Knoxville College has been cleared by the state to start enrolling some students again.
Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission granted the re-activation of Knoxville College during its meeting on Thursday in Nashville.
Chairman of the Board Michael Bowie says Knoxville College will begin accepting students for the fall semester starting in August. Through online courses, students will be working towards an Associate of Arts degree with four concentrations: mathematics, natural science, social science, and humanities.
Applications will be online within the next week. Bowie says admissions will be based on high school transcripts. Admitted students will be divided into cohorts, groups of students taking the same courses based on their skill levels in all subjects.
Bowie says Knoxville College will also be hiring up to seven faculty members for the fall semester. He says that number may fluctuate depending on the skill sets of the faculty members hired, the number could be less if a teacher can teach more than one course, or more than one area.
Bowie says the type of student that Knoxville College is looking for, students with a desire to learn, interested in going to college, looking for rigorous courses. He says the college will provide as much support for students as needed, considering learning will not happen in a traditional classroom.
As for when students can be expected on campus, Bowie says by the end of 2018 or the start of 2019.
Bowie says the school is “extremely excited for the new chapter” and will be looking to expand the program, the number of students and the number of faculty members, in future semesters.
Classes haven’t been offered at Knoxville College since 2015 and many of the buildings have fallen into disrepair. A new agreement with the city of Knoxville would set up a new fire and police headquarters on the back side of the campus. Knoxville College would retain many of the historic buildings as it works to reopen.