True Commitment: Reimagining The University of Tulsa
The University of Tulsa is reimagining itself to focus on our No. 1 priority: student success. This transformation, which is rooted in our five-year strategic plan, radically alters the landscape of our university, making us stronger and better able to respond to a changing higher education landscape.
The number of college-going high school graduates will drop beginning in 2025. As well, automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, predictive analytics, advances in the neurosciences and cybersecurity will be major influencers in the job market and, therefore, the work of universities. TU is looking ahead to prepare students not just for the 21st century, but the 22nd century.
This reimagining of the academic structure at TU is bold. The administration and TU Board of Trustees fully support the vision. These changes will ensure that we meet our strategic priorities of supporting students toward timely graduation, offering them practical and professional training and concentrating resources in areas that will catalyze a culture of innovation at the university and beyond.
The transformation of academics at TU is rooted in three major shifts: 1) University Studies as a common entry point within Henry Kendall College for all first-year students, which will provide foundational courses grounded in creative and critical thinking; 2) a shift from disciplinary departments to interdisciplinary divisions in Henry Kendall College; and 3) a “professional college” to consolidate administrative functions for business, health sciences and law.
Along with other initiatives focused on student success, University Studies represents a fundamental transformation in the way TU partners with our newest students as they navigate the transition to university life. This also aligns with TU’s strategic plan; with the creation of a student success center; with the desire that resident faculty teach and support our undergraduates earlier in their four-year trajectory; with the goal of improved administrative efficiency; and with the need to maximize the flexibility of faculty and educational resources.
Implementation will take place during the next two years. The first year focuses on planning, and the second year focuses on enacting the changes, with refinements related to our continuous improvement initiatives.