Top leaders at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga said today they have set a goal to become one of the top five public master's universities in the South.
But getting there will take up to 10 years and several changes, including closing teacher salary gaps, UTC officials said during the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees meeting.
UTC currently ranks at No. 17, tied with UT Martin, on the Top 20 public regional universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2010 rankings.
But the quality of UTC's undergraduate education, as rated by top college administrators in the U.S. News & World Report survey, is just above the average of institutions in this peer set, according to UTC's presentation.
"At the end of the day it comes back to resources," said Richard Brown, vice chancellor for finance and operations.
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