Defining the Future: The University of Tennessee Strategic Plan

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Dashboard: Enhancing Educational Excellence

Updated May 2017

The Strategic Plan dashboard tracks progress on each strategic goal as well as the overall impact, and there is separate tracking for progress toward Complete College Tennessee Act requirements. By clicking on each dial, visitors can access drill-down lists that provide more detailed supporting data.

Goal 1: Enhancing Educational Excellence

Increase the number, quality and diversity of students graduating from the UT System and benefiting from its distinct educational portfolio to produce at each campus and institute the most capable and best-prepared workforce for society.

Evaluation Criteria

Initiatives

  1. Raise the UT System’s academic quality, stature and impact through educational excellence and student achievement across diverse populations.

  2. Drive educational excellence and student performance and ensure a “best in class” student population.

  3. Establish a System mechanism to ensure campus/institute accountability for faculty quality and productivity.

  4. Develop and coordinate collaborative and innovative academic programs that build on the unique capabilities of the System’s campuses and institutes and drive key outcomes and standards.

Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Enrollment

UT Student Enrollment by Campus

Undergraduate enrollment at UT Chattanooga and UT Knoxville has remained stable over the past six years. UT Martin continues to see enrollment decline, with a 16% decrease from 2011. UTHSC undergraduate enrollment has increased rapidly in the past five years with the additon of new programs.

Graduate and professional student enrollment has declined slightly at UTK and UTC but increased at UTM and UTHSC.


Definition Data Source
Student headcount as of the official fall semester census date (14th class day) for students enrolled in credit-bearing classes—excludes students enrolled in continuing education, extension, co-op, and auditing classes only. THEC Student Information Data Files

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UT Graduate Medical Education Residents/Fellows and Certificates (Completed Residencies)

The number of graduate medical education (GME) residents/fellows has increased 16% from 2011 to 2016, while the number of GME certificates has increased by about 6%.


Definition Data Source
The number of health related post doctoral trainees (residents/fellows) and certifications (completed residencies) in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (e.g., post Doctoral Surgeons, Cardiologists, Orthodontists, ICU Pharmacists, Advanced Rehabilitation Physical Therapists, etc.). Residency education is the period of clinical education in a medical specialty that follows graduation from medical school, and prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine. UT Health Science Center

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Enrollment

Percentage of Out-of-state/International Undergraduates

Systemwide, the number of out of state and international students has increased about 2% during the past 6 years.


Definition Data Source
Student headcount as of the official fall semester census date (14th class day) for students enrolled in credit-bearing classes—excludes students enrolled in continuing education, extension, co-op, and auditing classes only. THEC Student Information Data Files

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Student Diversity

Percentage of UT Students at Each Campus by Level, Gender, and Ethnicity

The percentage of female undergraduates has been relatively constant on most campuses, with a slight decrease at UTHSC.

The percentage of female enrollment at the graduate level shows a decreasing trend at UTM and UTHSC over the past 6 years. Across the UT system, the percentage of female graduate students has remained stable since 2011.

The percentage of minority undergraduate students has been relatively stable, with increases at UTK and decreases at UTC.

The percentage of minority graduate enrollment has increased at all campuses since 2011. UTHSC continues to have the highest percentage of minority graduate students.


Definition Data Source
Gender statistics based on the official fall semester census file (14th class day) THEC Student Information Data Files
Diversity statistics based on the official fall semester census file (14th class day). Minority enrollment includes African American, Hispanic, Native American Indian, Asian, and multiracial. Data prior to 2009 not comparable, due to changes in federal reporting requirements. THEC Student Information Data Files

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Degrees Awarded

UT Degrees Awarded

Since 2011, the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded has increased at each campus.

The number of Master's or Education Specialist degrees granted has decreased in recent years, except at UTHSC.

Systemwide, the number of doctoral degrees awarded has increased steadily since since 2011.

The number of professional degrees awarded systemwide has remained stable since 2011.

