Strengthening and improving academic programming for adult students at all levels is a primary goal of the new College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at East Tennessee State University.
The college formed during the summer of 2020 through merging the existing School of Graduate Studies and School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach. Following the retirement of Dr. Rick Osborn, longtime dean of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach, university officials decided on this new direction to maximize academic and fiscal efficiencies and to best align with the university’s mission.
Dr. Sharon James McGee, formerly dean of Graduate Studies, now leads the new college, which now houses not only the certificate, master’s and doctoral degrees traditionally overseen by Graduate Studies, but also all of the academic programming from Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach.
This programming includes bachelor’s degrees in general studies and interdisciplinary studies, master’s degrees in liberal studies and professional