The Opportunity

Serving over 21,000 students, Tulsa Community College (TCC) is Oklahoma’s largest multi-campus community college, located on four fully-equipped campuses in the Tulsa area (Metro, Northeast, Southeast, and West) and several other community campuses in the suburban areas. Founded in 1970, TCC consistently ranks among the elite of the nation’s 1,150 community colleges in associate degrees awarded, serves more college students in northeastern Oklahoma than any other public college or university, and reports one of the largest first-year classes in Oklahoma every year. With an average age of 24 and an underrepresented student population of approximately 46%, TCC grants associate degrees in 83 different programs, as well as 38 credit-bearing certificate programs. TCC also supports a vibrant campus life environment, offering opportunities to join clubs and organizations, attend events and student activities, participate in health and wellness opportunities, and cultivate dynamic skills through the TrueBlue LEAD scholarship and the National Society of Leadership and Success leadership development programs. TCC recently garnered national recognition by winning two major awards from the American Association of Community Colleges for 2020, the Student Success Award and the Safety Planning and Leadership Award.

Named one of the best destinations to visit in 2022 by CNN travel and ranked the #6 Best Small City Among America’s Top Ten Best Cities, Tulsa sports a population of approximately 403,000 residents and is widely known for its art deco architecture, an expansive collection of western art, unique entertainment and shopping districts, a wide variety of dining experiences, sports and recreation opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, and of course, a scenic trip along a segment of the famous Route 66. The Gathering Place was also recognized as the 2021 “Best City Park” in America by USA Today and Greenwood Rising, the museum and history center dedicated to Tulsa’s historic Black district, finished seventh in a nationwide vote for USA Today’s Best New Attraction of 2021. Ideally located on the Arkansas River in northeastern Oklahoma, Tulsa is a city on the move and has something for everyone!

The Position

Role of the Dean of Students and Accessibility for Tulsa Community College

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Student Success, the Dean of Students and Accessibility (DSA) fosters and promotes character development, positive behavioral changes, and personal growth among the students at Tulsa Community College through oversight of the Offices of Accessibility Resources, Student Conduct & Community Standards, and Career Services. The Dean of Students and Accessibility ensures that students with disabilities have equal access and appropriate accommodations, works with the Director of Accessibility Resources to resolve disability-related concerns and to oversee the Resource Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, and serves as Tulsa Community College’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Officer. The DSA serves as an advocate for student success, managing and implementing the Student Code of Conduct and, with the support of the Student Conduct Manager, oversees TCC’s overall student conduct process, to include responding to crises, providing guidance and training, administering interventions, making appropriate referrals, and other related activities. As a key collaborator with representatives across the institution, the DSA responds to alleged student or visitor conduct violations and advises faculty, students, staff, deans, and other constituents regarding student conduct policies and procedures. In conjunction with the Director of Career Services, the DSA promotes active career exploration, in-depth job search preparation, and solid employer relations in support of TCC students’ next steps beyond college. The DSA utilizes sound assessment principles and innovative best practices to measure and constantly improve student learning and departmental effectiveness; develops and implements appropriate protocols responding to alleged violations; and remains current on legal issues, academic integrity, and trends in higher education, accessibility, and student conduct to maximize the student experience at TCC. The Dean of Students and Accessibility manages a dynamic staff of 22, including three direct reports, and an overall operating budget of approximately $130,000.

History of the Position  

The Dean of Students and Accessibility is a new position created from the need to align several departments with higher  compliance requirements to ensure students’ needs are being met to the most significant degree. Terri Alonso, the former Dean of Students & Campus Operations, previously served in this new role for a short period following a reorganization in February 2021. The Dean’s role originally included oversight of the Offices of Student Conduct & Community Standards, Career Services, and TCC Fitness Centers, but now Accessibility Resources has replaced the fitness centers under this umbrella as the College explores additional ways to support those operations. TCC has now enlisted Spelman Johnson to assist in filling this critical role.

Priorities, Opportunities, and Challenges of the Role

The next Dean of Students and Accessibility at Tulsa Community College must possess a broad and deep understanding of national trends and best practices concerning accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, organizational design and development, student conduct administration trends, and career development models in a multifaceted and constantly changing environment. The DSA should be a dynamic leader who is capable of managing complex situations and conducting difficult conversations; committed to the well-being and support of the staff under their purview; dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms; and equipped to contribute at both a strategic and operational level to a vibrant and progressive community college environment.

