2016 TSU CASE Institute

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)

July 17-27

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(AFNR) introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities and the pathways of study they may pursue. Science, mathematics, reading, and writing components are woven in the context of agriculture and students will use the introductory skills and knowledge developed in this course throughout the CASE™ curriculum..

Teachers are provided detailed professional development to facilitate instruction. CASE provides extensive preparation for the teacher to be proficient and confident in their ability to provide proper instruction of agriscience skills and concepts. Every lesson is aligned to national standards for agriculture, science, mathematics, and English language arts.


The cost of the CASE AFNR institute is $2,750 per participant. Late registration is $3,000 per participant. The price includes the curriculum (hard copy, DVD, support), instructor salaries, teaching materials, CASE Administration fees, a shirt, printing, lodging, parking, meals, etc.

Early registration must be paid by April 1. HOWEVER, PAYMENT MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN ONE MONTH AFTER REGISTRATION AND INVOICING. For instance, if you register on January 10th, and we send an invoice by January 24th. Your payment will be due February 24th. If payment is not received by then, your registration will be voided, and your spot will be opened up.

Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to Tennessee State University ℅ Dr. John C. Ricketts immediately after online registration and an email invoice from Dr. Ricketts. Scan and email Purchase Orders to tsuaged@gmail.com ℅ John Ricketts or via postal mail at: John C. Ricketts, Tennessee State University, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209.

Click here to REGISTER for TSU-CASE-AFNR

Institute Location

The Institute will be held each day in the TSU Agricultural Education STEM Building pictured below. It is located at 1515 Ed Temple Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209. For folks not taking the shuttle from the hotel, there is ample, free parking.



The TSU-AFNR Institute will begin on Sunday, July 17 and end on July 27. In addition to the required hours of instruction, participants will also have homework each evening to be completed at the hotel. ALL participants MUST be present for the entire CASE Institute - NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you have any questions about the CASE schedule, please contact CASE Affiliate Professor, Dr. John C. Ricketts (pictured below).


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Evening registration and the kickoff orientation will be held at the Ag Ed STEM Building at 4pm sharp. Flights should arrive in Nashville (BNA) by 2pm.

June 18-22 (M-F)
Class starts promptly each day at 8am and finishes at 5pm.
Long-Lunch Schedule (lunch from 11:30pm-1:00pm)

July 23-24 (Sat.-Sun.)
Free Time - See The Fun Stuff section below for ideas for exploring Nashville.

July 25-27 (M-W)
Class starts promptly each day at 8am and finishes at 5pm. 

What is CASE like?

Watch the following video for a sneak peak of a CASE Institute.


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Participants will be housed at the (details to come)

(address to come).

Participants will share a room unless they choose to pay an additional fee for a room of their own. A private room will cost participants and additional $1,000 for the 11 night stay.

Participants arriving prior to the first Sunday of the institute or after Wednesday of the last week need to contact the hotel on their own for the additional nights of lodging. You can reach the hotel Toll Free at (phone number to come).

Travel Details


Nashville International Airport (BNA), host to many airlines and servicing many cities, just finished celebrating its 75 year anniversary. BNA makes you feel like you are in the Country Music Capital of the world upon your arrival with live music at several venues and gravy and biscuits or BBQ from a TSU favorite, Swett's Restaurant in Concourse C. Side note: BNA proudly supports education by being active in Metro Nashville Public Schools through the PENCIL Partner program and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. 

Travel to and from the airport


Check back here for more details.


Parking at the Ag Ed STEM Building is free.
Parking at the hotel will be covered as part of your registration costs.


Maps of Campus and Surrounding Community

Map of West End and Surrounding Community

Map of Downtown Nashville

College Credit

Three hours of credit for the course is available. The course is AGSC 5050 Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. For those seeking college credit, they will need to complete the following steps quickly.

Step One - Apply online as a "non-degree" seeking student HERE by April 1. You will need to set up a login and PIN number to apply. 

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Step Two - You will need to contact the institution where you got your undergrad degree and have them send a transcript to TSU. Any questions about this part of the process can be answered HERE.

Step Three - Once you are admitted you will need to register for AGSC 5350.

The Fun Stuff

One of the best parts about CASE AFNR in Nashville is all of the opportunities you will have to unwind after the homework is done. The best source of information for this type of planning is http://www.visitmusiccity.com/ and the Nashville Music City Vacation Guide.

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