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Rankings and Other Measures of Success

We are a better university than we were a year ago

The 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings were announced last month, and we are 47th among all public universities.

Despite our slipping a spot from last year, I can tell you with confidence that we are a better university today than we were a year ago—and significantly better than we were in 2010, when we accepted former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s challenge to become a Top 25 public research university by 2020.

Our Top 25 goal refers to more than just our position in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The ranking focuses solely on undergraduate education. While that’s a critical part of our mission, we’re also concerned with improving graduate education, research productivity, scholarship, the caliber of our faculty and competitiveness of our pay, and the quality of our infrastructure and resources.

To measure our progress in our Top 25 journey, we look at eleven broad measures. And I’m pleased to report improvement in nine of those, including the number of doctoral degrees we award, our federal research expenditures, and the per-student funding of our academic mission.

We are putting particular emphasis on improving two measures of success: retention and graduation.

For more information on our journey to the Top 25—our goals, our progress, and our plans—visit the Vol Vision website.