UT President DiPietro speaks on 2018 goals

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro wrote an opinion piece on what needs to be done with the school system in 2018. 

DiPietro believes more needs to be done in order for the university to continue to impact the lives of students. 

The president listed some of the system's accomplishments in 2017 that he hopes to continue this year, including having tuition increases at or below 3 percent for three years in a row and breaking enrollment records.

"I'm still on the job, day in and day out, and I will not slow down or let up," wrote DiPietro. 

The university system's 2018 agenda includes increasing the capacity to educate students and produce research, advocate for priorities including the Opioid Addiction Center at the UT Health Science Center and being prepared to re-compete to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 

"While some may be disappointed with our programming to make students feel included, we know this approach is important to meeting our graduation and completion goals," wrote DiPietro. "When students don't feel included in the campus community, there is much greater likelihood that they will leave college without completing their degrees. Every student who enrolls in a UT institution deserves the opportunity to feel welcome, to be successful and to earn a degree." 

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