Spring 2018

University News

New programs focus on student outcomes

The University of Tulsa continually expands academic programs to keep up with student and industry interest. From cyber security to brewing the perfect beer, TU has introduced the following majors, minors and certificates within the past two years.

International engineering/science and language program

The College of Engineering and Natural Sciences and the School of Language and Literature in the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences have collaborated to create a new undergraduate interdisciplinary international engineering/science and language degree. The five-year program allows students to earn degrees in an engineering or science discipline (BS) and in a foreign language (BA). The program requires students to study and intern one year abroad in a country where they can use their second language. Doing so earns them one semester of free tuition. Students apply as freshmen.

Cyber security graduate degree for professionals

The Tandy School of Computer Science has introduced a master of science cyber security professional track degree for working professionals interested in developing requisite skills for today’s workforce. The graduate program offers online and immersive courses taught by faculty experts. Courses include network security concepts and applications, digital forensics and Internet of things/cloud security. Students can complete the program in 24 months.

Doctorate of nursing practice

The doctorate of nursing practice in the Oxley College of Health Sciences offers two concentrations — adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner — along with a post-master’s DNP program. Instructional classroom preparation is combined with clinical rotations.

MBA in healthcare delivery

The master of business administration in healthcare delivery services is designed for professionals working in health or related industries. The program equips students with skills needed to serve as agents and leaders in the healthcare field. Curriculum course topics involve the variation and value of health care, ethics, policy, economics and core business knowledge. The master’s degree can be completed in two years.
Master’s degree and minor in business analytics

The master of science degree in business analytics targets students interested in the analysis, interpretation and prediction capabilities of large sets of data. The degree provides technical tools to perform data analysis and to specialize in a specific discipline. Evening classes are offered to accommodate working professionals. Full-time students can complete the degree in 16 months.

The business analytics minor is designed for business majors interested in complementing their degree with basic knowledge in data management and business-analytic techniques. Required courses include database design and applications as well as data mining and analytics.

Other Minor programs

TU now offers interdisciplinary minors in supercomputing, neuroscience, biomedical engineering and cyber security.

The supercomputing minor is applied in many disciplines including physics, geophysics, geology, petroleum engineering, mathematics, chemistry, chemical engineering and biology. Students must take 15 credit hours in foundational mathematics, program-ming and high-performance computing core and elective courses.

The biomedical engineering minor is a combination of the engineering and medicine curricula blended through applications in materials science, electronics, software development and health equipment. Students complete core biology classes including human anatomy, genetics and cellular biology along with specialized classes in areas such as bioinformatics, robotics and artificial intelligence.

The neuroscience minor blends psychology, biological science and biochemistry to provide a foundational understanding in the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. The minor is open to any major and is ideal for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in neuroscience or careers in medicine, psychology or artificial intelligence.

The cyber security minor is ideal for students majoring in computer information systems who want to acquire skills in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure, securing financial transactions and safeguarding patient data. Course options include enterprise security management and network security.

Beer brewing certificate

TU has launched a certificate program in the science of beer brewing through collaboration with Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Co. founded by brewmaster Eric Marshall (BS ’04).


Levit named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs

The University of Tulsa has named Janet K. Levit provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She replaces Roger Blais, who is retiring after more than 40 years at TU. Levit is the first woman to serve as provost of Tulsa’s flagship comprehensive research university.

Levit has served as the university’s vice president for strategic initiatives since January 2017. Before that, she served as the first female dean of the TU College of Law, where she continues as a professor.

Levit earned her bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and her law and master’s degrees from Yale. She has served as a TU faculty member since 1995. Her work has garnered numerous honors including Tulsa’s Women of the Year Pinnacle Awards’ Anna C. Roth Legacy Award, TU Law Hall of Fame, James C. Lang Mentoring Award and “50 Making a Difference” Circle of Excellence. Levit currently is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.


Latest rankings highlight TU’s quality, value

The University of Tulsa is profiled in the 2018 edition of the Princeton Review’s Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. The recognition distinguishes TU as one of the nation’s best colleges for a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price. TU was selected based on 2016-17 data from administrator surveys at more than 650 colleges. TU is also included in the Princeton Review’s flagship college guide, The Best 382 Colleges.

TU has been named a Best College Value for 2018 by SmartAsset and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The designation highlights private universities, public institutions and liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. Kiplinger ranks TU No. 55 for best value among private schools and No. 179 among the top 300 U.S. colleges. SmartAsset named TU tops in Oklahoma and number 124 nationally.

“We’re proud to once again be recognized by Kiplinger’s for providing students with an engaging college experience, innovative environment and exceptional outcomes,” said Earl Johnson (BFA ’89), vice president for enrollment and student services. “The financial assistance available at TU makes it an accessible private university for students seeking exciting research opportunities alongside a strong liberal arts foundation.”

TU has been named a Top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report for 15 consecutive years and is recognized as one of the country’s best colleges for international students by Forbes magazine. U.S. College Rankings by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education list TU in the 16th percentile — No. 170 out of more than 1,000 research universities and liberal arts colleges. TU also received the 2017 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges features TU among more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.


TU Institute for Bob Dylan Studies

The only university-based center dedicated to a single popular artist, scholars are now accessing never-before-seen Bob Dylan Archive material via the online collection managed by the Helmerich Center for American Research. As a result of the increased access to the archive online, scholars can now view video clips, listen to recordings and read manuscripts as they study the American icon.