News & Announcements
Get Motivated! Business Seminar This is a one day seminar on July 21, 2010 which is free to staff who want to address office issues such as motivation, excellence, leadership, goal achievement, and teamwork. www.GetMotivated.com -2010-06-30
Efficiencies and Effective Practices Committee
Enrollment Services has formed a new committee to identify practices that need improvement with the goal of creating a more student centered/focused environment. Our changes/accomplishments will be benchmarked against our desired results. Effective Practices hopefully will demonstrate a connection to our Department goals and mission to serve students better and more efficiently. Our accomplishments will have outcomes that are measurable, cost-effective, and sustainable over the long term. -2010-06-30
2009 Chancellor's Report includes a list of strategic priorities that will be worked on during the next few years. I think you will find the report very interesting and worthwhile reading. -2010-04-26
Vol Vision - A Draft Strategic Plan
I would like to see each and everyone of you get involved with this very important strategic plan. Help define the path to lasting excellence for this campus.
Student Access and Success
Our door says "admissions," but our mission is much more. Student access and success are among our highest goals.
This year's freshman class arrived with an average GPA of 3.76 and a 26.6 average ACT score. Both scores are the highest ever for an entering class.
As UT Knoxville becomes more a school of choice for our state'sóand nation'sóbest and brightest students, we must increase our efforts to maintain a diverse student body and increase accessibility for all qualified students.
To that end, this year we dedicated an additional $1 million to expand the Pledge and Promise Scholarship programs. We also launched UT LEAD, a program that assists students through academic counseling, first-year seminars, leadership development programs and other learning opportunities.
Fifty-five studentsómost of them Promise Scholarship recipientsójust attended the first LEAD Summer Institute. They lived on campus and got a taste of college life and a chance to develop a support network of friends before the semester started.
The Pledge Scholarship, approved by the UT Board of Trustees in the summer of 2005, provides for the cost of attendance, including tuition and fees and room and board, for low-income Tennessee residents.
This fall, the income eligibility guideline was adjusted so more students could benefit from Pledge, which now covers books, too.
The Promise Scholarship has succeeded in recruiting students from high schools that have traditionally been underrepresented at UT Knoxville. Last year, applications from Promise high school students were up 46 percent over the previous year. Applications from Promise are up another 10 percent this year.
We have also increased the number of seats set aside for students whose admission was deferred until spring; and we are allowing those students and Tennessee Board of Regents Community College graduates who transfer to UT to remain eligible for both the Pledge and Promise scholarships.
We look forward to a great year, and we will continue to search for innovative ways to ensure student access and success.
-Published in UT Voices on 2008-09-09