The university has won a prestigious national honor for improving its retention and graduation rates. At its meeting this morning in Orlando, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities honored UT with its “Most Visible Progress” Trailblazer award. Now in its second year, the award encourages colleges and universities to make retention and graduation a high priority by rewarding and highlighting programs that work.
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UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek shared an update with the UT Board of Trustees last week describing the “dramatic progress” and “tremendous amount of momentum” in the university’s journey to become a Top 25 public research university.
UT announced today an aggressive student housing redevelopment plan that will transform the student experience and accommodate the growth in student learning communities. The plan involves replacing six residence halls around Presidential Court with seven new modern facilities in five years.
UT’s Facilities Services employees are sporting an updated look—light gray shirts and charcoal pants. The new uniforms come as part of the department’s reorganization effort, which is in line with the university’s long-range master plan and its goal to become a Top 25 public research university.
UT is ranked 47th among all public universities, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 rankings released today. U.S. News ranked UT 101st among all national universities, the same as 2013, and 47th among all public universities, down one spot from 2013.
Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has announced administrative changes to continue the university’s focus on becoming a Top 25 public research university and to prepare for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools re-accreditation review in 2015.
While the journey to become a Top 25 university has already brought about great change, the university must address significant challenges ahead to reach the goal, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek told the UT Board of Trustees on Friday. Cheek updated the board on several aspects of the Top 25 initiative, including the campus’s progress in graduate education, research, and infrastructure and resources.
Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity at UT. He will begin work in June 2013.
For Angela Kirkpatrick, a freshman at UT Knoxville on a pre-med track, the $2,500 Regal Scholarship made it possible for her to further her education and pursue her dreams of becoming a pediatric doctor. The Regal Scholars program, in its third year, provides $2,500 annual scholarships for up to forty Knox County students at UT—ten freshmen, ten sophomores, ten juniors, and ten seniors.
Four members of the mathematics faculty are among the first class of American Mathematical Society Fellows. The program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement communication, and utilization of mathematics.