Defining the Future: The University of Tennessee Strategic Plan

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Dashboard: Complete College Tennessee Act

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.

Complete College Tennessee Act

The Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010 revised law governing higher education in this state and provided a new funding formula based on outcomes. Learn more.

Evaluation Metrics


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UT Students Accumulating 30 Credit Hours


Systemwide, the number of students accumulating 30 hours has declined slightly over the last 5 years. However, Knoxville increased by more than 6% over the last year.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 4,987 4,641 4,591 4,493 4,790
UT Chattanooga 2,492 2,241 2,342 2,445 2,232
UT Martin 2,103 1,809 1,800 1,571 1,515
UT System Total 9,583 8,692 8,733 8,508 8,537

Definition Data Source
Number of students who pass the 30 cumulative student credit hour benchmark during the prior academic year (summer, fall, spring semesters). Data are not comparable over time due to a change in definition combined with errors in THEC calculation program. THEC Student Information Systems

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UT Students Accumulating 60 Credit Hours


The number of students accumulating 60 hours has remained relatively steady over the last 5 years.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 5,266 5,246 5,267 5,272 5,174
UT Chattanooga 2,352 2,118 2,151 2,197 2,351
UT Martin 1,926 1,831 1,681 1,682 1,617
UT System Total 9,544 9,195 9,098 9,151 9,142

Definition Data Source
Number of students who pass the 60 cumulative student credit hour benchmark during the prior academic year (summer, fall, spring semesters). Data are not comparable over time due to a change in definition combined with errors in THEC calculation program. THEC Student Information Systems

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UT Students Accumulating 90 Credit Hours


Students accumulating 90 hours has beeen relatively constant over the past 5 years.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 5,937 5,422 5,583 5,613 5,683
UT Chattanooga 2,351 2,421 2,330 2,390 2,526
UT Martin 1,336 1,870 1,850 1,869 1,876
UT System Total 9,624 9,713 9,762 9,871 10,085

Definition Data Source
Number of students who pass the 90 cumulative student credit hour benchmark during the prior academic year (summer, fall, spring semesters). THEC Student Information Systems

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UT Undergraduates Transferring Out With 12 Hours

The number of students transferring out has been increasing at UT Chattanooga, stable at UT Martin, and fluctuating at UT Knoxville.
(2014-15 data not yet available)

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 444 599 609 569  –
UT Chattanooga 429 573 606 642  –
UT Martin 223 260 264 410  –
UT System Total 1,389 1,432 1,479 1,621  –

Definition Data Source
Number of students who transferred out to any public, private or out-of-state institution in the prior academic year who had accumulated at least 12 student credit hours at UT. THEC Student Information Systems

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Six-Year Graduation Rate for New UT Freshmen


Over the last 5 years, graduation rates for new freshmen have increased at UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga, but have declined at UT Martin.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 73.9% 75.7% 77.2% 79.3% 78.4%
UT Chattanooga 54.8% 54.2% 53.4% 54.2% 58.8%
UT Martin 59.3% 59.6% 57.1% 58.4% 57.2%
UT System Average 67.4% 68.3% 68.0% 69.3% 69.3%

Definition Data Source
Graduation rate for summer/fall first-time, full-time freshman who enrolled six years earlier (e.g., 2010-11 graduation rates represents rate for new freshmen entering in 2004. THEC Student Information Systems

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Bachelor's Degrees Awarded


Since 2010-11, the number of bachleors degrees awarded systemwide has increased by over 15%

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 5,713 6,119 6,017 6,026 6,127
UT Chattanooga 1,964 2,285 2,476 2,627 2,707
UT Martin 1,592 1,734 1,977 1,958 1,871
UT System Total 9,269 10,139 10,469 10,611 10,705

Definition Data Source
Number of bachelor's degrees conferred during the prior academic year (Summer, Fall, Spring).
Note: This is an unduplicated headcount and may not coincide with the Degrees Awarded graphs in Goal 1.
THEC Student Information Systems

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Master/Education Specialist Degrees Awarded


The number of master's and education specialist degrees awarded has remained fairly stable.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 1,515 1,583 1,607 1,579 1,552
UT Chattanooga 432 490 446 433 428
UT Martin 131 132 122 104 119
UT System Total 2,078 2,205 2,175 2,116 2,099

Definition Data Source
Number of master's and education specialist degrees conferred during the prior academic year (Summer, Fall, Spring).
Note: This is an unduplicated headcount and may not coincide with the Degrees Awarded graphs in Goal 1.
THEC Student Information Systems

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Doctoral and Professional Degrees Awarded


The number of Doctoral and professional degrees awarded has increased about 17% over the past 5 years.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 481 571 565 549 572
UT Chattanooga 60 54 68 70 64
UT System Total 541 625 633 619 636

Definition Data Source
Number of doctoral and law degrees conferred during the prior academic year (Summer, Fall, Spring).
Note: This is an unduplicated headcount and may not coincide with the Degrees Awarded graphs in Goal 1.
THEC Student Information Systems

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UT Bachelor's Degrees per 100 Student FTE


The number of bachelors degrees per 100 student FTE has increased significantly at UT Chattanooga and UT Martin, and has remained relatively constant at UT Knoxville.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville 21.1 23.6 23.0 22.5 22.5
UT Chattanooga 15.5 17.0 18.1 18.8 19.8
UT Martin 15.7 16.8 19.0 19.4 19.6
UT System Average 15.7 16.8 19.0 20.2 20.6

Definition Data Source
Number of bachelor's degrees conferred during the prior academic year (summer, fall, spring semesters) divided by undergraduate FTE generated during the academic year. Data are not comparable over time due to a change in definition combined with errors in THEC calculation program. THEC Student Information Systems

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UT Research Expenditures

Research Expenditures have decreased at UT Knoxville and have been relatively stable at UT Chattanooga and UT Martin.

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  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
UT Knoxville $151,215,597 $149,350,434 $154,378,165 $145,602,228 $138,314,792
UT Chattanooga $10,350,479 $11,444,947 $10,409,340 $9,186,021 $8,607,946
UT Martin $3,646,780 $3,036,994 $2,001,804 $2,233,932 $2,270,725
UT System Total $165,212,856 $163,832,376 $166,789,309 $157,022,181 $149,193,463

Definition Data Source
Expenditures on activities eligible for indirect cost allocation, primarily but not exclusively externally generated funding for research, service or instruction. UTK excludes UTIA and Space Institute, IPS, and UT Health Science Center. Reported by UT Controller's Office

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