Education in Clarksville started with the establishment of the Rural Academy in 1806. By an Act of the General Assembly, higher education was established at Austin Peay Normal School in 1927. It was a two-year college and teacher-training institution. It was named after Governor Austin Peay who was in his third term when the Act was passed. Since that time the university has grown steadily in physical size, curriculum and degrees offered, and student enrollment. The enrollment of the university surpassed the 10,000 mark in 2009 and is one of Tennessee’s fastest growing universities today. The curriculum now offers numerous and varied degrees at the associate, bachelor, and master’s levels. Increased public and private donations continue to provide revenue for new capital projects such as the recently opened Hemlock Semiconductor Building and the planned Mathematics and Computer Science Building scheduled for groundbreaking in Fall 2012 and opening in Spring 2014.
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