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Our Journey

Our journey is one with an ambitious goal—to join the ranks of the nation’s Top 25 public research universities.

In conjunction with Vol Vision, the university’s strategic plan, we embarked on our journey in 2010. In the years since, we have made great strides in improving our students’ experiences while making new discoveries and engaging with our local and global communities.

In 2015, we moved into the next phase of our strategic plan, Vol Vision 2020. Since we started, the focus of our journey has been on five priority areas: undergraduate educationgraduate educationfacultyresearch and engagement; and infrastructure and resources. Vol Vision 2020 adds a sixth priority area, diversity and inclusion. Vol Vision 2020 also emphasizes the “Volunteer Difference,” the unique set of strengths that set us apart from our peers.

Though we track our progress by consulting U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” and other consumer rankings, our measurements go much deeper.

This site serves as a record of our journey—where we have been, where we are now, and where we intend to go. It shows that our progress has made a tremendous difference on campus. Through our leadership in innovation and economic development, our progress has also made a significant difference for the citizens of the state of Tennessee.

Every day we become a better institution, which helps us become an even better investment for our students and the state.

Our Progress

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