Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens is proud to announce it will become Tennessee Wesleyan University in July 2016, the Cleveland Daily Banner reports.
The name change was approved by the institution’s board of trustees in November 2015 as a way to reflect Tennessee Wesleyan’s transformation into a more complex institution that includes graduate programs, online offerings and off-site instructional locations.
The transition to university will begin in July, with the May graduating class being the last class to graduate from Tennessee Wesleyan College. The name change has been under consideration for a couple years as the institution has grown and added new programs.
Over the last few years, the school has expanded into new areas, including a master of science in curriculum leadership, an online master of business administration, a bachelor of science in communication studies and an online RN to BSN program for working nurses. In the fall, it plans to launch bachelor’s degrees in social work and creative writing, as well as several new evening programs for working adults.