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KNOXVILLE — Improving course offerings and student services are the goals of changes in the University of Tennessee’s Evening School, Provost Loren Crabtree said recently.

The Evening School has been renamed Extended Campus Programs to recognize an expansion of offerings to all students, Crabtree said.

Dr. Robert Leiter, dean of outreach and continuing education, said the change will result in more distance education opportunities using new electronic media. Traditional courses, and the advising and Treasurer’s Office services that support them, will continue to be available in the evening, he said.

“This new unit will focus on off-campus graduate education and training and certificate programs,” Leiter said. “We will be exploring many new ways to better serve the citizens of Tennessee.”

Crabtree said the needs of students were foremost in an 18-month internal study of UT’s continuing education offerings.

“Although the Evening School name is changing, there still will be ample opportunities available to part- and full-time students,” Crabtree said. “We have a great staff in the Evening School.

“While some will be reassigned to other university colleges and units, the staff will continue the outstanding service to students for which they are so widely-known.”

Crabtree said the restructuring strengthens all academic offerings by eliminating duplication and improving efficiency.