Dear Campus Community:

Given the recent executive order, the University of Memphis is exploring the impact on our faculty, staff and students. We are working directly with those involved and are also coordinating with a number of national groups and agencies to better understand both its results and response options. We encourage anyone affected to contact the Center for International Education Services at 901-678-2055, Office of the Dean of Students at 901-678-2187, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School at 901-678-4212 or the Office of the Provost at 901-678-2119 for assistance.

Just a few days ago, I distributed a message affirming our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion "for all people, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity." Let me reaffirm that commitment in the strongest manner possible. We are here to assist. If you have questions or concerns about the executive order, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

Dear Campus Community:

I hope your transition into 2017 and the spring semester has been a smooth one. As you are aware, the 2017 Tennessee Legislature will begin with the Governor's State of the State Address Monday evening. Our new governing board members will participate in confirmation hearings next week as well. The target date for our first Board of Trustee meeting is March 17th, immediately following SACSCOC review and approval of our governing substantive change request.

The University of Memphis has a number of significant requests being considered by Governor Haslam and the legislature during this session. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has already recommended the governor and legislature fund our new music performance facility ($40M). We are also pursuing funds for capital improvements at our Lambuth campus, along with requests for additional funding for the Memphis Research Consortium, and creation of the Emerging Research University Fund (ERUF). As was shared in an earlier communication, the goal of the ERUF is to provide additional funds to move the UofM from Carnegie II to Carnegie I status, including funds to expand doctoral programs and faculty positions. We will also be pursuing $10M in private funding to support this effort, a campaign that will launch in the next few months.

Given our aspirations to become a Carnegie I research university, it is critical for Governor Haslam, our trustees, and legislators to understand our unique mission and contributions. Accordingly, we have initiated efforts to familiarize them with the breadth and depth of research on our campus. Senator Gresham (Chair of the Education Committee) was on campus last week. Her visit included research briefings by some of our outstanding faculty. In addition, Senator Gresham agreed to allow us time in Nashville for faculty to speak to the full committee. We will expand and intensify these efforts in the coming months. Thank you in advance to all those supporting and assisting this effort. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for our legislature to understand the unique contributions of the UofM.

Although we are optimistic heading into the legislative session, we will not know results for several months. I will keep you updated as the session moves along. Again, best wishes on a productive and enjoyable spring semester.

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

The University of Memphis is proud to unveil UofM Global. UofM Global brings the classroom to the student. The initiative is part of a University-wide effort to provide an alternative pathway to a college degree that is created with distance learners in mind. The online courses provide flexibility in earning a degree in spite of family commitments and demanding work schedules.

UofM Global offers 59 degree programs that are 100 percent online, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as graduate certificates. Degrees are available in business, education, engineering, health professions, the humanities and social sciences. Many of the programs are ranked among the best in the nation.

UofM Global programs provide:

  1. Opportunities to advance in life and career
  2. Alternative degree pathways and flexible formats
  3. Courses designed to enhance the skill sets you need in your profession
  4. Manageable structure and learning support to meet the demands of your lifestyle
  5. Online courses offered at an affordable cost
  6. Nationally-ranked online degree programs

UofM online degrees have a strong record of success, with programs growing steadily over the past decade. More than 30 percent of students take at least one course online during their time at the UofM.

We were recently ranked as the #1 online college in the state of Tennessee. In fact, almost a third of our programs are nationally-ranked in the top 40. Even more rank in the top 100. Everyone has different reasons for working towards a degree, but one thing remains constant - the need to learn, grow and advance.

From admission to graduation, we are invested in our student's success and UofM Global will allow our students the opportunity to reach their personal and professional goals in a fully online environment.

We want to thank everyone who helped to make UofM Global possible. We are so fortunate to have a campus community filled with so many individuals and departments who work together to make initiatives like this a reality.

For more information on UofM Global, call 844.302.3886 or visit uofmglobal.memphis.edu.

Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor