The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will serve as a national model for an engaged metropolitan university whose faculty, staff, and students, in collaboration with external partners, employ the intellectual resources of the liberal arts and professional programs to enrich the lives of those we serve.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga interprets the land-grant spirit of service for the 21st century through people, partnerships, and performance:
- We are committed to preparing educated men and women for meaningful and productive lives.
- We educate students for life in a global society.
- We promote and celebrate the diversity of people and ideas.
- We provide reasonable and affordable access to higher education.
- We embrace active and collaborative learning through partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and the community.
- We encourage frequent, respectful, and collegial interaction among students, faculty, staff, and community.
- We provide opportunities for our students to augment intellectual development through participation in artistic, cultural, social, and athletic activities.
- We develop partnerships that strengthen the university and our community.
- We prepare our students and alumni to apply knowledge to the challenges of a changing society.
- We use the interconnected activities of teaching, research, and service to promote learning, problem solving, and innovation.
- We use technology to enhance teaching, research, operations, and community outreach.
- We use our resources in a prudent manner to accomplish our mission.
- We use multiple measures to evaluate the performance of our students, faculty, staff, and programs.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097. Telephone: 404-679-4501; Fax: 404-679-4558) to award bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.
The University has also earned accreditation from the following organizations:
- Accreditation Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
- Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- Association to Advance American Chemical Society
- Collegiate Schools of Business
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetics Association
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association
- Council on the Accreditation of Nursing Anesthesia Education Program
- Engineering Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- National Association of Schools of Music
- National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
- National Athletic Trainers Association
- National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education
The University is a charter member of the Southern University Conference. Additionally, memberships include the following:
- American Alumni Council, American Council on Education
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- Association for Continuing Higher Education
- Association of American Universities
- Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
- National University Extension Association
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
- Tennessee College Association
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Since 1969, students and faculty of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines