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Provost's Office Initiatives

Faculty Impact

The Provost’s Office is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty and supporting them in their pursuit of excellence in their instructional, research, and service endeavors. Our office works with faculty to create enriching opportunities for development for all stages of the academic career, including mentoring programs, professional development workshops, and leadership initiatives. Learn More

New Faculty Orientations and Seminars

New faculty have the opportunity to participate in two programs specifically designed to welcome new faculty to campus. The New Faculty Orientation provides information about the services and resources available on campus and gives new faculty an opportunity to interact with senior leaders and learn about their goals for OU. Additionally, a series of luncheon seminars enable new faculty to build relationships with colleagues and learn from others on campus whose work informs their careers as teachers and researchers.

Institutional Faculty Mentoring Program

The Institutional Faculty Mentoring Program is a new OU-wide mentoring network for faculty of all ranks who want to learn from the experiences of other faculty and grow their campus networks. The program serves as a catalyst for meaningful relationships to form among faculty, across the institution, with the goal of investing in each other’s professional development and success.

Leadership Development

To support faculty in their roles as leaders, the Provost’s Office offers a year-long program for department chairs and directors to foster a community of practice in their pursuit of effective management. This program equips them with skills in the various areas of administrative responsibilities. The Provost’s Office also offers year-round networking opportunities for associate deans to discuss campus-wide and college-oriented initiatives, leadership topics, innovations, and priorities at OU and in higher education.

Student Success

Student success is at the heart of our endeavors as a University. The Provost’s Office provides support across the institution to ensure that all students -- from high school students wanting to earn college credit to graduate students earning advanced degrees -- have access to the programs, resources, and opportunities to succeed at OU.

Retention and Graduation

In the last four years, following up on innovations pursued by OU over the last decade, student retention and graduation have become campus-wide priorities pursued by faculty, leadership, academic advisors, staff, and students. New initiatives in advisement and coaching, financial aid, summer programs, and introductory teaching, along with other initiatives already in place, helped move the freshman retention rate from 83.9% to 90.4%. With the achievement of a 90% freshman retention rate, OU joined a select group of public universities that have achieved that feat.

Concurrent Enrollment

Through Concurrent Enrollment at OU, high school juniors and seniors can enroll in college classes and earn college credit while they are still in high school. Choosing Concurrent Enrollment allows students to explore areas of academic interest, challenge themselves, and gain valuable experiences and college credit before they graduate from high school. OU offers courses for Concurrent Enrollment students in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, online and on campus.

Intersession and Summer Session Courses

The University of Oklahoma classrooms are active year-round. Our Intersession and Summer Sessions are committed to offering innovative programs and academically enriching courses for both visiting students and currently admitted students alike. These intensive study opportunities allow students to get ahead in their major, study abroad, work on a minor, or explore a new interest without the typical pressures of fall and spring semesters.

Graduate Education

The University of Oklahoma’s 6,600 graduate students represent 23% of the student body, and they account for a third of all degrees conferred. In an economy that increasingly values cognitive skills in the labor market, graduate and professional degrees provide our alumni with greater professional career choices and earning potential. Graduate students provide essential support for our instructional mission, and their accomplishments represent a substantial part of OU’s research and creative activity each year. Learn More.

Community Impact

The Provost’s Office believes in applying our resources to engage our communities to solve real-world problems in ways that both build human knowledge and improve the communities that we serve. By being actively engaged with the needs of our community, students learn tangible skills and develop a sense of personal responsibility that prepares them to be active citizens at local, regional, and global levels.

To learn more, watch OU Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper and Dr. Matthew Hartley, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the University of Pennsylvania, discuss the benefits and reciprocal efforts of community engagement.