We remain focused on balanced growth, guided by our strategic planning, as we weigh the costs associated with meeting our goals against our resolve to remain affordable and accessible to all qualified students. Once they are here, we commit resources to help our students succeed and graduate in four years without the burden of debt. Specific improvements to resources are significant:
- Teaching and support investment per student increased by 21 percent over the past five years.
- UT received nearly $235 million in private and corporate gifts last fiscal year. More than 39,000 donors boosted private support by 79 percent over the previous year.
- UT’s carbon emissions per gross square footage have decreased over the past five years, indicating gains from environmental initiatives.
- Advancement in information technology has allowed UT to improve instructional technology and systems to support data-informed decisions.
- Administrative cost-saving measures include nearly $5.5 million in implemented recurring savings associated with facilities, information technology, auxiliary services, and transportation, among other areas.
- An additional $4.2 million has been reallocated through the budgeting process for strategic uses in academic units.
Since 2010, UT has initiated nearly $1 billion in construction projects. The following building projects are underway or recently complete:
- Phase one of the Student Union opened in summer 2015, bringing with it an expanded book and technology store, more dining options, and a wonderful new space for our Center for Career Development. When phase two is complete, the new union will enhance services for our students and the entire community through a larger auditorium/performance venue, additional meeting spaces, and a much larger ballroom.
- The Fred D. Brown Jr. Residence Hall opened in fall 2014. It houses about 700 undergraduates and integrates current technology with an environmentally conscious living space.
- The John D. Tickle Engineering Building opened in August 2013. It includes classrooms, seminar rooms, laboratories, a lecture theater, and a pedestrian footbridge that improves access to the Hill from Neyland Drive.
- The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center opened in August 2013. The School of Music’s new state-of-the-art facility includes a 400-seat recital hall, music library, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, and a sound recording and mixing studio.
Visit the Cone Zone website for a full listing of current infrastructure improvements.
A Record Year for Fundraising
UT Knoxville received nearly $235 million in private and corporate gifts during the 2015 fiscal year, making it the most successful fundraising year in our history.
Fundraising focuses on the university’s goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university by improving funding for faculty, scholarships and fellowships, and each college’s strategic priorities. Learn more about our record-breaking year.