Annual Report to the General Assembly 2014

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From the President

Fifty-five percent by 2025. That’s Gov. Haslam’s goal for the number of Tennesseans with a degree. It’s a big jump from the current rate of 32 percent. To achieve this goal, we must all work together. Alongside Tennessee Board of Regents institutions, the University of Tennessee is boosting degrees in our state by attracting, retaining and graduating our students.

More help is needed, however, to maintain momentum of the Complete College Tennessee Act, which rewards institutions for better performance. Education has to be a higher priority in the state. Through improved education at all levels, Tennessee can have a more competitive workforce and stronger future.

At the University of Tennessee, we’re taking a hard look at our business model and at how much students pay in tuition. We’re looking at every possible way we can be efficient, effective and entrepreneurial.

I look forward to 2015 and our drive to make education the best it can be in this state. All Tennesseans, current and future, deserve that opportunity.

Dr. Joseph A. DiPietro