The funding model that keeps the University of Tennessee in business is unsustainable. That was the message delivered to state officials last month from UT system president Joe DiPietro.
Now in the fifth year of his presidency, DiPietro says one of his biggest challenges will be finding a way to keep the university affordable for students and functioning as state funding stagnates. DiPietro isn't optimistic the General Assembly will significantly increase funding for the state's higher education institutions.
On Thursday, January 8, DiPietro spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about his concerns about funding UT, and how he hopes to address those concerns.