UT pairs faculty and students with Tennessee cities, counties, special districts, and other governmental organizations to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at improving the region’s economy, environment, and social fabric.
The university says SCI emphasizes experiential learning through real-world problem solving.
UT’s inaugural partner was the City of Cleveland in 2014-15. This year, UT has partnered with the Southeast Tennessee Development District. Faculty and students in 20 courses have been working on 22 projects ranging from researching of Cherokee Indians who walked the Trail of Tears to developing proposals for water quality improvements across the region.