I am excited to announce the launch of University College at Tufts, which will enhance Tufts’ capacity to facilitate the development of new university-wide degree and non-degree programs and partnerships; reach new student populations; and cultivate new revenue streams across the university.
By developing new types of programs and services that meet a range of diverse educational needs, University College will significantly enhance our ability to attract new, non-traditional populations of learners—including pre-K-8 and high school students, international students, English language learners, professionals, and post-career adults.
Reporting to Provost ad interim Deborah Kochevar, University College will be led by Joseph Auner, who has been appointed dean, and Karen Mulder, who will be the executive associate dean. Joe and Karen will also continue to serve in their current roles as dean of academic affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences and executive director of strategy and program planning, respectively.
The process of envisioning University College has been predicated on a deep commitment to preserving and strengthening the values, identity, and unique characteristics of Tufts University and its existing schools and academic departments. As such, University College will be fully integrated into the schools, functioning as a catalyst for new and existing activities and for bringing in additional resources. The process for electing a University College governance body, which has been approved by the university-wide Faculty Senate, is being facilitated by the Provost’s office and will be in place by early 2019.
The launch of University College will provide administrative support for key ongoing strategic initiatives, including:
Developing new pre-college programs designed for high-school students
Expanding Summer at Tufts open enrollment course offerings for both matriculated and non-matriculated students
Offering open enrollment programs during the academic year
Tailoring programs for corporate and international partnerships
Introducing a Winter Session
Creating encore career programs
Expanding programs and “camps” that serve pre-K-8 students
Supported by a flexible and transparent budget model that centers around sending revenue back to the schools, University College will work collaboratively with each of Tufts’ existing schools to administer these programs in a way that best leverages our academic and administrative strengths. Since University College serves a broad range of prospective students with different educational needs, marketing will continue to focus on the program level, such as Summer at Tufts.
The establishment of University College will enable more experimentation and growth of Tufts’ programming and partnerships across all our schools and allow us to reach new student audiences at every stage of their academic and professional development. Expanding our base of traditional and non-traditional students also increases the number of alumni with a deep and broad affinity for Tufts—and amplifies the positive impact that Tufts faculty, students, alumni are able to make in the world.