Good News!

Dear Academic Affairs Colleagues,

Someone once said that the Provost’s Office is where fun goes to die. Not today! I’m sending along good news to share with you.

Outstanding Faculty Nominated for Deans’ Awards
Each year, faculty from each school and college nominate outstanding colleagues for the Deans’ Award for Teaching and the Deans’ Award for Research and Creativity, two of the highest university-wide honors. Congratulations to the distinguished nominees featured here. Deans now face the hard work of choosing the final three winners for each award to be announced on May 1, 2024.

Graduate Programs Climb in Rankings
Several of our graduate programs rose in the recent U.S. News & World Report rankings. Our online M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology reached a great ranking of No. 3 in the nation.  Access the TCU news story here. Nurse Anesthesia ranked No. 7 and the College of Education rose to No. 117 in the nation. Access the TCU news story here. Our full-time MBA improved 6 spots to No. 44 and the part-time MBA rose 18 spots to No. 66. Access the TCU Neeley story here. TCU graduate programs continue to be on the move and we are proud of their success!

Director of Student Access and Accommodation Honored
Our own Stacy Mason was honored with the Dot Mishoe Spirit Award for her contribution to the improvement of disability resource practices for TCU students. Stacy’s passion is to ensure the highest quality of holistic services and support for TCU students with disabilities. Cheers to her for being recognized nationally for her commitment to our students.  Access the full story here.

Med Students Get Matched
Kudos to our Burnett School of Medicine 2024 graduates as they survived the roller-coaster of emotions that ends with them landing residencies in top medical institutions across the country. Our students are entering 25 residency programs in Texas, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, plus The Mayo Clinic, UCLA Health, Duke University Medical Center and more.  Since there are more med school graduates than residency spots, matching is highly competitive. Adding to that stress, all of the nation’s entire residencies are announced at the same time. Access the full story here.

Strong Enrollment and Retention Rates
TCU continues to draw students to our beautiful campus for our high-quality education, friendly atmosphere and big-time athletics. We had more than 23,000 applications for 2,500 spots for the 2024-25 school year. For Spring 2024, our total enrollment was 12,309. Our graduation rate is up to 85% and we’re working on reaching (and surpassing) 90%. Our first-year retention rate is an impressive 94%. As we go through the admission process for 2024-25, I want to send a very special thanks to the TCU Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid for developing aid packages despite historic nationwide delays in processing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications.

These represent just a few of the wins from across our campus. I couldn’t cite them all since Horned Frogs are always excelling. To all of you doing the work, thank you for all that you do to make TCU great.

Best Wishes,

Floyd L. Wormley, Jr. Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Vice Provost for Research
Dean of Graduate Studies