To be successful in this role, the DSA should possess a comprehensive grasp of the changing needs of today’s college students in a post-COVID world, a strong passion for overcoming obstacles and assisting others to do the same in an educational and empathetic manner, and the ability to understand and continuously evolve systems, programs, and services.

It is critical that TCC identify a capable and visionary individual who can promote, organize, and develop the staff, set departmental priorities, support institutional objectives, and effectively lead the current program into the future. The following were identified as possible opportunities, priorities, and challenges that will face the new Dean of Students and Accessibility.

  • The Dean of Students and Accessibility should be prepared to promote and manage a robust and high-functioning team poised to support one another as the units address numerous complex and sensitive issues around accessibility and student conduct. This individual should facilitate high productivity while also attending to this work’s impact on staff members through active support of positive coping mechanisms, work/life balance, and ongoing professional development. It will be imperative that the DSA quickly get to know the various staff members, discern their strengths, listen carefully to their needs and ideas, and begin the process of forging forward together with a fresh and forward-thinking vision. The DSA should assess any staff vacancies and programs currently underway, develop strategic and operational plans for filling those positions in a timely and effective manner, and determine the organization’s future direction.
  • The DSA should be a knowledgeable and forward-thinking student affairs professional who is wholly committed to student development principles and is current on trends and best practices in student affairs, particularly in a post-COVID environment. While the successful candidate needs to have demonstrated experience in at least one of the professional areas over which they are responsible, it is most critical that the DSA has some level of understanding and working knowledge around accessibility, accommodation, and legal compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, and general higher education law, as there are a growing number of students, faculty, and staff who require accessibility services at TCC and who depend on the DSA and their team to provide these services. The DSA should translate these legal processes and language into lay terms and confidently communicate policies, procedures, regulations, and other information clearly and concisely. It will be the objective of the DSA to ensure no need is overlooked, that resources are plentiful and readily obtained, and that the department achieves 100% compliance with ADA regulations. In today’s overly litigious culture, it will be crucial that the DSA understand the legal ramifications of non-compliance and work closely with TCC’s Legal Counsel to minimize lawsuits and legal entanglements.
  • Similarly, the DSA must possess the same working knowledge of legal issues in higher education and current best practices supporting the Student Code of Conduct. The DSA must be articulate, confident, and capable of holding firmly to the tenets and principles of this code, supporting the Student Conduct Manager, and exhibiting strong communication skills through personal interaction, public presentations, and curation of a thoughtful online presence. The DSA should confidently assume the position of “expert authority” related to student conduct, advising the TCC community on upholding the opportunities, rights, and responsibilities of students and the institution at all levels.
  • Tulsa Community College has an institutional culture that emphasizes a strong sense of community and a collaborative work environment, so the Dean of Students and Accessibility should work quickly to build rapport with the various staff under their purview, the Division of Student Success and Equity, and other partners and colleagues throughout the four campus locations. It will be essential that the DSA commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration, as Tulsa Community College is committed to building strong, healthy, and mutually supportive relationships as a foundation of the campus culture. Upon arrival, the DSA should conduct a comprehensive “listening tour” to foster open communication, increased transparency, opportunities for feedback, and stakeholder involvement. Relationships and collaboration on the TCC campuses create an interconnectedness that fosters a very collegial environment, so the DSA should work diligently from day one to develop and promote these partnerships. The DSA will find a supervisor and peers who staunchly promote this collaborative networking, are incredibly welcoming, and encourage open communication across the board.
  • Because TCC encompasses four different physical campus locations, the DSA should be politically savvy and able to coordinate services and collaborations across these various sites and institutional units. The ability to multitask across these four campuses, each having its own “personality” and culture, will be critical for success. In the listening tour mentioned above, the DSA will want to learn the characteristics and nuances of each distinct location to discover the most effective delivery of programs and services best suited for each.
  • From their first day in the role, the Dean of Students and Accessibility will need to “hit the ground running” to begin the process of understanding the TCC Student Code of Conduct, develop a confident working knowledge of the institution’s conduct processes, and promote current best practices for student care and student conduct initiatives. The DSA should demonstrate creativity, leadership, and energy in addressing topics such as mental health issues, COVID-19 ramifications, Title IX, and social justice concerns that will continue to have an impact on student conduct policy and practice for some time to come at both TCC and the higher education environment overall.
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect are essential components of the TCC community, and the DSA should provide bold leadership in fostering a campus climate that supports, embraces, integrates, and nurtures these concepts at all times. There are many underrepresented populations throughout the institution, and the departments that the DSA oversees should be models for maintaining a strong sense of equity and an unbiased environment at all times. The DSA should champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms and strive to nurture and embrace these concepts throughout the organization and in its processes.
  • As a community college, candidates should be aware that student conduct at TCC is centered primarily around Title IX, classroom management, and other types of cases in which the institution has limited or no access to the responding party; with no residential component and no fraternity/sorority system, most conduct cases do not involve alcohol, drugs, and other issues common on most residential college campuses. TCC is moving toward a case management approach in conduct, so the DSA will find support for an approach that removes barriers from the students’ lives versus a focus on punitive consequences.
  • This is an exciting time to join Tulsa Community College and an outstanding opportunity for the successful candidate to put their professional mark on Accessibility Resources, Student Conduct, Career Services, and the Division of Student Success and Equity, building on their current strengths and pushing each to an even higher level. The DSA should seek opportunities to benchmark other successful programs and services and research innovative trends and best practices that raise expectations and standards in all areas. The DSA can look forward to visioning and strategizing with the Associate Vice President of Student Success, Vice President of Student Success and Equity, President, peers and colleagues, and the internal staff to promote an exciting and dynamic student success environment. The TCC stakeholders reiterated that they enjoy working at the College and living in Tulsa, are very supportive of each other, are motivated by the vibrancy and fast pace of TCC, feel much collegiality, and believe that there are many opportunities to make a big difference in this role. Being a good colleague is an essential priority to the stakeholders of this position, so the Dean of Students and Accessibility should expect a very positive and welcoming environment to work, live, and thrive.

