Letter from the Chancellor: August 25, 2021

Dear U of A Community:

It is truly a great honor for me to welcome you back for a new academic year. Although the warmth of the summer season still fills our days, one can easily notice the signs of the fall semester simmering in our midst. The life and energy of our campus has returned with the presence of our wonderful faculty and staff and our large student enrollment. In every part of the campus, our community is going about the business of fulfilling our mission-providing educational opportunity and transforming lives.  

I want to thank each of you for what you do every day to make our university vibrant and successful.   

  • You are the reason why the University of Arkansas has steadily improved its retention and graduation rates.  
  • You are the reason why the University of Arkansas has become a destination school for more students both in state and out.  
  • You are the reason why the University of Arkansas continues to grow its research footprint and its impact on the economic development of this state.   

Our success as a campus is a direct result of your professional and personal commitment to our university and for that I am very grateful.  

The last 18 months have been extraordinarily challenging, yet our campus community has persevered. We have demonstrated that we possess the capacity to navigate extremely difficult circumstances to execute and fulfill our mission.  

Journalist Tom Brokaw popularized the notion of Americans who supported the nation’s efforts during World War II as being the Greatest Generation. Brokaw referenced their selfless sacrifice for the national cause, and he made a strong case, but the annals of American history are incomplete. There remains an opportunity for our generation to stake its claim to that title through our willingness to work together for the common good, for health and shared humanity. 

I am so proud that our campus has manifested the spirit of greatness during this pandemic. Our mission-focused sacrifices have made this promising fall 2021 semester possible and will carry us to an even brighter future. 

Finally, I’d like to announce that the university has more than 29,000 students enrolled for the first time in our history. One of several records that we expect to set when the enrollment numbers become official later this semester.       

Thank you and have a great fall!

Sincerely,

Charles Robinson
Interim Chancellor
Professor of History

Archive

August 25, 2021 First Week Welcome and Enrollment News August 20, 2021 Mask, Class Attendance Requirements for Faculty August 17, 2021 Recording Now Available of Fall Semester Q&A August 11, 2021 University Implements Mask Requirement Indoors August 5, 2021 Support for Local Decisions Regarding Masks July 30, 2021 Recording Now Available of Fall Semester Faculty Forum July 23, 2021 Unvaccinated individuals are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 July 20, 2021 Encouraging Vaccination May 21, 2021 Campus COVID-19 Masking, Social Distancing Guidance Updated April 28, 2021 Recording of Faculty-Focused Panel on Fall Return to Campus April 15, 2021 Recording of Staff Returning to Campus Panel Discussion April 12, 2021 Mask Use Continues, Vaccinations Available March 31, 2021 NWA Council to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Razorback Stadium March 30, 2021 Vaccine Appointments Open to Students 18 and Over March 24, 2021 Staff: Plan for 100 Percent Return to Campus by June 14 March 23, 2021 Preparing for Traditional Face-to-Face Fall March 18, 2021 Plans for Summer and Fall March 9, 2021 Vaccinations Now Available at PWHC February 18, 2021 Grading Policy/Course Withdrawal Updates February 16, 2021 Employees Eligible for Vaccinations from Multiple Providers February 8, 2021 Vaccination update: Second doses planned January 27, 2021 Recording of panel discussion available January 26, 2021 Appointments for new groups of employees January 22, 2021 Appointments required for vaccination January 22, 2021 Panel to discuss respons, vaccine rollout January 21, 2021 Eligibility letters sent to employees January 16, 2021 Patience requested, Phase 1-B will take time January 13, 2021 Most employees eligible for vaccination January 5, 2021 Drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic December 16, 2020 Spring COVID-19 Response Guide November 20, 2020 Get tested before the break October 8, 2020 Staying the course after Thanksgiving September 30, 2020 Drive-thru flu vaccines September 22, 2020 Cases decline September 16, 2020 On-campus events resume September 9, 2020 Contact tracing, self-reporting September 4, 2020 On-campus events suspended September 2, 2020 Self-reporting, reporting violations, dashboard August 31,2020 COVID-19 testing, drive-thru clinic August 20, 2020 Health kits distibution August 14, 2020 Keep Teaching resource launches July 17, 2020 Masks required June 1, 2020 Return to Campus Guide May 22, 2020 Fall plans being finalized May 12, 2020 Essential research allowed May 4, 2020 CARES Act funding distribution plans April 30, 2020 Looking ahead to the fall April 20, 2020 CARES Act April 8, 2020 Credits, tuition, commencement April 2, 2020 Determined to help March 25, 2020 Adjusting to a new normal (video) March 23, 2020 First COVID-19 case involving U of A community March 18, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in NWA March 12, 2020 In-person classes suspended March 11, 2020 University travel suspended March 11, 2020 First COVID-19 case reported in Arkansas