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UT President Petersen Introduces Strategic Plan
Memphis, Tenn. (July 31, 2006) -- More students who
finish their degrees, research that sparks economic development, and programs
that reach across the state and around the world are the targets of a strategic
plan being introduced this week by University of Tennessee President
Petersen is outlining the plan during a statewide
campus tour throughout the UT System. He will meet with community leaders and
area legislators on the UT Chattanooga campus Tuesday, the Martin campus
Wednesday and the
“As challenging as this plan’s goals
are, the prospect of their results is even more exciting,” Petersen said. “With
A year in the making, the plan is organized into three mission-oriented focus areas: student access and success; research and economic development; and outreach and globalization. Benchmarks have been set for several defining elements of each focus area, and yearly goals both external and internal are being set through 2012.
External goals are set for:
- Student Access – Enrollment of underrepresented groups, enrollment overall and student scholarship support.
- Student Success – Graduation rate of underrepresented groups, graduation rates overall, and among students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Research – Annual research expenditures, recruitment of premier faculty, research prizes and faculty membership in prestigious national academies.
- Economic Development – Intellectual property disclosures, patents issued, and economic impact of technology transfer
- Outreach – Patients or clients served through University units, faculty engagement in externally funded outreach, annual expenditures for outreach.
- Globalization – Students with UT-sponsored international study experience; active, formal international collaboration agreements; faculty engaged in sponsored international projects.
Internal goals address faculty salaries and size of administration budget compared to peers, staff salaries compared to market, faculty and staff diversity, and awareness of strategic emphasis components.
Petersen said a strategic vision for UT has been his top priority since becoming the University’s 23rd president on July 1, 2004. UT Executive Vice President Jack Britt has overseen plan development since it began in August 2005.
21st century is going to see a steadily growing demand for a more
educated workforce across the nation and in
“Now and in the future, we are operating globally,
not nationally, and the
Britt said in addition to producing more students with college degrees, economic development through research and economic initiatives, the plan’s outreach and globalization elements are about better dealing with change and thus uniquely suited to UT’s mission.
“Historically, land-grant universities were created
as agents of change, essentially with a goal of raising up the working class –
creating opportunity for whole segments of society to vastly improve their
situations,” Britt said. “Based on that mission and as
Petersen said plan goals also enable the University
to maintain its historic place as “a major contributor to the
intellectual, cultural, and economic development of
members of the UT community work together to continuously improve the
institution,” Petersen added, “we also build a university that has more and
more to contribute to
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission
of education, research, patient care and community service, all in support of a
single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of
postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus, which includes six colleges,
is located in
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