Strategic Planning


A Guide To The Future

The University of Tennessee at Martin’s strategic plan is a carefully constructed guide to the future framed within the University of Tennessee System Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2012. Using the UT plan as the overarching guide assures alignment with Tennessee’s educational priorities and performance funding as well as the UT System’s performance goals.


The UTM plan uniquely encourages creativity and innovation from the academic and administrative functions to shape strategies and goals that drive their performance within the framework of both UTM goals and the University System’s goals. The plan uses data-informed assessment of performance and the budgetary review process to assure purposeful use of institutional resources.


As part of assuring transparency to planning and budget decision-making, the current year’s results of goals and budget submissions by all units are publicly presented below.

UT Goal 1: Enhance Educational Excellence

Increase the number, quality and diversity of students graduating from the UT System and benefitting from its distinct educational portfolio to produce at each campus and institute the most capable and best prepared workforce for society.

UT System Objective A.

Raise the UT System’s academic quality, stature and impact through educational excellence and student achievement across diverse populations.

  • UTM Goal 1. Enhance student learning through experiential learning, internships, research opportunities, and study abroad in support of academic excellence.
  • UTM Goal 2. Align resources to promote and support academic excellence and student achievement.
UT System Objective B.

Drive educational excellence and student performance, and ensure a “best in class” student population.

  • UTM Goal 1. Expand and integrate recruitment and retention efforts to achieve a "best in class" population.
  • UTM Goal 2. Expand retention efforts to increase the number of capable and prepared graduates entering the workforce.
UT System Objective C.

Establish a System mechanism to ensure campus/institute accountability for faculty quality and productivity.

  • UTM Goal 1. Align faculty workload report, departmental goals, and enrollment management plan to accommodate staffing resources in support of the campus's distinct educational mission and enrollment needs.
UT System Objective D.

Develop and coordinate collaborative and innovative academic programs that build on the unique capabilities of the System’s campuses and institutes and drive key outcomes and standards.

  • UTM Goal 1. Develop signature programs and innovative academic curricula that reflect the strengths of the campus and meet the needs of the region.

UT Goal 2: Expand Research Capacities

Develop a support mechanism for System research efforts that solve critical problems and issues, expand economic development and enhance quality of life in Tennessee, the nation and the world.

UT System Objective A.

Design and implement a strategic business plan for expanding research to harness the power of the UT System's substantial research enterprise and increase its visibility and impact.

  • UTM Goal 1. Increase sponsored funding of projects that support the university's commitment to advancing the regional and global community.
  • UTM Goal 2. Increase undergraduate research that enriches the student academic experience and promotes creative and analytical thinking.

UT Goal 3: Fostering Outreach and Engagement

Engage members of the UT System community in outreach, engagement and service to improve communities and the quality of residents in Tennessee, with emphasis on economic development.

UT System Objective A.

Articulate clearly the role of the UT System in community outreach and engagement and engage all campuses/institutes in this mission.

  • UTM Goal 1. Increase the impact of students, faculty, and staff on the regional and global communities through partnerships with business and industry, government, and non-profit agencies.
UT System Objective B.

Promote and measure alumni and student engagement and outreach that benefits the people and communities of Tennessee.

  • UTM Goal 1. Increase alumni and donor engagement, support of community outreach, and service to people of the region.
  • UTM Goal 2. Ensure engagement in integrated learning experiences connected to academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, and student development.

UT Goal 4: Ensuring Effectiveness and Efficiency

Systematically invest in the UT System’s infrastructure and rigorously implement support mechanisms and practices that demonstrate understanding and commitment to the campuses and institute’s strategic goals and ensure that the University’s aspirations and goals are realized through effective and efficient delivery of the “right” services.

UT System Objective A.

Catalyze and support collaboration across the UT System and with external partners, including removing policy and procedural roadblocks, to strengthen the impact of the University of Tennessee System as greater than the sum of its parts.

  • UTM Goal 1. Align campus processes to streamline practices, policies, and procedures and to strengthen access to services and information.
UT System Objective B.

Define a System Administration approach to a service culture that is modeled by the System Administration and support campus and institute strategic goals with services, information and data.

  • UTM Goal 1. Maximize appropriate technology to facilitate student access and retention.
  • UTM Goal 2. Create an environment in which students acquire and use information to manage their personal health and wellness.
  • UTM Goal 3. Maintain campus facilities and grounds that invite people to engage with each other and the natural learning environment of the campus.
  • UTM Goal 4. Provide optimal student support services to promote student access, success, and engagement.
  • UTM Goal 5. Align campus leadership and support staff to promote a service culture that addresses student and program needs.
UT System Objective C.

Implement Employer of Choice standards across the UT System.

  • UTM Goal 1. Establish employee training programs that prepares faculty and staff to participate in a highly-competent workforce.
  • UTM Goal 2. Implement a faculty and staff compensation plan to recruit and retain a highly-competent workforce.
UT System Objective D.

Create a “culture of communication” throughout the UT System through an improved internal communications program – both between the System and the campuses and institutes and the campuses and institutes with each other – that regularly informs the UT community about System goals, processes and services through multiple channels.

  • UTM Goal 1. Enhance a culture of communication that supports a dynamic and engaged campus community.
UT System Objective E.

Collaborate with campuses and institutes to define the facilities and space necessary for an environment of excellence in research, education and outreach.

  • UTM Goal 1. Support campus facilities that align with the Strategic Plan and Master Plan to meet student and program needs.
UT System Objective F.

Extend diversity initiatives throughout the System for faculty, staff, students and cultural/community life.

  • UTM Goal 1. Enhance a campus climate that embraces and models a diverse and inclusive campus community.

UT Goal 5: Advocating for the UT System

Promote awareness and advocacy for the University of Tennessee System and its distinctive contributions to improving the education, economic development and quality of life of the citizens of Tennessee.

UT System Objective A.

Implement an integrated System marketing/communications plan that supports all the goals of this Strategic Plan and advances the UT System and each of its campuses and institutes; determines key data sets and/or commission the research needed, including public opinion surveys, to establish benchmarks and set targets for communications, marketing and advocacy efforts.

  • UTM Goal 1. Promote UTM's role in advancing the region academically, economically, and culturally.

UT System Strategic Plan

The System Strategic Plan establishes a vision and direction for five years (2012-2017), with clearly defined goals to ensure good stewardship and purposeful use of resources. 

View the UT System Strategic Plan >

Campus Budget Decisions

Current year results of goals and budget decisions by all university units.

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Enrollment Management Plan

A comprehensive approach to integrating the University’s programs, practices, policies, and planning related to recruiting, progressing, and gradutating students into successful careers and satisfying lives.

View the Enrollment Management Plan >

Campus Master Plan

A refinement of the 2010 Master Plan which provides a 20-year planning horizon. The plan identifies actions to meet the vision, goals and objectives of UT Martin.

View the UT Martin Master Plan >