I hope this message finds you safe, warm and excited for the new semester. As we embark on this journey together, I want to extend a heartfelt welcome to you all.
This January, we not only celebrate the promise of a fresh start but also honor the legacy of a remarkable leader who dedicated his life to the values of justice, equality and belonging — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As the winter break approaches, we wish you happy holidays and thank you for helping make the University of Arkansas so special. Your hard work, inquisitiveness and kindness are major reasons why the U of A has become a destination school, with a record of academic achievement and a dynamic campus culture that attracts students, faculty and staff from around the world.
We wish you a joyful holiday season and a restful winter break. Enjoy this well-deserved time with family and friends.
Life, like the river, moves in the direction of the flow. That’s why for you today at this junction of your journey, one of the most salient questions that you will have to grapple with is how will you continue managing your flow?...Will you have a flow that unites and strengthens the bonds between people, underscoring our shared humanity and reviving the sense that all things are possible if we are willing to work together?...Or will you have a flow that causes people to seek hazard insurance when they deal with you?
The 2023 State of the University included several campus leaders who reinforced the U of A’s land-grant mission while providing updates on strategic efforts to strengthen student success and research excellence, as well as enhancing the university’s status as an employer of choice.
As we celebrate Staff Appreciation Week, we want to thank you for all that you do for the University of Arkansas.
We’ve made a lot of news recently, setting institutional records in areas that are crucial to fulfilling our land-grant mission such as overall enrollment, number of Arkansans enrolled, scholarships and grants awarded, degrees awarded, six-year graduation rate, first-year retention rate and research expenditures. None of those achievements would have been possible without your hard work, your unwavering dedication to the U of A and our land-grant mission, and your tireless support of our students, faculty and your fellow staff members.
With the fall semester underway and the Razorbacks set to play their first Fayetteville home game of the 2023 football season this weekend, I have a bit of good news to share. Our preliminary ‘11th day’ numbers indicate that we have 32,140 students enrolled this semester, breaking the previous enrollment record we set last fall. Moreover, both our freshman class and our overall total enrollment include a record number of Arkansas students ever enrolled at the U of A, breaking the marks we set last fall as well. So, we are fulfilling our land-grant duty of uplifting Arkansans through education as never before. And last, but certainly not least, the incoming freshman class has the highest average GPA ever (3.79).
As we begin the fall semester, I am thrilled to welcome both new and returning students.
What a time to be a Razorback! We’ve set several institutional records recently, and it looks like that trend will continue this semester as we anticipate setting a new record for enrollment as well as a new record for the number of Arkansans in the incoming freshman class. Moreover, our incoming freshman class has an average high school GPA of 3.81, breaking last year’s record of 3.76.
Through a series of town halls, we have validated our strategic pillars of student success, employer of choice and research excellence. Each pillar now has emergent goals and performance metrics. When we return to campus in the fall our colleges, schools and units will be able to develop strategies and tactics that align with the University’s goals while reflecting each unit’s unique strengths and opportunities. As we go through this process, we will be realigning resources to position the University of Arkansas to better meet its mission. Our first realignment will focus on supporting the student success and employer of choice pillars.
The University of Arkansas’ 150 Forward strategic planning process is underway with a series of three campuswide town hall discussions scheduled in February and March. The town hall sessions will focus on advancing the university’s three strategic priority areas: student success, research excellence and the university’s status as an employer of choice. Other strategic planning activities are happening in parallel, designed to examine the state of the university and assist with setting goals and objectives.
I want to thank you for the notes, calls, texts and visits in the days since I was named chancellor. Despite being in the seat for the past 15 months and the fact that we, together, have not stopped advancing the mission of the University of Arkansas in that time, I assure you that I have emerged from the search process reinvigorated – and ready to get to work.
Your voice matters and we hope all of you who are registered to vote will take part in the upcoming local, state and federal elections as a part of the early voting period on campus, or on Election Day elsewhere.
Interim chancellor reinforces campus values of curiosity, creativity, character and our shared humanity.
The University of Arkansas remains committed to fostering a campus that always embraces and celebrates our shared humanity.
Interim Chancellor Robinson issues a proclamation
Interim Chancellor Charles F. Robinson recently shared his vision for the University of Arkansas’ next year with an audience of faculty, staff, and students during the 2021 State of the University Address at Faulkner Performing Arts Center.
University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced that Charles F. Robinson, Ph.D., currently provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has been named interim chancellor at the flagship campus beginning Aug. 16.