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Announcements

Annual Enrollment Period for Eligible Employees

The annual open enrollment period for 2018 insurance benefits is from Monday, October 2 through Friday, October 13, 2017. All enrollments and/or changes must be done in the State's Employee Self Service (ESS) system called Edison during this time period. The system will automatically shut down on October 13 at 4:30 p.m. (CST). Read the Entire Memorandum from Maria AlamAVP/Chief Human Resources Officer

Graduate School Fair will provide information on more than 120 degrees

UofM students and alumni can connect with faculty and graduate students at the fall Graduate School Information Fair Sept. 21 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the UC Ballroom. All of the graduate degree programs at the UofM will be represented; other universities from across the country will be represented as well. There will be a free GRE test prep workshop at 5 p.m. For more information, click here or contact Mary Kyle at marykyle@memphis.edu.

LIVESAFE

The UofM's new comprehensive personal safety mobile app is LiveSafe and can be downloaded for free. This app allows you to receive instant alerts from Police Services and replaces the Tigertext service, which will end on August 31st, 2017. Additionally, it provides a quick, convenient and discreet way to communicate directly with Police Services. The app will allow members of the campus to send text, pictures, video and audio directly to Police Services in real time. It also allows for a live chat with safety personnel. The app includes the option to share tips and information anonymously. In addition, subscribers can use SafeWalk to invite personal contacts to virtually escort you as you chat. Visit the Police Services website for more information.

UofM Research Foundation Announces Grand Opening of Student-Operated Call Center

FedEx Signs on as First Customer

August 29, 2017 - The University of Memphis Research Foundation (UMRF) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, UMRF Ventures Inc., announce the grand opening of a unique, student-operated call center as part of an economic development initiative designed to provide real and transferable opportunities to students in the Memphis community. Read the full press release on the UofM Media Room website.

 

Student Success

Email from Dr. Rudd 09/11/17: Three years ago we established a number of goals revolving around student success, including growing our campus and improving retention and graduation rates. I am pleased to report that your hard work is paying off. As has been shared previously, our average graduation numbers over the past three years are at an all-time high for the UofM, with an increase of approximately 25% over the averages from a decade ago. Similarly, our retention rates are improving in parallel fashion, with our freshman to sophomore retention rate above 80% for the first time in our history. Three years ago that rate was at 71 percent.

As you know, we set an ambitious goal of an average annual growth rate of 2% for five years, after five consecutive years of declining enrollment. Last year we grew approximately 3%. As of the 14th day enrollment data, we have a headcount of 21,783 students, approximately 255 over last year's numbers (1.3% growth), for a two-year average exceeding our goal. Not only are we growing, but our efforts are proving successful to make sure we continue to attract students who are highly qualified academically. This year's freshman class stands at 2,677 today, in comparison to last year's record class of 2,750. Remember, last year's class represented a 30% increase over the previous year. The mean ACT score for this year's class improved by half a point, a significant year-to-year increase. Additionally, our yield rate from the highest two academic qualification categories increased significantly. We have set a stretch goal of 3,000 highly qualified, first-time, full-time freshman in the coming years, consistent with our goal to grow the residential nature and capacity of our campus.

This level of success and movement is not possible without the hard work and dedication of so many on our campus. Thank you for your continued dedication to our students, our City and community. You are making a remarkable difference in the lives of so many, making our campus community and our City a better place, and helping change the landscape of Tennessee and our nation.

ITS and CTL offer training classes

Information Technology Services and the CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) offer a wide range of training for faculty and staff in various software. The sessions are free of charge. Upcoming offerings include: Accessibility in Accessibility in Microsoft Products; eCourseware Expert: Department Aide; eCourseware Essential: What's New in eCourseware?; and Microsoft Outlook Essential. For a complete schedule, or to register for classes, visit learningcurve.memphis.edu.