ORU Announces New Focus on Student Success

Oral Roberts University President William M. Wilson announced the creation of a new division to focus exclusively on student success. Starting May 1, Dr. Matt Olsen will lead this new focus at as dean of student success. Dr. Olsen and his team will serve students from the time they enroll at until they graduate and find employment. He will work to see students succeed, increase the retention and graduation rates, and oversee the career services department.

“ORU’s mission is dependent upon our ability to help our students not just while they are enrolled at but also as they are stepping into their first jobs,” Wilson says. “This is a declaration that demonstrates our commitment to student life, development and their future.”

Dr. Olsen holds three degrees from . In 1993, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work. In 2002, he earned a master’s degree in education. Last year, he completed his doctorate in educational leadership.

He served as dean from 2006 to 2016 and as an adjunct professor from 2002 to 2016.

“This new effort will have the strong unfettered support of the university’s administration and the full academic community,” says Provost Kathaleen Reid Martinez. “Families make a huge commitment to see that their children have a first-rate education. This is our way of showing our measurable support.”

Updated 04-26-2016

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