Defining the Future: The University of Tennessee Strategic Plan

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Dashboard: Enhancing Educational Excellence

Updated May 2016

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 System Total Student Enrollment

Systemwide, the total student enrollment has remained relatively unchanged over the past 5 years.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Total Enrollment 49,545 49,244 49,127 49,098 49,136
Undergraduate Enrollment 38,605 38,401 38,504 38,656 38,647
Graduate Enrollment 10,940 10,843 10,623 10,442 10,489

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
Enrollment

UT Undergraduate Student Enrollment by Campus

Undergraduate enrollment at UT Chattanooga has increased over last five years and remained stable at UT Knoxville. UT Martin continues to see enrollment decline, with a 3% decrease from 2014. UTHSC undergraduate enrollment has increased rapidly in the past five years with the addition of new programs.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT Knoxville 21,126 20,829 21,033 21,451 21,863
UT Chattanooga 9,891 10,159 10,297 10,315 10,084
UT Martin 7,500 7,326 7,025 6,677 6,435
UT Health Science Center 88 87 149 213 265
UT System Total 38,605 38,401 38,504 38,656 38,647

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
Enrollment

UT Graduate Student Enrollment by Campus

Graduate and professional student enrollment has declined slightly on all campuses except for UTHSC.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT Knoxville 6,253 6,189 6,138 5,959 5,982
UT Chattanooga 1,547 1,501 1,377 1,355 1,304
UT Martin 413 425 398 365 392
UT Health Science Center 2,727 2,728 2,710 2,763 2,811
UT System 10,940 10,843 10,623 10,442 10,489

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
Enrollment

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

The number of graduate medical education (GME) residents/fellows has increased about 10% from 2010 to 2014, while the number of GME certificates has increased by 53%.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Residents/Fellows 1,222 1,254 1,290 1,307 1,318
Certificates 389 406 404 458 413

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

The number of out of state and international students has increased by about 2% over the past 5 years at UT Knoxville and UT Martin. UT Chattanooga has remained stable.

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  Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
UT Knoxville 10.5% 10.1% 11.2% 12.0% 12.9%
UT Chattanooga 5.8% 5.7% 5.6% 5.8% 6.2%
UT Martin 5.7% 5.7% 6.5% 7.4% 7.9%
UT System 8.4% 8.1% 8.9% 9.6% 10.4%

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Student Diversity

Percentage of UT Undergraduate Students that are Female

The percentage of female undergraduates has been relatively constant on all campuse. UTHSC has seen a 4 point increase in female undergraduate enrollment since 2014.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 52.2% 52.5% 52.4% 52.7% 52.8%
UT Knoxville 48.5% 48.7% 49.0% 49.2% 49.3%
UT Chattanooga 55.5% 55.2% 55.2% 55.5% 56.2%
UT Martin 57.6% 58.8% 57.6% 58.3% 58.0%
UT Health Science Center 92.0% 95.4% 87.2% 85.4% 89.1%

Definition Data Source
Gender statistics based on the official fall semester census file (14th class day) THEC Student Information Data Files

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Student Diversity

Percentage of UT Graduate Students that are Female

The percentage of female enrollment at the graduate level shows a decreasing trend at UTHSC over the past 5 years. Across the UT system, the percentage of female graduate students has remained stable since 2011.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 54.8% 54.5% 54.1% 54.1% 54.4%
UT Knoxville 52.1% 51.9% 52.1% 52.4% 52.6%
UT Chattanooga 56.3% 55.6% 54.8% 53.0% 54.2%
UT Martin 66.6% 69.9% 67.8% 70.7% 68.9%
UT Health Science Center 58.3% 57.3% 56.1% 56.1% 56.3%

Definition Data Source
Gender statistics based on the official fall semester census file (14th class day) THEC Student Information Data Files

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Student Diversity

Percentage of Minority UT Undergraduate Students

The percentage of minority undergraduate students has increased at all campuses, except for UTC, since 2011.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 18.7% 18.4% 19.0% 19.3% 19.1%
UT Knoxville 14.8% 15.4% 15.8% 16.3% 16.7%
UT Chattanooga 26.6% 23.1% 24.3% 24.6% 23.5%
UT Martin 19.2% 20.2% 20.6% 20.5% 20.3%
UT Health Science Center 23.9% 21.8% 36.9% 30.0% 29.8%

Definition Data Source
Diversity statistics based on the official fall semester census file (14th class day). Minority enrollment includes African American, Hispanic, Native American Indian, Asian, and Multi-Racial. 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
Student Diversity