Definition Data Source
Total number of bachelor's degrees awarded in academic year (summer, fall, spring terms). Students receiving one degree in two fields (e.g., BA in English and BA in Spanish) are counted twice. THEC Student Information Data Files
Total number of master's and education specialist degrees awarded in academic year (summer, fall, spring terms). Students receiving one degree in two fields (e.g., MA in English and MA in Spanish) are counted twice. THEC Student Information Data Files
Total number of doctoral degrees awarded in academic year (summer, fall, spring terms). Students receiving one degree in two fields (e.g., Ph.D in English and Ph.D in Spanish) are counted twice. THEC Student Information Data Files
Total number of professional degrees (e.g., Law, Medicine, Vet Med, Pharmacy) awarded in academic year (summer, fall, spring terms). Students receiving one degree in two fields (e.g., Ph.D. in English and Ph.D. in Spanish) are counted twice. THEC Student Information Data Files

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Retention and Graduation Rates

First-Year Freshmen Retention Rate

Freshman retention rates have risen significantly at UT Martin and UT Chattanooga since 2011. Systemwide, the freshman retention rate has increased almost three percentage points.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 79.0% 77.4% 78.1% 79.3% 79.6% 81.7%
UT Knoxville 84.5% 84.6% 85.6% 86.6% 84.6% 86.3%
UT Chattanooga 69.3% 67.4% 69.1% 70.0% 71.4% 73.5%
UT Martin 73.1% 70.7% 69.9% 70.8% 74.5% 75.2%

Definition Data Source
Percent of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking college freshmen who continue to their second year (fall to fall retention rate). Fall freshmen cohort includes those who started in the Summer term. Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) Survey

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Retention and Graduation Rates

Six-Year Graduation Rate For New Freshmen

Over the past six years, the six-year graduation rates have increased at all campuses. Systemwide, the six-year graduation rate has increased by about four percentage points.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 55.5% 56.3% 57.0% 58.0% 56.9% 59.2%
UT Knoxville 63.2% 66.1% 67.5% 69.3% 70.3% 68.8%
UT Chattanooga 39.5% 38.2% 37.1% 39.8% 43.6% 44.2%
UT Martin 48.0% 48.9% 46.6% 47.0% 45.7% 50.2%

Definition Data Source
Percent of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking college freshmen who graduate in six years (e.g., 2010 rate= % of Fall 2004 new freshmen who received a baccalaureate degree by end of Summer 2010). Fall freshmen cohort includes those who started in the Summer term. Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) Survey

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Retention and Graduation Rates

Four-Year Graduation Rate for New Freshmen

The 4-year graduation rate for new entering freshmen has significantly increased at all campuses. Systemwide, the 4-year graduation rate has increased by 11 percentage points.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 28.6% 29.4% 31.3% 34.0% 35.1% 39.3%
UT Knoxville 36.8% 38.9% 42.8% 42.8% 45.5% 48.7%
UT Chattanooga 15.1% 16.1% 18.3% 20.7% 21.8% 26.3%
UT Martin 21.4% 20.2% 21.0% 25.0% 23.5% 32.4%

Definition Data Source
Percent of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking college freshmen who graduate in four years (e.g., 2010 rate= % of Fall 2004 new freshmen who received a baccalaureate degree by end of Summer 2008). Fall freshmen cohort includes those who started in the Summer term. Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) Survey

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Student Quality

Average ACT Score for New UT Entering Freshmen

Since 2011, Freshman ACT scores have increased on all campuses. Systemwide, scores have increased by more than 2%.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 24.9 24.9 25.0 25.2 25.5 25.6
UT Knoxville 26.7 26.7 26.8 26.7 26.9 26.9
UT Chattanooga 22.9 23.0 23.2 23.4 23.4 23.7
UT Martin 22.4 22.2 22.3 22.8 22.7 23.0
State Average 19.5 19.7 19.5 19.8 19.8 19.9
National Average 21.1 21.1 20.9 21.0 21.0 20.8

