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Advancing the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
       Towards the Top 25
Rising to the Top 25
Realize UTK’s Potential to Serve the State as a
Leading Public Research University


Governor's Chall...
Defining Top 25
Peer Universities and Performance Measures


   Broad-based Task Force to assess our current position rel...
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Current Position – Undergraduate Education
Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group


                              ...
Current Position
            Six-Year Graduation Rates

            UTK’s graduation rates are the lowest among all compar...
Improvement Opportunity
            Six-Year Graduation Rates
            We need to improve more rapidly, as Minnesota an...
Current Position – Graduate Education
Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group


                                   ...
Graduate Education
           Number of Ph.D.s Awarded (2008 to 2009)

            UTK awards fewer Ph.D.s than all but tw...
Current Position – Research
Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group


                                             ...
Current Position – Faculty
Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group


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Current Position – Financial Resources & Infrastructure
Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group



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Improvement Areas
Successful Universities


Case Studies
   Clemson and Minnesota advanced into US News Top 25 ranking in...
Moving From Analysis to Action
Our Next Steps


Next Steps
 Communication to stakeholders

   Specific action plans, rel...
 Ambitious Plan
 We need your help.
 The journey we take is more
 important than achieving the goal.



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"Advancing the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Towards the Top 25," delivered by Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek

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  1. 1. Advancing the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Towards the Top 25
  2. 2. Rising to the Top 25 Realize UTK’s Potential to Serve the State as a Leading Public Research University Governor's Challenge  Become a Top 25 public research university in a decade Opportunity  Increase the quality and value of education  Further develop our strengths in research  Expand our contribution to economic growth and development  Strengthen the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus for the benefit of all Tennesseans 2
  3. 3. Defining Top 25 Peer Universities and Performance Measures  Broad-based Task Force to assess our current position relative to Top 25 public universities  Group of 27 comparison universities  Quantitative performance measures  Metrics relating to infrastructure and faculty 3
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  5. 5. Current Position – Undergraduate Education Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group Top 25 UTK vs. Target Metrics UTK Target Group ACT Equivalent 29/24 28.5/23.5 +.5/.5 (75th/25th Percentile) Retention Rate 84% 90% -6 pts (1st to 2nd Year) 6-Year Graduation Rate 60% 75% -15 pts 5
  6. 6. Current Position Six-Year Graduation Rates UTK’s graduation rates are the lowest among all comparison schools. 95 UVA UCLA UNC UC Berkeley Graduation Rate (%) Penn State Michigan UMD - Wisconsin College Park Florida Illinois Georgia UC - Santa Barbara Clemson UC Davis Texas A&M UT - Austin Michigan State Pitt Washington Indiana Ohio State Purdue NC State Rutgers Iowa State Minnesota Auburn Rank #52, 59.8% 50 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Rank Source: Common Data Sets 2008-2009; U.S. News and World Report; 2008 Data Presented – Tracking Fall 2002 Cohort 6
  7. 7. Improvement Opportunity Six-Year Graduation Rates We need to improve more rapidly, as Minnesota and Ohio State have done. 75% Ohio State, +11 pts 73% 71% Six-Year Graduation Rate (%) 69% 67% Minnesota, +10 pts 65% 63% 61% +1 pt 59% 57% 55% 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 7 Source: UTK Institutional Data; Common Data Sets
  8. 8. Current Position – Graduate Education Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group Top 25 UTK vs. Target Metrics UTK Target Group Number of Ph.D. Degrees Awarded 277 486 -209 Number of Master’s and Professional 1,845 2,130 -285 Degrees Awarded 8
  9. 9. Graduate Education Number of Ph.D.s Awarded (2008 to 2009) UTK awards fewer Ph.D.s than all but two schools. 1000 900 800 700 Number of Ph.D.s Awarded 600 500 400 300 277 200 100 0 University 9 Source: Common Data Sets 2008-2009
  10. 10. Current Position – Research Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group Top 25 UTK vs. Target Metrics ($ Millions) UTK Target Group Federal Research Expenditures $70 $182 -$112 Total Research Expenditures $165 $427 -$262 10
  11. 11. Current Position – Faculty Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group Top 25 UTK vs. Target Metrics UTK Target Group Avg. Tenure-Line Faculty $66.8 - $107.7 K $72.6 - $120.0 K -$5.8 - $12.3 K Salary Range Faculty Awards 10 32 -22 11
  12. 12. Current Position – Financial Resources & Infrastructure Relative Standing Compared to the Top 25 Group Top 25 UTK vs. Target Metrics UTK Target Group Total Operating Expenditures/ $16,100 $24,300 -$8,200 Student Endowment/ Student $14,380 $38,400 -$24,020 12
  13. 13. Improvement Areas Successful Universities Case Studies  Clemson and Minnesota advanced into US News Top 25 ranking in the past five years Common Characteristics  Sustained commitment to improvement, with long-term goals  Progress tracked along measurable performance dimensions  Regular reports to stakeholders  Diverse sources of funds 13
  14. 14. Moving From Analysis to Action Our Next Steps Next Steps  Communication to stakeholders  Specific action plans, related investments and prioritization  Potential sources of funds, including efficiency and effectiveness October 2010 Board Meeting  Action Plan  Financial Plan  Progress Tracking and Reporting Approach 14
  15. 15.  Ambitious Plan  We need your help.  The journey we take is more important than achieving the goal. 15

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