Percentage of Minority UT Graduate Students

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

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 13.4% 13.9% 14.2% 14.9% 16.6%
UT Knoxville 10.5% 10.5% 10.6% 11.9% 13.2%
UT Chattanooga 14.0% 12.4% 15.8% 14.4% 17.7%
UT Martin 10.9% 15.5% 13.8% 12.1% 13.8%
UT Health Science Center 20.1% 22.2% 21.9% 21.9% 23.6%

Definition Data Source
Diversity statistics based on the official fall semester census file (14th class day). Minority enrollment includes African American, Hispanic, Native American Indian, Asian, and Multi-Racial. 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 Bachelor's Degrees Awarded

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

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 7,016 7,499 7,625 7,688 7,805
UT Knoxville 4,522 4,731 4,621 4,561 4,634
UT Chattanooga 1,386 1,596 1,718 1,847 1,883
UT Martin 1,054 1,133 1,248 1,242 1,210
UT Health Science Center 45 39 38 38 78

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

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Degrees Awarded

UT Master's or Education Specialist Degrees Awarded

The number of Master's or Education Specialist degrees granted has remained relatively stable systemwide.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 2,252 2,395 2,385 2,334 2,239
UT Knoxville 1,515 1,583 1,607 1,579 1,530
UT Chattanooga 432 490 446 432 414
UT Martin 131 132 124 104 119
UT Health Science Center 174 190 208 219 176

Definition Data Source
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

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Degrees Awarded

UT Doctoral Degrees Awarded

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

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 431 515 547 532 571
UT Knoxville 270 319 319 317 353
UT Chattanooga 60 54 68 70 64
UT Health Science Center 101 142 160 145 154

Definition Data Source
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

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Goal 1. Enhancing Educational Excellence
Degrees Awarded

UT Professional Degrees Awarded

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

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 631 649 625 597 634
UT Knoxville 211 252 246 232 219
UT Health Science Center 420 397 379 365 415

Definition Data Source
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

In the five year period 2011-2015, freshman retention rates rose at UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga. Systemwide, the freshman retention rate has remained stable.

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

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 five years, the six-year graduation rates have increased at all campuses except for UT Martin. Systemwide, the six-year graduation rate has increased by 2 percentage points.

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

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 four-year graduation rate for new entering freshmen has increased at all campuses. For the system, the 4-year graduation rate has increased by two percentage points.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT Knoxville 36.8% 38.9% 42.8% 42.8% 45.5%
UT System 28.6% 29.4% 31.3% 34.0% 35.1%
UT Martin 21.4% 20.2% 21.0% 25.0% 23.4%
UT Chattanooga 15.1% 16.1% 18.3% 20.7% 21.8%

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 remained stable on all campuses.

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

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 five years, with significant increases at all three institutions from 2014 to 2015.

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

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

The transfering school GPA has been increasing for new undergraduate transfers.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System  –  –  – 2.98 3.03
UT Knoxville  –  –  – 0.00 0.00
UT Chattanooga  –  –  – 2.92 2.96
UT Martin  –  –  – 2.98 3.07
UT Health Science Center  –  –  – 3.31 3.39

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

The Student to Facultly FTE ratio has decreased at UT Knoxville and UT Martin, but is increasing at UT Chattanooga.

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

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

Over the last five years, the total number of faculty has remained stable on most campuses, with UT Health Science Center having a 14% increase.

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

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. 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 10% over the last five years.

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

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 5 years, the percentage of the total paid faculty that are tenured or on the tenure track has declined on all campuses except for UTC which increased by about 3%.

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

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 almost 5% over the last 5 years.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 66.6% 65.3% 64.4% 63.3% 61.8%
UT Knoxville 72.8% 71.0% 71.1% 70.3% 65.9%
UT Chattanooga 70.9% 70.8% 69.7% 72.5% 71.7%
UT Martin 79.3% 77.5% 78.5% 77.9% 74.6%
UT Health Science Center 50.9% 49.5% 46.3% 43.2% 39.9%
UT Institute of Agriculture 80.1% 78.7% 76.7% 76.5% 77.9%

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 2010 and 2014, the percentage of minority faculty increased by more than 2%.

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

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 between 2011 and 2015, with increases last year of over 7% for UT Knoxville and UT Martin.

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  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
UT System 55.4% 55.1% 56.7% 58.0% 59.8%
UT Knoxville 59.2% 59.1% 58.7% 62.0% 70.8%
UT Chattanooga 32.1% 31.0% 32.7% 31.8% 34.4%
UT Martin 54.8% 58.8% 54.9% 58.1% 65.8%
UT Health Science Center 64.7% 63.4% 66.4% 66.7% 67.2%
UT Institute of Agriculture 83.8% 82.4% 79.8% 79.3% 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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