Definition Data Source
Average ACT Composite score for new fall entering freshman. THEC Student Information Data Files

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Student Quality

Average Weighted High School GPA for new UT Entering Freshmen

Average high school GPA has increased system wide over the past six years, with significant increases at UTC and UTM.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 3.65 3.67 3.65 3.64 3.73 3.75
UT Knoxville 3.87 3.89 3.84 3.79 3.89 3.89
UT Chattanooga 3.36 3.37 3.40 3.42 3.48 3.51
UT Martin 3.41 3.46 3.44 3.42 3.49 3.53

Definition Data Source
Average weighted high school GPA for new fall entering freshman. A grade of "A" is 4.0; "B" is 3.0; etc. If a student receives an "A" grade in an Honors or Advanced Placement class, the grade is equal to 5.0. THEC Student Information Data Files

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Student Quality

Average GPA for new UT Entering Transfer Students

Systemwide, the transfering school GPA has increased since 2014.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System  –  –  – 2.98 3.03 3.08
UT Knoxville  –  –  – 0.00 0.00 3.16
UT Chattanooga  –  –  – 2.92 2.96 2.94
UT Martin  –  –  – 2.98 3.07 2.98
UT Health Science Center  –  –  – 3.31 3.39 3.32

Definition Data Source
Average weighted high school GPA for new fall entering freshman. A grade of "A" is 4.0; "B" is 3.0; etc. Student Information System, Extended Data Set

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Faculty Workload

Student to Faculty FTE Ratio

Since 2011, the Student to Facultly FTE ratio has decreased at UTM and UTK but increased at UT Chattanooga.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 18.1 17.5 17.3 17.2 17.6 17.1
UT Knoxville 17.8 17.1 16.7 16.7 17.1 17.1
UT Chattanooga 18.5 17.6 18.3 18.3 19.5 19.2
UT Martin 18.1 17.8 16.9 16.7 16.3 14.9

Definition Data Source
Fall Undergraduate Student full-time equivalent (FTE) divided by Fall faculty FTE. Faculty FTE excludes faculty in stand-along graduate or professional programs. This ratio is used for U.S.News and World Report rankings. Campus Common Data Set Reports

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Faculty

Total Number of UT Faculty

Systemwide, the total number of faculty has increased about 5%. UTHSC had the highest increase of 16% .

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System Total 4,420 4,529 4,591 4,635 4,613 4,632
UT Knoxville 1,857 1,917 1,968 1,994 1,875 1,874
UT Chattanooga 782 821 801 776 719 730
UT Martin 357 360 367 358 353 345
UT Health Science Center 1,288 1,300 1,327 1,375 1,473 1,489
UT Institute of Agriculture 297 299 305 312 305 312

Definition Data Source
The total number of paid faculty whose primary appointment is listed as 'Faculty' as of Nov. 1. UT Knoxville faculty include faculty in the Space Institute and faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) with joint appointment with the Institute of Agriculture. UT System numbers are unduplicated. IRIS Human Resource Business Warehouse Report

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Faculty

Number of Tenure/Tenure-Track UT Faculty

The total number of tenure/tenure-track faculty has remained relatively steady except for UTHSC which decreased by 14% over the last six years.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System Total 2,330 2,323 2,341 2,334 2,287 2,315
UT Knoxville 1,139 1,137 1,172 1,188 1,119 1,152
UT Chattanooga 343 354 345 354 335 358
UT Martin 242 241 245 241 233 223
UT Health Science Center 529 518 503 482 475 455
UT Institute of Agriculture 229 225 221 225 227 234

Definition Data Source
Number of paid faculty as of Nov. 1 who have received tenure or are on the tenure-track. UT Knoxville faculty include faculty in the Space Institute and faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) with joint appointment with the Institute of Agriculture. IRIS Human Resource Business Warehouse Report

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Faculty

Percentage of UT Faculty with Tenure or on Tenure Track

Over the last 6 years, the percentage of the total paid faculty that are tenured or on the tenure track has declined at UTHSC, UTM, UTIA and increased at UTC.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 52.7% 51.3% 51.0% 50.4% 49.6% 49.0%
UT Knoxville 61.3% 59.3% 59.6% 59.6% 59.7% 61.5%
UT Chattanooga 43.9% 43.1% 43.1% 45.6% 46.6% 46.6%
UT Martin 67.8% 66.9% 66.8% 67.3% 66.0% 64.6%
UT Health Science Center 41.1% 39.8% 37.9% 35.1% 32.2% 30.6%
UT Institute of Agriculture 77.1% 75.3% 72.5% 72.1% 74.4% 75.0%

Definition Data Source
Percentage of paid faculty as of Nov. 1, who are tenured or on the tenure-track. IRIS Human Resource Business Warehouse Report

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Faculty

Percentage of UT Full-Time Faculty that are Tenured or on Tenure Track

Systemwide, the percentage of the full-time faculty that are tenured or on the tenure-track has declined by about 6% over the last 6 years.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 66.6% 65.3% 64.4% 63.3% 61.8% 60.8%
UT Knoxville 72.8% 71.0% 71.1% 70.3% 70.9% 71.1%
UT Chattanooga 70.9% 70.8% 69.7% 72.5% 71.7% 71.9%
UT Martin 79.3% 77.5% 78.5% 77.9% 74.6% 71.9%
UT Health Science Center 50.9% 49.5% 46.3% 43.2% 39.9% 37.1%
UT Institute of Agriculture 80.1% 78.7% 76.7% 76.5% 77.9% 77.6%

Definition Data Source
Percentage of paid faculty as of Nov. 1, who are tenured or on the tenure-track. IRIS Human Resource Business Warehouse Report

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Faculty

Percentage of Tenured UT Faculty that are Minorities

Faculty that are tenured or on the tenure-track are becoming more diverse. Between 2011 and 2016, the percentage of faculty who are minority increased by more than 3%.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 16.0% 16.4% 17.0% 17.7% 18.3% 19.2%
UT Knoxville 16.0% 16.7% 17.5% 18.2% 18.0% 18.2%
UT Chattanooga 12.5% 13.3% 14.8% 15.8% 16.1% 16.9%
UT Martin 9.1% 9.5% 9.8% 10.8% 11.2% 10.9%
UT Health Science Center 21.7% 21.4% 21.1% 22.0% 22.7% 25.8%
UT Institute of Agriculture 14.4% 13.8% 14.5% 14.2% 13.2% 14.5%

Definition Data Source
Percent of faculty who are tenured or on the tenure track, as of Nov. 1. Minority faculty includes African American, Hispanic, Native American Indian, Asian, and multiracial. Data prior to 2009 not comparable, due to changes in federal reporting requirements. IRIS Human Resource Business Warehouse Report

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Faculty

Percentage of Non-Tenure-Track UT Faculty that are Full-Time

Systemwide, the percentage of non-tenure track faculty that are full-time increased by 7% between 2011 and 2016.

Data chart
  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
UT System 55.4% 54.0% 55.4% 57.4% 59.8% 62.4%
UT Knoxville 59.2% 57.9% 57.9% 66.1% 60.4% 63.2%
UT Chattanooga 32.1% 31.8% 35.3% 34.9% 34.4% 33.3%
UT Martin 54.8% 57.4% 57.3% 56.7% 65.8% 70.5%
UT Health Science Center 64.7% 60.2% 61.3% 59.7% 67.2% 70.0%
UT Institute of Agriculture 83.8% 82.4% 79.8% 79.3% 82.1% 82.1%

Definition Data Source
Percentage of paid non-tenure track faculty as of Nov. 1 who are employed full-time. IRIS Human Resource Business Warehouse Report

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