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FOCUS Act Signing
2016 Fall Commencement
President Rudd at Performance of the UofM Orchestra
2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Office of the President

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." - Anatole France

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UofM and FedEx Launch Program to Offer Memphis Hub Employees an Opportunity to Earn Tuition-Free Degree

LiFE: Learning inspired by FedEx

University of Memphis Global and FedEx have collaborated to provide an opportunity for 11,000+ FedEx World Hub employees to earn a bachelor’s degree fully online from the UofM in the program LiFE: Learning inspired by FedEx.

FedEx posed three challenges that employees face in regard to pursuing a higher education: financial constraints, anxiety of returning to school and, in some instances, lack of a high school diploma. UofM Global addressed each of these concerns in the creation of the LiFE program.

As long as students remain in good academic standing and are employed at the FedEx Memphis Hub, FedEx will cover their tuition. UofM Global partnered with HopeWorks to provide assistance for those needing to earn their high school equivalency. The LiFE Prep Academy is a unique program designed by UofM Global to help students ease into the college curriculum. Successful completion of the no-risk, self-paced online coursework will result in automatic enrollment to UofM Global and 12 college credit hours. This program, along with 24/7 tutoring; Smart Start, a readiness assessment tool; academic coaching; and a LiFE Coach who serves as each student’s primary contact at the UofM from enrollment to graduation, provides the tools needed to help ease anxiety and to support adult learners.

The joint program between FedEx and University of Memphis Global will soon grow to include additional hub locations.

Learn more about the LiFE program >


M. David Rudd
The University of Memphis