Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Community,
When Interim President Joe Harroz began in his new role, he outlined priorities for our University designed to propel us forward in the important work of fulfilling our mission. One of those priorities was to focus on extending our academic offerings to more students in Oklahoma and beyond. Most recently, we have seen growth in online graduate programs and now have more than 1,000 students pursuing degrees and certificates who might never step foot on any of our campuses.
Over the past few months, we formed a committee to evaluate the opportunity to increase access to our academic offerings through the creation of OU Global. OU Global would provide high-quality graduate programs to adult learners who seek the benefits of higher education and OU’s outstanding academics, but whose access is challenged by distance and time constraints.
Interim President Harroz has asked me to lead this effort, and as such I will step out of the College of Education for the next five months and work directly on this project. This five-month assignment will allow me to lead in the development of the online component of our vision and strategy that we will provide to the OU Regents by January 17. Dr. Stacy Reeder, chair of the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, will serve as acting dean of the college.
We have an amazing strength of leadership in this college, and I have full confidence we will continue to move forward in a positive direction. I will still be a part of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education community and look forward to seeing you at events this fall.