Dear Faculty and Staff:

Below you will find our most recent THEC scorecard for "student access and success". We are in the second year of funding for this particular outcome, with a score of 22 out of a possible 25 points. As you can see, we received the maximum available points in four of five identified categories, with the number of veteran graduates dropping a bit this year. Through specific designation in formula funding, THEC is incentivizing our efforts with the focus populations mentioned. We have a number of strategies in place to not only increase the number of Veteran students on campus, but also facilitate improved outcomes like graduation.

Congratulations on a job well done!

2015-20 THEC Quality Assurance Finding

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Faculty and Staff:

Early in 2017, the University of Memphis will launch a new pilot online initiative, UofM Global, targeting FULLY online students. As was shared last week, we now have 30+ programs ranked in the top 30 nationally, with our overall online efforts as a University ranked 40th nationally. Given uncertainty about demand and potential enrollment, this initial effort involves only four programs on campus, allowing us to gather data to project not only interest but potential growth trajectory.

As you may or may not be aware, the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Degree Program (now eTN online) will dissolve in the coming year following implementation of the Focus Act and autonomous board status for the TBR universities. Given that the UofM is a significant beneficiary of RODP, a coordinated program ready to launch and compete in this critical area for the UofM is required and essential. Hence, the UofM Global initiative.

UofM Global will target FULLY online students and have a separate admission designation for these students. Partially online students status will not change. Remember, almost a third of our students take at least one course online during their college career. UofM Global also allows us to offer a differential tuition rate for these FULLY online students, one that is competitive not just regionally, but nationally. As has always been the case, faculty, programs and departments will manage course development, content, delivery and assessment.

Launching the UofM Global pilot simply allows the following:

  1. Target a new group of students, those FULLY online.
  2. Offer a reduced tuition rate allowing the UofM to compete regionally and nationally.
  3. Gather data on interest and potential growth trajectory without any financial risks or investment outside of our existing marketing budget.
  4. Maintain the high quality of our online course delivery while demand and any need for potential faculty growth (which will be decided by the programs and departments) is gauged.
  5. Develop an empirically-driven strategic vision for the future of online offerings for all of our students, including those both partially and fully online.

Updates will be provided as we move forward with this effort. It is an exciting initiative and offers considerable potential for our University. We are doing exceptional work already, and UofM Global offers the chance to do even more in a thoughtful and measured fashion.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Faculty and Staff:

In an effort to boost the international exposure of its students in a global world, the University of Memphis is coordinating an integrated one-stop service center to appeal to prospective international students who seek to study in the USA. The new Center for International Education Services (CIES) is now the institutional home for the UofM Study Abroad Office, the Intensive English for Internationals Program and the International Student Services Office.

CIES is committed to serving all the needs of the University's international community and preparing UofM students to become global citizens while enhancing efforts to expand our national and international footprint. By centralizing these services in one location, the Center will provide a more welcoming environment for international students and scholars while facilitating their engagement with local students, faculty and staff. Dr. Rebecca Laumann who is leading the new Center noted, "The goals for the new Center for International Education Services are to increase international student enrollment; provide expert advising on student visa issues; engage in campus internationalization initiatives; build alliances within the campus and the Memphis community to support international research and collaboration; and promote cultural awareness through effective programming." The University is pursuing local and international partners who can help serve as catalysts for this major initiative - which will also assist in positioning Memphis as a hub for global business and cultural organizations requiring a sophisticated globally oriented location for their endeavors.

Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Campus Community:

I hope you had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday, relax and rejuvenate as we move into the home stretch for the fall semester. Each year, we produce a University of Memphis President's Report, a document that provides a snapshot of some of the remarkable work on our campus and in our community. You will find this year's report at the following link:

https://issuu.com/univofmemphis/docs/presidentsreport16

As you can see, it has been a great year for the UofM, with groundbreaking research, historic levels of classroom success by our student-athletes, a record breaking freshman class, expansion of our footprint globally, continued expansion of our nationally ranked academic programs (both on ground and online), a second straight year of record fundraising, and the development of new and impactful community partnerships. I hope you will take a few minutes to review the report and enjoy the exceptional work of our colleagues and students.

Thank you again for your hard work, serving our community and representing the UofM so well.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Campus Community:

As many of you know, our online programs have been growing steadily over the past decade. Currently, over 30% of our students take at least one course online at some point during the time at the UofM. This past year the UofM was ranked as the #1 online university in Tennessee and #40 nationally, including all public and private universities. In the past two years, we have 30 online programs ranked in the top 30, including:

The Princeton Review
Best Online MBA (#23)

Affordable Colleges Online
Best Online Bachelor's Degrees (#12)
Best Online Colleges (#17)
Best Online Colleges In Tennessee (#1)
Best Online Business Management Degree (#1)
Best Online Finance Degree (#3)
Best Online Communications Degree (#8)
Best Online Psychology Degree (#11)
Best Online PhD in Education (#27)
Best Online Master's Programs (#17)
Best Online MBA Program (#19)
Best Online Master's in History (#5)
Best Online Master's in Psychology (#9)
Best Online Master's in Public Health (#22)
Best Online Bachelor's Degree in Marketing (#15)
Most Affordable Online College (#22)

Best Choice Schools.com
Best Online Schools for Accounting (#1)

BestColleges.com
Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (#22)
Accredited Online Bachelor's Degree Programs (#24)

BestMastersDegrees.com
Best Online Master's in Liberal Studies Degree Programs (#12)
Most Affordable Online Master's in Educational Psychology (#9)

College Values Online
Best Value Online Accounting Programs (#18)
Best Value Online Journalism Programs (#8)
Best Value Online Psychology Programs (#29)
Best Value Online History Programs (#7)

Collegestart.org
Best Affordable Online Master's in Psychology (#6)

Grad School Hub
Most Affordable Online Master's Degree in English (#21)

Great Value Colleges
Online Psychology Degree (#27)

Online Colleges.net
Best Online Colleges in Tennessee (#3)

TheBestSchools.org
Best Online Colleges in Tennessee (#1)

Although it is only a small percentage of what we do, it is well deserved recognition. We anticipate this portion of our student population will continue to grow, and we are actively preparing to launch a new marketing campaign to share the good news of our success and the exceptional quality of our offerings.
Congratulations on a job remarkably well done.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor