As part of the VOL Vision Strategic Plan, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville identified improving retention and graduation of our students as one key to success as an institution of higher education. Since the 2010 adoption of the strategic plan, we have been working toward increasing our six-year graduation rate to 75 percent and our first-year to second-year retention rate of first-time students to 90 percent. Data relating to the progress and other information about student success is available on the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website and provided by other departments. Below is a description of what is available and links to take you to the information.
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment Resources
Assessment data includes summary data for the
- California Critical Thinking Skills Test – this test is given annually to seniors to assess their critical thinking skills
- Major Field Testing Results – required by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, each undergraduate academic major tests their students on basic knowledge required by graduates. The test is administered on a five-year cycle, though many departments administer the exam more frequently.
- The UT Fact Book provides detailed information about admissions, enrollment, faculty and staff, finances, facilities and outcomes.
- Results of licensure exams.
- Freshman Retention and Graduation report.
- Various other assessment projects, including alumni and employer survey reports.
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment’s various other reports are available, including the Common Data Set (an annual accounting of enrollment, retention and graduation, student life, annual expenses, financial aid and faculty resources), and U.S. News & World Report rankings comparison data.
In addition to the quantitative data relating to the characteristics of our students, each academic program is required to identify student learning outcomes and report on their progress toward students achieving these outcomes. For more information, contact the individual program or the Office of Accreditation.
The Graduate School and Professional Colleges
The Graduate School provides leadership and guidance for graduate and professional faculty, students and programs. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment provides data relating to graduate programs in the UT Fact Book.
The College of Veterinary Medicine Prospective Students webpage provides information about curriculum; tuition, fees, and expenses; admissions procedures; admissions requirements; applicant statistics; and accreditation status.
The College of Law provides admissions profile data, employment data, and other data for prospective students on its ABA Required Disclosures webpage.
The Dean of Students: Consumer Information and Student Right to Know Information
In compliance with Title IV and other federal and state disclosure laws, the Consumer Information and Student Right to Know webpage consolidates links to information about various topics including such as
- faculty and instructional personnel (undergraduate programs, majors and minors; Faculty Senate)
- enrollment (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), transfer of credit policies)
- financial aid (tuition, other costs, scholarships, loans, grants)
- services for students with disabilities
- campus safety
One Stop Express Student Services
The One Stop Express Student Services website consolidates information regarding registration, grades, graduation, personal information and finances. Besides the virtual One Stop Center, the office has a physical location on the ground floor of John C. Hodges Library in the heart of campus convenient to students.