I am writing to follow up on the Thursday morning announcement regarding new student success initiatives and academic program changes. Thank you to those who reached out to me with words of encouragement, as well as concern.
Some of you expressed a desire to meet and discuss these changes, and I would appreciate the opportunity to hear your thoughts and explain this issue further. Provost Levit and I had a productive meeting with Student Association leaders this morning and would like to continue the conversation with all students during an open forum at 5:30 tonight in the Reynolds Center.
I want to take a moment to alleviate at least one concern some students have shared. We are fully committed to our students. These changes are focused on student success. Any student enrolled in a program slated for closure will have the support and opportunity to graduate with that degree. These programs will not close until all students currently enrolled, including incoming freshmen, have graduated. This information and much more was shared Thursday during the town hall with employees, during our faculty meetings, in my email to you Thursday, on our public website and again, now. I want to ensure there is a complete understanding of our commitment.
In preparation for tonight’s meeting, I ask that you review all of the information related to the announcement, which can be found at utulsa.edu/truecommitment. If you plan to attend, please come with prepared questions and open minds. I am grateful that we are able to have candid, productive conversations about issues that affect the future of our university.
Gerry Clancy, M.D.