Since embarking on its journey to become a Top 25 public research university, UT Knoxville has made some good progress in its five priority areas—undergraduate education, graduate education, research, faculty and staff, and financial resources and infrastructure. To view Chancellor Cheek’s recent presentation to the Board of Trustees and to find all of the latest updates, see the new Vol Vision/Top 25 website.
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Thanks to faculty and staff who took the Chronicle of Higher Education Best Colleges survey. The campus received a 43 percent participation rate. Results will help administrators to better understand the working environment and culture, our strengths, and areas that need improvement.
UT Knoxville is participating in the “2011 Great Colleges to Work For” survey administered by ModernThink, LLC. Sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the survey will be sent to all UT Knoxville full- and part-time faculty members, administrators and exempt staff. The survey will complement a system-wide employee engagement survey which will be conducted by UT Human Resources this fall. That survey will encompass faculty, exempt and non-exempt staff across the state and allow every campus to gain a picture of all employee groups.
In the last few months, you have heard a lot about both the VOL Vision strategic plan and the Top 25 initiative. You may be wondering how they are different, how they are alike, and, most importantly, how they will work together to make UT Knoxville the best university it can be.
A series of meetings have been set for UT Knoxville faculty, staff and students to provide input on VOL Vision, the campus’ strategic plan, which is now under development. To keep the groups to a manageable size, colleges and specific employee groups will have their own meetings. However, two open sessions for faculty and staff have been planned, as well as one open forum for students.
Vol Vision, a planning process to engage the campus in a robust dialog regarding UT Knoxville’s future, has launched its Web site, which includes an online feedback form so that you can submit your thoughts electronically. Along with the Vol Vision draft strategic plan document, the site includes a timeline, information about discussion groups and some background on the process. It also includes reports generated by subcommittees that met throughout the 2007-2008 academic year.