Glenda Glover, the president of historically Black Tennessee State University in Nashville, recently unveiled a new strategic plan to “continue the legacy of excellence” at the university. The Impact 20/20 initiative includes programs to enhance academic programs, improve governance, and calls for capital improvements and infrastructure enhancements.
Among the academic enhancements will be the establishment of an executive MBA program in the College of Business. In addition, there will be research centers for Social Justice and Equality; Economic Policy; Law Enforcement Education; a Center of Excellence for Ethics; and the Emergency Management Institute.
Among the capital improvements are plans for new health sciences building, new residence halls, and an on-campus stadium.
President Glover also announced that the university is raising its admission standards and enhancing student success initiatives to increase retention and graduation rates. Beginning next fall, all students must have a 2.5 GPA and a 19 on the ACT to be eligible for admission to Tennessee State. The previous admission scores were minimum 2.25 GPA or a 19 on the ACT score for in-state students, and a 2.5 GPA or 19 ACT score for out-of-state students.