Blum, Deborah E. "Inquiries at U. of Tennessee Focus on Charges That Degrees Were Traded

 

Blum, Deborah E. "Inquiries at U. of Tennessee Focus on Charges That Degrees Were Traded
for Federal Grants," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 24 July 1991, pp. A11, A14.

Here is a short, interim report on events at the University of Tennessee regarding NASA and
Professor Walter Frost, now retired. It is here reported that the initial story broke in the Wall
Street Journal in July and the accusations were that degree candidates were given easy degrees in
return for directing NASA research to WSG, a private and very much for profit research institute
belonging to Frost.

The University is reported to be ready to fire Frost and to rescind the degrees of two former
students.

Tennesee's Space Institute offers graduate degrees in engineering to students who are employees
of NASA. The Marshall Space Flight Center is nearby.

"Questions about the deals were first raised last year when Wesley L. Harris became head of the
Space Institute. Mr. Payne, the university spokesman, said a former student had told Mr. Harris
about the allegations shortly before Mr. Harris took over his new post. The investigations are
expected to go on for several more months."