What are the responsibilities of the University of Tennessee’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success?

The vice president for Academic Affairs and Student Success works closely with campus chief academic and student affairs officers to oversee academic and student affairs for the UT system and coordinate mission statements, academic strategic plans, academic policy, shared governance and admission, progression and retention standards. The vice president serves as staff to the Education, Research and Service Committee of the UT Board of Trustees.

What is the University Faculty Council?

The University of Tennessee’s Faculty Council (UFC) is composed of the Faculty Senate presidents on each campus, an elected representative from each campus and the faculty representatives to the Board of Trustees. Council members attend all Board of Trustees meetings and meet regularly with Interim President Randy Boyd and members of his staff. The council actively participates in the strategic planning task forces and advocates for more transparency across the system concerning budgetary interests, promotion and merit raises and equitable library access for all campuses.

The UFC’s top priority is to provide a strong faculty voice and work with the president and central administration to develop sustainable strategies for the UT system.

UFC Contact:
Chris Caldwell
University Faculty Council Chair

What is Reverse Transfer?

Tennessee Reverse Transfer allows students to combine college credits from both their community college and their four-year institution toward an associate degree.

For more information, visit tnreversetransfer.org or contact Project Director of Statewide Initiatives Nancy Dietrich at ndietri1@tennessee.edu.

What is the Tennessee Transfer Pathway?

The University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Regents work together to assure the seamless transfer of courses among all Tennessee public community colleges and universities.

Any student who completes the courses listed for their major of a Transfer Pathway will have the opportunity to earn an A.A. or A.S. degree from the community college. The student is guaranteed that all community college courses taken will be accepted at the college/university and will count toward completion of the particular major.

Admission to UT Knoxville is competitive. As a result, the Pathways do not guarantee admission.

Please visit tntransferpathway.org or Project Director of Statewide Initiatives Nancy Dietrich at ndietri1@tennessee.edu.

What is Tennessee Reconnect?

Tennessee Reconnect is an initiative created by Gov. Bill Haslam to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.

Find more information at tnreconnect.gov. You may also contact Project Director of Statewide Initiatives Nancy Dietrich at ndietri1@tennessee.edu.

What is Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA)?

The Complete College Tennessee Act was passed in January 2010 to transform public higher education through changes in academic, fiscal and administrative policies at the state and institutional level. The CCTA recognizes the need for more Tennesseans to be better educated and trained, while also acknowledging the state’s diminished fiscal capacity to support higher education.

Can I earn an online degree from a UT campus?

Yes. UT online degree programs make earning a degree possible for all students, whether they are working professionals, parents, out-of-state residents or simply looking for the flexibility of computer-based learning.

For more information regarding a specific campus’s online program, visit the links below:

How do I get a new academic program approved?

If you would like to start the process of getting a new academic program approved, please contact Karen Etzkorn, director of academic affairs, at etzkorn@tennessee.edu.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has the responsibility to review and approve new academic programs, off-campus extensions of existing academic programs, new academic units (divisions, colleges, schools and departments) and new instructional locations for public institutions of higher education in Tennessee.

Full policy: THEC A1.0 New Academic Programs: Approval Process

How is an honorary degree awarded?

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees authorizes the awarding of honorary degrees to recognize individuals who have benefited the institution or society through outstanding achievements or leadership.

Criteria included in nominating and considering candidates for honorary degrees are:

  • Each campus of the University of Tennessee may award up to three honorary degrees each year.
  • University employees shall not be eligible for nomination during their employment. In addition, elected officials and University of Tennessee Board of Trustees members shall not be eligible for nomination prior to completion of their terms of service.
  • Each campus shall develop specific procedures for nominating and considering honorary degree recipients.

Full policy: BT0005 – Policy on Awarding Honorary Degrees →