Since I began serving as president in 2011, the number of bachelor’s degrees we’ve awarded is up 16 percent; our six-year graduation rate, system-wide, has increased 6.6 percent; and both the high school GPA and ACT scores of incoming freshmen have continued a decade-long trend of improvement. We are educating more students, more quickly and at institutionally record-high numbers.
On the discovery front, research proposals are up almost 12 percent, system-wide; and in 2015, the University, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, won a five-year, $259 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the largest single such award in UT history. New inventions and discoveries that provide solutions to important problems are up 33 percent, and 25 new startup companies in Tennessee and based on UT technology have been established since 2011.
As for how we connect, UT non-credit programs increased 28 percent, as did the number of clients or customers we served since 2011. More than 900,000 non-credit program hours have been delivered since then, and the number of medical and veterinary patients UT served increased 27 percent in the same period.