How It Works: The University of Tennessee

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How It Works: The University of Tennessee

The system serves many masters, from football fans to donors to suspicious legislators

by jesse fox mayshark • september 4, 2018

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This story is a part of a Special Report. Read the rest here.

State university systems take an array of forms, and the University of Tennessee is a particularly odd one. It is less a system than a small collection of affiliated schools.
The Knoxville flagship campus is what most people mean when they say UT -- with its 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 9,700 employees, it dwarfs the other campuses combined (Chattanooga, Martin and the Health Science Center in Memphis). Six of the eight largest public universities in Tennessee, the former Board of Regents schools, are not even affiliated with UT.
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