Measures of Success

At an appropriate interval after joining Tulsa Community College, the items listed below will initially define success for the new Dean of Students and Accessibility.

  • The professional staff is working together cohesively as a team, morale is high and rising, staff vacancies are being filled as quickly as possible, staff retention is improving, the DSA is consistently available and willing to listen to staff, and professional development opportunities are readily available.
  • The DSA has conducted a comprehensive listening tour and built positive relationships internally and across all four campuses.
  • Operational and strategic plans have been clearly and transparently established for the areas under the DSA’s purview, and these plans include straightforward objectives and measurable outcomes that are assessed effectively and efficiently; subsequently, adjustments are regularly made based on these assessments, and robust feedback is solicited and utilized to affect the process going forward.
  • TCC’s accessibility processes have been comprehensively assessed, more clearly defined, and are transparent and readily available to the students, faculty, and staff.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are foundational concepts throughout the DSA’s departments, the DSA is engaged in ensuring that underrepresented communities at TCC feel valued, heard, and supported, and, as a result, retention rates, particularly of underrepresented populations, are rising.

 

Qualifications

Qualifications and Characteristics

A master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, adult education, social work, psychology, or a related field, as well as seven or more years of demonstrated and relevant supervisory and leadership experience, preferably in a community college environment, is required. Other requirements include demonstrated experience managing budgets, operations, and initiatives related to student accommodation services, student conduct, and general student affairs; an unwavering commitment to student success; project management experience; the ability to travel between the four TCC campuses; and the ability to work outside of normal operations hours and on the weekend as needed. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated knowledge, training, or experience in state and federal laws related to disability rights, including Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the administration of student conduct or career services in a higher education setting.

Other desired characteristics, skills, actions, and abilities noted from the stakeholder discussions include:

