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Draft Working Document

As part of the strategic visioning process, the executive and visioning committees created draft mission, vision, and goals statements. Earlier drafts were refined with input from across the community, and further development has led to a comprehensive working document with strategies and tactics.

Your input on this draft is integral to the continued development of a new strategic vision for our university. Please join one of the many online discussions taking place October 12 to 14 and November 30 to December 4. You are also encouraged to submit online feedback below.

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Draft Vision Statement

A world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.

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Draft Mission Statement

We are a diverse community with a shared commitment to discovery, creativity, and education. At UT Knoxville we:

  • Empower learners of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their dreams through accessible and affordable education;
  • Advance the prosperity, well-being, and vitality of communities across Tennessee and around the world through our research, teaching, service, and engagement; and
  • Commit to excellence, equity, and inclusion within the university, across the state, and in all our global activities.

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Draft Goals

  1. Provide high-quality educational opportunities for people at every stage of life, whenever and wherever they seek to learn.

  2. Create a more just, prosperous, and sustainable future through world-class research, scholarship, and creative work.

  3. Develop and sustain a nurturing university culture where diversity and community are enduring sources of strength.

  4. Empower and sustain a culture of collaboration, agility, and innovation throughout the university.

  5. Connect with every Tennessean and with communities around the world, inspiring futureVolunteers to join our diverse community.

Download and read the full draft working document.

Feedback on the Draft Working Document

Your voice is important in shaping the vision of our university. Once you have read the draft working document, we ask that you please share your thoughts with the committees. You are also invited to attend one of the many online discussions taking place the weeks of October 12 and November 30.

Provide your thoughts