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 6-year graduation rate to 70 percent and our first-year to second-year retention rate of first-time students to 87 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.
Division of Student Success
This Division works to engage each scholar’s experience by supporting their unique strengths and goals, collaborating with UT faculty and staff to help each scholar maximize their individual strengths and understand how their strengths contribute to their academic dreams, career paths, and personal well-being.
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
- 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
- National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) surveys
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.
Experience Learning QEP Assessment
Assessment for the institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) includes both direct and indirect measures.
Direct assessment is critical for evaluating Experience Learning’s impact on student learning at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The UT QEP uses a series of rubrics designed around each of the student learning outcomes and associated benchmarks as direct assessment of student learning.
Indirect assessments complement direct assessments by measuring changes in attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors resulting from experiential learning. The QEP’s indirect assessment is critical for assessing changes in student learning, which are best reflected in the attitudes and dispositions of students.
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.