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Theme: Educational Excellence

Strategic Priority 1: Globally competitive schools
Ensure that our schools are globally competitive.


  • “Success by Six” - Focus on early literacy.
  • Teacher Advancement Program – Full, sustainable implementation.
  • Schools as community centers – Aligned student, family, and community resources.
  • Strategic compensation and teacher support – Targeted compensation to attract and retain the best teachers; high quality instructional and technology support.

Strategic Priority 2: UT as Top 25
Transform the University of Tennessee into a Top 25 public research university.


  • Research – Recruit world-class research faculty.
  • Graduate fellowships – Recruit top-flight graduate students.
  • Transform the UT campus – $500 million in improvements over the next five years.

Strategic Priority 3: Vigorous vocational campus
Transform the 221,000-square-foot former Philips Electronics campus in East
Knox County into a “vigorous vocational campus” coordinated by Pellissippi State
Community College.


  • Regional vocational plan – Location-specific vocational training for needs not adequately met now.
  • New vocational campus – Full utilization of new campus.