Transform lives through meaningful learning experiences.

UTC offers students many opportunities to engage in experiential learning.

ThinkAchieve: Beyond the Classroom is a hub for experiential learning at UTC.  Our students participate in and reflect on experience-based learning. ThinkAchieve opportunities include some of the most remarkable experiences offered at UTC, in the Chattanooga area, and around the world. As students participate and accumulate reflections, they gain points towards university awards and recognition, while simultaneously acquiring vital experience for life. ThinkAchieve Graduates earn the distinction of being recognized by the University at the UTC Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony, in the Commencement Program and on their official UTC Transcript, as well as at the SGA Senior Leadership Awards Banquet if graduating in the Spring Semester.

Students can participate in experience-based learning through courses, events, or experiences. Designated courses provide students an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a practical setting outside the normal classroom.  Events are a onetime activity on campus or in the community and experiences are more expansive than one time events. All three types include a reflection component. More information can be found at the Think Achieve: Beyond the Classroom website.

During the 2016-2017 year, 2,490 unique students participated in 76 different courses. Another 239 unique students participated in events across campus such as Take Back the Night, SGA Debate, OrgFest, Live Like A UTC Student, Exotic Animals Exhibition, Eurydice, Organize Your Life, and Study Abroad. Experiences like PAWS mentoring, HAM LLC, Multicultural Mentorship Program, and Play, Believe, Achieve provided 282 more students with experiential learning opportunities.  However, it is important to keep in mind that these are unique students in each category. Some students participate in more than one type of experiential learning throughout the year.  For example, in 2016-2017, the total participants in events was 1,089.

2016-2017 Individual Students Participating in Experiential Learning

Since inception in 2013, the number of individual students participating in each ThinkAchieve category has grown from 693 to over 3,000 or 1/3 of the total student body. Additionally, the number of options within each category has also increased as shown by in the supplemental graphs. It is important to keep in mind that for reporting, all of the numbers represent unique students, however, it is apparent that those who engage in experiential learning continue to do so. A strong example of this is shown with the events category. In the 2016-2017 year, 239 unique students participated, but overall 1,089 students engaged in experiential learning through events. Thus, just 22% of the unique students represented the total number of students.

Additionally, while the number of courses designated as ThinkAchieve continues to grow, the program staff monitor for inclusion of experiential student learning outcomes and documentation of assessment. This practice ensures that students involved in designated courses are truly exposed experiential learning and the long term benefits.

Number of Unique Students Participating in Experiential Learning by Category

Number of Unique Experiential Learning Events by Category

The Honors College provides a network of programs and resources for students at all levels of their undergraduate careers:

  • Brock Scholars Program (BRSC): a four-year program that delivers a unique general education curriculum for high-achieving students. Students apply to the program during the fall of the senior year in high school and enter as first-semester freshmen. There is no minimum ACT or GPA required, though admission is very selective. 
  • Innovations in Honors Program (IIH)a problem-based, community-embedded learning experience designed for students to enter as sophomores or juniors. To be admitted, an applicant must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.25 and at least 24 college credit hours.
  • High-Achieving Mocs Living-Learning Community (HAM)a freshman-year-only experience for residential students.  HAM LLC students live together, take select courses together during the freshman year, and benefit from special programming and advisement. Many HAMmers go on to enter the Honors College's IIH Program in the sophomore year. Incoming freshmen with at least a 3.5 high school GPA and a minimum 26 composite ACT are especially encouraged to apply, though other applicants will be considered.
  • Departmental Honors (DHON)a year-long senior thesis designed by the student in conjunction with a faculty director from the student's major department. To be considered, an applicant must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.2 and a minimum GPA in the major of 3.5. 

Honors College Enrollment

The Honors College has seen an increase in student growth over the past three years, up from 192 students in 2014-2015 to 312 students in 2016-2017.  Additional information can be found on the Honors College website.

infographic: Mocs One Center gives students access to services offered by Bursar, Records and Financial Aid

The Mocs One Center is comprised of services provided by the Bursar’s, Financial Aid, and Records Offices to create a one stop shop for students. Specific information about available services, scheduling appointments, and other important updates can be found on the Mocs One Center website.


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Beginning in 2015, the Mocs One personnel worked diligently to get the center up and running. In March 2015, an implementation team comprised of representatives from the Financial Aid, Scholarships, Bursar, and Registrars Offices began meeting to create a one stop shop center at UTC. In September and October 2015, a staff of 7 was hired. These new staff underwent extensive training to learn UTC enrollment related business processes, and the new Mocs One Center (MOC) opened in November 2015. Since the Center opened in late 2015, the staff have served over 7,676 students via the on-line request form, phone calls, and face to face visits. Our primary goal is to efficiently assist and effectively answer over 90% of the questions received from students, parents, and faculty.  On average, students are served within less than one and one-half minutes.

Staff training within the Mocs One Center is an ongoing process. Currently, a MOC representative attends the Financial Aid Office’s weekly staff meetings while updates are provided by the Records and Bursar’s Office on an as-needed basis. New staff spend the first few weeks of employment placed within each of the 3 functional support areas. Beginning March 2017, trainers within the 3 functional areas will provide weekly training exercises to introduce new services or changes to current processes to the MOC staff. Sessions scheduled include updates on Financial Aid’s summer awarding processes, new features with the MyMocsDegree audit platform, and the new Internet Native Banner (INB) system. The MOC staff are members of the professional organization called the Institute for Student Services Professionals (ISSP) designed for one stop shop service centers within higher education.

Inspire, nurture and empower scholarship, creativity, discovery, innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives.

In 2016, UTC re-branded its continuing education program as the Center for Professional Education, with the intent of being a provider of quality outreach programs to the business and industry communities in Southeast Tennessee. Under this model, the organization began identifying programs that would meet the educational and career development needs of the local and regional workforce. To meet this goal, several strategic training program initiatives were identified; human resources, project management, management, teacher training, and entrance exam preparation. Our overarching goal is to become a leader in professional and career development training for the region and, when applicable, the state.

Human Resources: UTC has been recognized by the Society of Human Resource Managers as the designated SHRM training provider in Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia.  We have offered two courses under this heading (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017). 

Project Management: To meet the growing demands of business/industry in the area, UTC Professional Education launched a project management training program. The introductory offering being a Project Management Professional certification prep course. Our plan is to grow this program area by adding additional project management topics.

Management: The Center for Professional Education recognizes the need to provide management and leadership development training for mid-career professionals. To meet this need, our portfolio of offerings currently consists of workshops/seminars on special topics. Our future plans include the development of a Business Communications Seminar and an Emerging Managers program. We also have tentative plans to begin offering Supply Chain and Logistics Certification training. 

Teacher Training: In 2016, UTC received endorsement from The College Board to be a training site for Advanced Placement teachers. The Center for Professional Education, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education, identified high demand Advanced Placement courses offered in Tennessee and used this information to identify workshop offerings. The inaugural offering of the Chattanooga Advanced Placement Summer Institute will take place in 2017. 

Entrance Exam Preparation: The Center for Professional Education began offering entrance exam preparation programs for ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT in 2016. These programs are offered both online and on campus, and provide 24–32 hours of instructor-led exam preparation training. 

Other Programs: In addition to the programs cited, the Center for Professional Education also has a contract to administer a leadership development program for law enforcement. This program, managed by the UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center is hosted on the UTC campus. 

Current partners and stakeholders include the UTC Alumni Association, Chattanooga 2.0, Chattanooga Chamber, Chattanooga SHRM Chapter, Tennessee Career Center (Southeast Tennessee Development District), and the Tennessee Department of Education (Division of Post-Secondary Education).

As part of the reorganization of the Center for Professional Education (CPE), the registration and scheduling support previously provided by the department was returned to the University Center to realign the focus of CPE to their mission. With the implementation of new professional development programs and certifications, CPE expects to see an increase in program participation within the 2018 fiscal year.

Center for Professional Education Participation

Available programs and contact information can be found on their Center for Professional Education website.           

Ensure stewardship of resources through strategic alignment and investments.

The Complete College of Tennessee Act (CCTA) was passed in January 2010 in order to address the need for more Tennesseans to be better educated and trained while also acknowledging the state’s diminished fiscal capacity to support higher education. THE CCTA created a comprehensive reform agenda that seeks to transform public education through changes in policies at the state and institutional level. Metrics such as progression demonstrated through earned course credits at the 30, 60, and 90 mark, and graduation rate are used to provide funding to institutions based on outcomes.  

