The number of Tennesseans who have taken a course on a University of
Tennessee campus has increased since 1985, a new UT statewide survey
shows.

In a 1985 UT poll, 52 percent of the respondents said they had studied at
UT. The UT poll taken last fall showed the number up to 56 percent.

Nearly 70 percent of the adults surveyed last fall said they have attended
a football game or other sports event at a UT campus, and 41.8 percent said
they had attended a non-sports activity at UT.

The poll of 579 Tennesseans was taken by the UT Social Science Research
Institute. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

Nearly 69 percent of the respondents said `'research carried on by UT has
an impact on my health and well-being,'' and 54.5 percent said UT research
affects the `'overall quality of my life.''

Slightly more than half (56.5 percent) of those questioned said raising
admission standards will improve the quality of education in the UT system,
but 49.2 percent believe higher standards will leave graduates from small
high schools at a disadvantage.

Asked to rank things that could improve programs and services of the UT
system, 83.1 percent called for replacing worn-out and obsolete equipment.
Seventy percent said UT should offer remedial courses to help below-average
students. Fifty-one percent said UT should raise professors' salaries to
levels of comparable universities.

A large majority of Tennesseans (64.8 percent) believe UT-Knoxville should
use any available scholarship it obtains to assist `'good students with
financial need.''

Asked which units within the UT system should be expanded, most respondents
(69.9 percent) said the division of continuing education, followed in order
by UT-Memphis (61.3 percent) and the UT Institute of Agriculture
(50.9).

Asked what types of research UT performs, 34 percent of the respondents
mentioned medical research and 21 percent said agriculture.

Four of every five Tennesseans questioned said their experience with UT has
been satisfactory.

Only 4.6 percent said it was unsatisfactory. The other 14.3 percent
reported either no experience with UT or mixed reaction.