Reprioritizing and Reallocating Our Resources

The following section is an excerpt from the presentation to faculty and staff by Janet K. Levit, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Tulsa, on April 11, 2019:

Before we review our programmatic decisions, I want to underscore that we are upholding all our commitments to resident faculty. We are not eliminating tenured or tenure-track faculty positions, and we stand by our current contractual obligations to our resident contract faculty.

We met with faculty who are impacted by these changes to share with them what you are about to read. I’m grateful for their support of the greater purpose. With rare exception, there was understanding and support.

These changes are about reprioritizing and reallocating our resources to support those programs with the greatest demand, which will have the greatest opportunity for success as we navigate into uncharted higher-ed terrain. The PPRC simply acknowledged and acted upon what our students have been trying to tell us for years. In most cases, our students have already voted with their feet.

Again, although these changes may feel significant, if implemented immediately they would only impact the degrees of 6% of our total graduate and undergraduate student population. These changes will not be implemented immediately. They will be phased in over time, as we are fully committed to teaching out our current students.

For any student who arrives in the fall of 2019, they may enroll in any program that we have held out as available through the admissions process. In time, this academic restructure will allow us to deploy resources more effectively, to better promote interdisciplinary work, to free resources to invest to strengthen and to grow remaining programs and support faculty development.

Programmatic Decisions

Starting with Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences, which today has 15 departments and 68 degree programs (including minors), will morph as soon as practical into three divisions – fine arts & media; humanities; and social sciences – with 36 degree programs (including minors).

The School of Fine Arts and Media will reorganize six departments into five and 20 programs into ten.

This chart shows the majors offered in the School of Fine Arts and Media in the TU Kendall College of Arts and Science

The Division of Humanities will combine history, english, languages, philosophy & religion – 28 degree programs will reorganize into 13.

This chart shows the majors offered in the Division of Humanities in the TU Kendall College of Arts and Science

And the Social Sciences division will combine anthropology, economics, education, sociology, psychology and political science – in that division, 21 programs will become 13.

This chart shows the majors offered in the Division of Social Sciences in the TU Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

In Engineering & Natural Sciences, the engineering verticals initially remain largely unchanged. Although, the stand alone M.E.s will shift to 12-month programs and have a more practical, rather than academic, focus.

A chart of the recommended programs for the TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

On the natural sciences side, 30 degree programs will become 15, and we will be eliminating Ph.D. programs in chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and physics.

A chart of the recommended programs for the TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences

In Collins College of Business, 27 programs become 18, with the most notable changes in graduate-level finance.

A chart of the recommended programs for the Collins College of Business

Oxley College of Health Sciences is the youngest, and, with the PPRC identifying growth potential, they remain virtually intact.

A chart of the recommended programs for the Oxley College of Health SciencesLaw is refocusing on the core J.D., eliminating the M.J. and L.L.M. programs.

A chart of the recommended programs for the TU College of Law

The program closures and consolidations have been the subject of much speculation for the better part of this academic year. Yet, the PPRC’s program review is much broader and more constructive than simply identifying programs for elimination.

The Academic Strategy for The University of Tulsa is available online.

Continue reading Levit’s remarks regarding the reimagination of TU’s academic footprint.