Credit Hour Benchmarks

Degrees Awarded

Degrees per 100 Student FTE

6 Year Graduation Rates

The Office of Alumni Affairs strives to engage, connect, and support the University. During the 2015-2016 year, a total of 163 alumni events were hosted with 11,966 participants. Student program participation made up 15.2% of total alumni participation and student program event 10% of total alumni events. Strong engagement as a student can lead to stronger alumni participation.


infographic: 16 out of 163 Alumni events were targeted to current students


The purpose of UTC’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform, Radius, is to allow for the better coordination of a targeted approach to recruiting, enrolling, retaining, and graduating students in Undergraduate and Graduate academic programs, while constantly finding new ways to bring prospective students into the fold. The goal of this coordinated approach is to allow for better coordination between departments and outreach efforts that previously existed in silos, and do a better job telling UTC’s story.


  • Radius Project kick off, January 2015
  • Radius Graduate Application Live, September 2015
  • AppReview Live, Sept 2015
  • Radius Honors College Live, December 2015
  • Radius Undergraduate Live, July 2016
  • Radius Center for Professional Education Live, January 2017


Current implementation utilization includes:

  • Inquiry and/or Application process for 22 separate academic departments
  • Training sessions for Walker Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Student registration for Research Dialogues
  • Test registration for the Testing Center
  • Registration for Advisement Center, Financial Aid, Mocs One Center
  • Parent and Family Association and College of Business Executive Education Program invitations
  • Moc Up Program mentor and participant application
  • Event registration for Allied Health Visit Days, Challenger Center Camps, Cadek Lessons, and Blue and Gold Preview Days.

Embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change.

Wordmark graphic: Accessible Technology Initiative: Everyone Achieves


The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) was developed to ensure that information technology resources and services are accessible to all students, faculty and staff of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

“Accessible” means: information, materials, and technologies are available to an individual with a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

Recent emphasis has been on increasing accessibility of Information, Materials, and Technology (IMT) for students, faculty, and staff. Project updates include the following 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Annual Report.

  1. Developed training program focused on creation of accessible documents, “Accessibility: What is it & Why Should You Care?”
    1. All Colleges participated in training
    2. 13 Departments: Office of the Chancellor; Academic Affairs; Disability Resource Center; Enrollment Services; Finance and Administration; Facilities Planning and Management; Honors College; Human Resources; Library; Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Institutional Research; Records Office; Division of Student Development; and Communications and Marketing.
    3. Created advanced level accessibility sessions including checking existing PDF files for accessibility and making existing PDF files accessible.
    4. Produced new training video called “Choosing Accessible Textbooks”.
      1. Video has been seen by 48 employees so far.
      2. The UTC templates and top 20 webpages were updated to be in compliance. Specific enhancements include:
        1. Captioning is now part of the production process for UTC TV Studio video:
        2. Addition of more detailed accessibility information to classroom training for the OU Campus content management system.
        3. Automated web accessibility monitoring on  with a website quality assurance system.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services assists international students from over thirty-five countries on the UT Chattanooga campus. The staff of ISS is trained and experienced in cross-cultural counseling and U.S. immigration regulations. The services offered by ISS include advising, counseling, and advocacy on: admissions processes; immigration issues; academic issues; and personal issues.

infographic: 149 international students from 35 countries attend UTC in 2016


Study Abroad

Two new MOU’s in place University of Cadiz (Spain) and J.F. Oberlin University (Japan). Other activities enhancing international experience included:

  1. Organize International Tea Time monthly for bridging UTC international students, UTC Study Abroad program participants, and American students.
  2. Hired Graduate Assistant who focuses on diversifying study abroad participants from UTC minority student groups. She meets with minority student organizations and provides the benefit of study abroad experiences in their future career.
  3. Developed First Year Experience Class tailored for freshman undergraduate international students.
  4. Worked with UTC College Knowledge Now program and UTC international students and scholars, and they presented their cultures with 300+ elementary school students from Chattanooga.
  5. Hosted International Education Week for the first time in UTC, and provided programs and events related to globalization between November 14 and 18, 2016.
  6. Organized a Seminar “How Globalization is Changing Business and Education” with the International Business Council of Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and UTC College of Business. We presented and discussed the importance of global education with Chattanooga Chamber members and UTC students.
  7. Received $200,000 grant from the Department of State and invited 22 European student leaders to learn Social Entrepreneurship at UTC in July 2016. Each student participated in a five-week program that included classroom instruction with UTC students and educational opportunities in Chattanooga.