  • administrative and managerial experience at progressive levels in a student affairs setting (higher education/community college experience preferred), with the ability to plan strategically, globally, and operationally;
  • sound leadership, supervision, managerial, and organizational-development abilities that inspire and develop staff, provide professional and personal development opportunities, promote unity and teamwork throughout the department, and build a strong organization of student affairs professionals working together to improve the student experience;
  • an overall understanding of the different priorities in each unit over which they are responsible, the ability to discern the varying expectations and needs in each area, and the insight to balance each appropriately;
  • a thorough understanding of ADA and compliance law and the diligence to remain current on these ever-changing regulations;
  • working knowledge of crisis management, creative problem-solving skills, and the ability to determine needs, quickly and appropriately address issues, and provide mutually beneficial solutions under pressure;
  • ability to listen carefully, ask knowledgeable questions, learn the culture of TCC and the various departments under their purview, accept input from staff at all levels, make well-informed decisions, and then stand behind those decisions, even if unpopular or contrary to the majority;
  • ability to speak the language of accessibility in the daily vernacular and consistently foster a culture of disability awareness;
  • technology skills and knowledge regarding the use of IT systems, particularly related to digital accessibility, with the ability to leverage hardware, software, and social media for maximum effectiveness;
  • compassion, empathy, and high emotional intelligence;
  • demonstrated experience in managing student conduct cases to successful conclusions;
  • energy and enthusiasm for the role, passion for the work, a positive attitude, and the ability to have fun on the job, even in the face of adversity;
  • excellent and transparent communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills, with the ability to effectively reach all levels of the TCC community;
  • demonstrated vision and strategic planning abilities, particularly in the development of both short- and long-term plans around departmental and institutional priorities;
  • demonstrated skills as an advocate and champion for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility, with a willingness to stand up for these values;
  • prior experience working with the deaf community is highly desirable;
  • knowledge of and experience with assessment and other tools through which constant improvement can be obtained;
  • attention to detail in all aspects of the role;
  • approachability, accessibility to staff and students, and timely responsiveness;
  • visibility on the four campuses, engagement with the TCC student body, and confidence and expertise to serve as the “face” of the department to the College;
  • adaptability in all situations, with the flexibility to adeptly and quickly move from one “lane” to another as circumstances dictate;
  • previous experience in conflict resolution and mediation will be advantageous;
  • an understanding of workforce development and the critical role that career services play at a community college;
  • demonstrated collaboration skills with internal departments and external colleagues, with the ability to understand the importance of interconnectedness and partnerships that build trust at all levels;
  • ability to recognize the strengths of the current team members and utilize these skills for the benefit of the department and the institution; and
  • a futuristic orientation and a willingness to try new opportunities, remain informed on recent trends and best practices, and lead effective change processes.

Institution & Location

Office of the Dean of Students and Accessibility Organizational Chart

An Overview of the Division of Student Success and Equity

In collaboration with campus and community partners, the Division of Student Success and Equity supports student needs from application to graduation. It offers diverse student organizations, activities, mental health and wellness programming, and more. Whether in the classroom or out, it provides critical services that address gaps in equity and helps students excel academically, engage in transformational learning experiences, and celebrate each one on their path to success.

Leadership of the Division

Eunice Tarver, Vice President of Student Success and Equity

As an executive champion with over a decade of proven experience in delivering dynamic leadership to internal and external community constituents within higher education, Eunice Tarver is lauded as a strong, forward-thinking leader who demonstrates the ability to develop meaningful relationships and sound strategic plans to motivate individuals to work towards achieving student success.

Tarver currently leads as the Vice President of Student Success and Equity and is committed to a holistic student experience by providing oversight and direction for a wide range of student-focused initiatives and programs, including Enrollment and Retention Services, Accessibility Resources, International Student Services, Wellness, Assessment Management, and University Transfer.  This role also enables Tarver to continue her work around equity, diversity, and inclusion, ensuring the College stays focused on institutionalizing diversity as a transformative force that promotes professional growth and academic success for all students.

During her time with the College, Tarver has served as the Northeast Campus Provost and successfully led the School of Engineering, Aviation & Public Service, the TCC Owasso and Riverside Community campus locations, and the Tulsa Fire Safety Training Center.

Additionally, she has served as an adjunct professor, Interim Dean of Student Affairs, and the Director of Student Development at the Metro Campus.   Prior to joining the TCC team, Tarver served as the Site Director of the YWCA of Tulsa’s North Tulsa location. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Tulsa Area United Way Women’s United organization and serves on the Board of Directors for the Met Cares Foundation.

Keidron Dotson, Associate Vice President of Student Success

Keidron Dotson brings energy, execution, and more than ten years of higher education experience to the role of Associate Vice President of Student Success.

In his previous role, Dotson served as Senior Director for the Answer Centers, overseeing the student-facing operations for Enrollment and Financial Aid Services. He created the College’s first year-round cross-training program for registration and call center staff, streamlined student services that resulted in decreased average wait times, and oversaw the daily operations for each Student Success Center.  His other various roles at TCC have included Academic Advisor, Retention Specialist, and Director of Enrollment Services.

