COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Professors at Tennessee Tech University have published an open letter to address their concerns about the administration after a survey was conducted that a faculty group official said expressed "widespread dissatisfaction."

The Cookeville Herald-Citizen ( reports the findings were presented at a faculty meeting last week in Cookeville.

American Association of University Professors local chapter president Julia Gruber says 79 percent of the 150 respondents indicated the university is worse off than a year ago. She says the faculty chapter is "acting as a sounding board for widespread dissatisfaction."

University President Philip Oldham told the newspaper he believes the university is "exceptionally healthy." He questioned the survey's validity and said the number of responses was insufficient for a significant confidence level in the results.

Information from: Cookeville Herald-Citizen,

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