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Messages and Statements

OU University of Oklahoma. Lead on, University - Strategic Plan. The Foundation for our Future.

Strategic Plan Update

Officially launched in July 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, Lead On, University defines a clear plan for the Norman campus’ future and the comprehensive strategies to achieve it. As the university’s first Strategic Plan in a generation, it aims to position OU as a top-tier public research university that fosters a culture of innovation, excellence, and inclusivity.

In the months since the Strategic Plan’s unveiling, the university has embraced the challenge of striving for success with an eagerness to bring the Plan to life. With the first dedicated Strategic Plan in 30 years, OU has instituted structural changes like adding premier freshman housing, the merger of OU Health, joining the SEC, and more. Accelerating to remarkable heights, the university has enjoyed record fundraising and legislative funding, and in fall 2021 welcomed its largest, most diverse and academically qualified class in history.

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The University of Oklahoma Free Speech Week.

A Message from President Harroz – Free Speech Week

October 11, 2023

The freedom to speak, inquire, and express strikes at the heart of any great institution of higher learning. These First Amendment rights not only form the bedrock of American democracy, they are inseparable to our university’s mission as a scholarly community, where bright minds converge in the unbridled pursuit of truth.

Student walking on the South Oval on the University of Oklahoma campus

A Message from President Harroz – Welcome Back Fall 2023

August 10, 2023

The final days of summer break are upon us, and the unmatched energy of campus is growing by the day. Welcoming the fall semester is always an exciting time. It’s a moment that epitomizes what unites us as the OU Family: to educate the next generation of leaders, create knowledge, and serve society. Our collective determination to uphold these values has guided us from our very beginning, linking past to present, and where we aim to go next. These ambitions are intrinsic to our crimson roots and inspire us to forge ahead with an unstoppable spirit.

Stephenson Cancer Center

A Message from President Harroz – Celebrating NCI Renewal at Stephenson Cancer Center

May 05, 2023

Today, the University of Oklahoma and our health care partner OU Health are celebrating a significant milestone: OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Health Sciences has achieved renewal of its status as a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center. This accomplishment recognizes the cancer center’s continued growth as a statewide cancer network that provides leadership in patient care, research, education, and community outreach. Patients who are treated at an NCI-designated cancer center have improved long-term survival rates and better quality of life, and renewal of this distinction will undoubtedly save countless lives and enhance care for the people of Oklahoma.