uTrack: New Process Will Help Students Stay on Track
Our students soon will have a new process to help them stay on track to an on-time graduation: uTrack.
uTrack lays out a road map for each major so students can see which academic courses they must successfully complete—and when they must complete them—in order to graduate on time. The system will alert students if they get off track with their course work or grades so they can plan how to catch up or, if necessary, change to a more achievable major.
We’ll begin using uTrack in the fall with all first-time, first-year, full-time, degree-seeking students. It will begin tracking transfer students who enroll in the summer or fall of 2015.
uTrack will not apply to current students.
We’re employing this process because on-time graduation is important to our students, our university, and our state.
Students who graduate in four years incur less debt and don’t risk losing scholarships with time or credit hour limits.
Having students on a four-year plan makes the university more efficient in providing classroom instruction. It keeps our doors open to a steady stream of new students. Our state funding is pegged to our success in graduating students on time, and boosting our on-time graduation rate is an important part of our Top 25 plan.
uTrack will help students successfully find their major.
By the time classes begin in the fall, all incoming freshmen will have declared a major or an exploratory track. Students trying to decide among various majors offered by the same college will be in a "college exploratory" track; those unclear about which major to pursue will be in a "university exploratory" track. All students in exploratory tracks must choose a major by the end of their fourth semester, and uTrack will help to guide them in making this important decision.
uTrack will ensure students are making progress toward a timely graduation.
Each major will have milestones or minimum requirements, such as successful completion of specific courses or a certain GPA, that students must attain each semester.
uTrack will take a snapshot of students’ progress during the fall and spring semesters. Mini- and summer terms provide an opportunity for students to catch up on unmet milestones.
uTrack will alert students and advisors when something has gone awry.
Students who get off track at the end of a tracking semester must meet with an advisor to develop a plan for getting back on track. Students who are off track for two consecutive semesters will have a hold placed on their registration and will have to meet with an advisor to re-evaluate their major.
Students preparing to enter UT in fall 2013 will learn all about uTrack during orientation. Faculty and advisors, as well as staff members who deal directly with students, will be trained in uTrack so they can help students use the system effectively.
Student success is our goal, and uTrack will be like an academic GPS system guiding students to their destination—a timely graduation.
To read the uTrack policy, see provost.utk.edu/policies/utrack.