University was fighting a drawn-out legal battle over the fate of a high-profile art collection, it quietly sold two other paintings in the school’s archives. That twist in the story was first reported Tuesday

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks in a promotional video for reverse transfers, which officials say helped to add legitimacy to the new program. Credit: YouTube Screenshot
Funding / Tennessee

No, This Free College Degree Program Is Not A Scam, Tennessee Schools Tell Students

Tennessee universities have been sending out emails to thousands of students with a somewhat incredible subject line: “You may have earned an associate degree already.”

Tennessee State University is aiming to get more students enrolled from outside of the state. Credit: TSU Media Relations.
Funding / Higher Education / Tennessee

Tennessee Universities Try Steep Tuition Discounts To Woo More Out-Of-State Students

Several public universities in Tennessee are lowering their out-of-state tuition by almost 50 percent for a certain set of students — those who are from places up to 250 miles away.

John Morgan, right, presents TBR's 2016 budget requests. Credit: Chas Sisk/WPLN.
Audio / Tennessee

Tennessee Board Of Regents Approves Governor’s Temporary Chancellor Pick

The largest public college system in the state has a new leader. David Gregory, the vice chancellor for administration and facilities development with the Tennessee Board of Regents, will be promoted after current chancellor John Morgan leaves at the end of the month.