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UT Martin announces process for new strategic plan


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin officially launched a new strategic planning process Aug. 14, which will result in a document intended to guide the university through 2023.

“It’s time that we start talking about who we are, what we can be and where we have an opportunity to be excellent in the next few years,” said Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, during an administrative meeting on the subject. “I really want (UT) Martin to be a hub. I want it to be a cultural, intellectual and social center for the region.”

Carver expects the new strategic plan to focus on key areas such as accreditation and a continued culture of academic assessment; targeted enrollment growth; and the perception of UT Martin in the area.

“Starting today, we’re going to be talking in a very intentional way about where we are headed,” he said.

Tom Griscom, consultant, is serving as university adviser on the project. Griscom also assisted with the development of a strategic plan for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2015.

The plan’s initial development phase will last until December of this year, at which point Griscom expects to have a clearly defined university vision with associated goals and outcomes for the next five years. Each step of the process will be openly measured, and all associated notes and decisions will be available online at

“This is not something where the chancellor stands up and says, ‘This is what we did.’ This is something where each of you can look and see what we need to do to get where we need to go,” he said. Griscom has already facilitated interactions with more than 300 stakeholders in the university community to develop the plan’s framework and says there will be many more opportunities for students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and community members to give input on the process.

“We want to be able to say that we tried as best we could to give anybody and everybody with an interest in UT Martin an opportunity to participate,” he said. Interested parties will be able to join small-group discussions on campus and in the local area, and an online survey component will soon be available to gather input from afar.

“I don’t want this to be Chancellor Carver’s plan; I want this to be the UT Martin plan,” said Carver. “I want (UT Martin) to be the destination of choice for public higher education in West Tennessee and beyond.”

For more information on the UT Martin strategic plan initiative, visit


PHOTO ID: Dr. Keith Carver, UT Martin chancellor, is shown speaking Aug. 14 during an administrative meeting where he officially launched the process of creating a strategic plan to take the university through 2023.

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