Partnerships for Students [Teaching and Learning]

Create partnerships that provide distinctive educational experiences for students both in the classroom and beyond, lead to meaningful engagement between students and all other members of the University community, and enhance students’ commitment to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Because freshmen retention predicts progress to graduation, UTC has been disappointed in the last five years with the decrease in persistence from the fall to spring semesters of the freshmen year, to the sophomore year, and to graduation. With the appointment of a senior faculty member to the position of assistant provost for retention and the hiring of a consultant experienced in the use of statistics to drive intervention strategies, the University experienced this year an improvement in second semester retention.

Although a hallmark of a UTC education as been extensive opportunities for experiential learning, a concerted effort was never made to quantify these opportunities until this plan. These experiences might include internships, student learning, clinical placements, research projects (either as part of a class or in conjunction with a faculty member), etc. First year results are included.

Initiative 1 (Teaching and Learning) Key Indicators

A. Provide an external curricular experience for every student

External Curricular Experiences 2007 2008 Percent Increase
recruitment by employers 60 66 10%
interviews by employers 432 466 7.8%

B. Provide richer connections for students

  • Surveyed academic departments.
  2007 2008
  N/A 13 programs outside classroom with faculty/staff

C. Provide institutional support through education and advising to ensure student success

  • Appointed senior faculty member to Assistant Provost for Retention and Advisement
  • Initiated restructuring and consolidation of advisement services
Freshman Retention Fall to Spring 2007 2008
  84% 90%
Freshman Retention to Sophomore Year 2007 2008
  60.8% 60%

D. Enhance UTC access to students in region/state

  • Increased the number of online courses
Online Courses 2007 2008
  27 courses 40 courses (48% increase)
  • Received approval from Board of Trustees to offer regional tuition to juniors and seniors from NW Georgia and NE -Alabama
Students Using Regional Tuition Fall 2008 (first time offered) Spring 2009
  110 (full time and part time) 116 (full time and part time)

E. Identify/support distinctive academic programs and administrative support units.

  • This topic is under continuing study but will require an infusion of funds to implement.