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Tennessee Tech faculty address concerns about administration

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Professors at Tennessee Tech University say there’s “widespread dissatisfaction” on the Cookeville campus and they’ve published an open letter detailing their concerns about the current administration.

The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reports the findings of a faculty survey were presented during a faculty meeting last week in Cookeville.

American Association of University Professors local chapter president Julia Gruber said 79 percent of the 150 respondents indicated the university is worse off than a year ago. She says the faculty chapter is "acting as a sounding board for widespread dissatisfaction."

University President Philip Oldham told the newspaper he believes the university is "exceptionally healthy." He questioned the survey's validity saying the number of responses was insufficient for a significant confidence level in the results.