Today, The University of Tulsa announced several significant changes that, together, are part of a reimagining of our university to focus on our No. 1 priority: student success. These changes, which are rooted in our five-year strategic plan, radically alter the landscape of our university, making us stronger and nimbler to respond to a changing higher education landscape.
At the heart of our new student success model is the Student Success Center, which centralizes all student support services and improves their ability to graduate on time. It will be a hub for health and wellness, as well as financial and career planning.
We also are rethinking the traditional university structure and streamlining TU’s colleges and departments. Henry Kendall College will house “University Studies,” an academic launchpad for first-year students, as well as four reorganized divisions that will encompass the 15 departments currently in Arts & Sciences as well as biological sciences. The College of Engineering & Natural Sciences will consolidate 10 departments into four divisions; and a new “professional super college” will house our business, health sciences and law colleges. The new structure is still a year or two away, but once it is operational, it will embrace interdisciplinary work across campus and allow our academic and administrative resources to be deployed in better support of our institutional mission.
Finally, we will phase out some programs in order to focus on the degrees and minors with the most demand and with the greatest opportunity for students in the 21st century – and beyond. After months of evaluating extensive data on our current programs, we will reduce the number of degree programs, many of which are at the graduate level and have very few students. Just 6% of our total student population are enrolled in these programs for their primary degrees. The changes we are making will only strengthen our focus on programs with exceptional career outcomes that already distinguish a TU education. You can find more details at utulsa.edu/truecommitment.
TU is approaching its 125th year, and it is my job to provide vision and direction to ensure our university is around for another 125 years. Your support helped get us to where we are today, and for that I am grateful. I look forward to keeping you updated on our progress.
Gerard Clancy, M.D.