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UT stays at 46th spot in rankings

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University of Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek in June. Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel University of Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek in June. Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, TN (News Sentinel) -- The University of Tennessee made no movement in its bid to become a top-25 public research university, holding steady at No. 46 on the latest rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek insisted Tuesday he was happy with UT's ability to hold steady its spot on this list.

"We're very pleased we stayed where we are. We were tied with nine other schools (last year) and six of those fell below us this year," he said. "We have made progress. We're a lot better institution than we were two years ago."

UT ranked as high as No. 38 in 2006, but fell to No. 52 in 2009 and 2010. UT shares its current spot with the University of Oklahoma, Iowa State University, the University of Nebraska, and the University of California-Riverside.

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