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Master Plan Governing Principles

  • A key element to moving UT Knoxville from a Top 50 public research university to the ranks of the Top 25 involves the resources and facilities to support first-rate academic and research programs, along with student services.
  • Looking ahead, the master plan assumes only limited growth of its undergraduate population but projects significant growth of graduate students, another key element in achieving Top 25 status.
  • The campus must work to optimize its limited space and develop a more pedestrian-friendly campus with more green space at the center.

Other governing principles are to:

  • Promote energy and environmental responsibility
  • Expand and improve the east–west spine with better linkages north–south
  • Provide convenient parking structures
  • Continue to develop the campus transit system
  • Encourage preservation of historic and cultural resources
  • Recommend refinements to various campus design guideline documents
  • Maximize connections to surrounding communities
  • Coordinate with the Cherokee Farm master plan, which is overseen by the UT system