Before joining TCC in 2014, Dotson led the recruiting and enrollment operations for Brown Mackie College in the highly competitive for-profit higher education industry.  While at Brown Mackie, he served as Director of Admissions, managing multiple recruiting teams and overseeing outreach campaigns to maintain positive weekly enrollment goals.

In addition, Keidron is a proud husband and father of two, holding a master’s degree in higher education leadership from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Grambling State University of Louisiana.

Student Success & Equity Organizational Chart

 

Institutional Background

Until 1969 Tulsa was served by two private higher education institutions. State lawmakers addressed the lack of a public postsecondary institution for Tulsa area residents by chartering Tulsa Junior College (TJC) in April 1969. The College’s Board of Regents appointed Alfred M. Philips as TJC’s first President and Dean P. VanTrease as Executive Vice President. The first classes were held in leased space in the Sinclair Oil Building, located at 909 South Boston Avenue. This first campus, which offers nursing and allied health courses, is still known today as the Metro Campus. To assist students with disabilities, the Diagnostic and Prescriptive Learning Center (renamed the DisABLED Student Resource Center) opened on this site in 1977.

By 1976 plans were underway to build three additional campuses by 2000. As a result, the Northeast Campus, built on eighty acres at the corner of Harvard and Apache streets, opened in 1979. The Resource Center for the Hearing Impaired (now the Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and the International Language Center were constructed in 1982 and 1986. Expansion also occurred in the 1990s with the addition of classrooms for electronics and engineering instruction, a horticulture center, and the Enterprise building featuring twenty-first-century technology.

In 1981 the College acquired eighty acres near East Eighty-first and Mingo streets for the Southeast Campus. Dedicated in 1984, this third campus provides additional business and enhanced liberal arts programs. Ground-breaking ceremonies in June 1994 signaled the final component of TJC’s building plan. Stephen J. Jatras, a longtime friend of the College and former regent, donated eighty acres, and the West Campus opened in 1996 at 7505 West 41st Street.

On July 1, 1989, founding President Alfred M. Philips retired, and Dean P. VanTrease became President. In May 1996, TJC was renamed Tulsa Community College. Performing arts took on a new role at TCC in August that year, with the opening of the Tulsa Community College Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE). Recently renamed the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education, the performance hall, adjoining classrooms, and stage production laboratories house TCC’s performing arts programs and the Signature Symphony, a professional orchestra operating under college auspices.

Enrollment continued to climb from 2,796 in 1970 to 22,866 in 2003 and to 27,000 in 2021. Minority student enrollment has more than doubled since 1990. The College ranked among the top three percent of community colleges in the United States in the number of associate degrees annually. Distance learning education was offered to more than four thousand students enrolled in online and telecourse classes each semester.

Creative, innovative learning environments on every campus keep pace with rising career areas. Today, students can choose from associate degree and certificate options ranging from bioscience to tomorrow’s technology.

  • The Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity at Metro Campus is home to students engaged in journalism and broadcasting, digital and visual arts, and online learning.
  • The Center for Excellence in Energy Innovation at Northeast Campus focuses on alternative energy, with instruction in wind energy, solar energy, biodiesel fuels, electric transportation, and home energy audits.
  • The Health Sciences and Biotechnology Learning Center at Southeast Campus is the instructional center for future professionals in the biological, medical laboratory, and nursing fields.
  • The Veterinary Technology Center at West Campus acts as the learning laboratory in intensive nursing care, clinical laboratory procedures, radiology, anesthesiology, dentistry, and surgical assistance for students preparing to become Registered Veterinary Technicians.
  • The TCC Honors Program and Global Education Office offer students options to deepen their study, examine global issues, foster cross-cultural perspectives, and engage in study abroad opportunities throughout the year.

Mission Statement

Building success through education

Vision

An educated, employed, and thriving community

Beliefs and Values

  • You Belong Here — We foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that welcomes and respects everyone for who they are and who they will become.
  • Everyone Can Learn — We meet people where they are by creating a safe and supportive learning and working environment leading to success.
  • Community Is Our Middle Name — We build community, inside and out, through collaboration, service, sustainability, and social and financial responsibility.
  • Quality Education Is Affordable — We create a rigorous and engaging learning experience that provides exceptional value.
  • Excellence Is Our Culture — We live out excellence at every level by embracing change, continually improving, and persisting to reach our full potential.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

  • Communication Skills
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Responsibility

Strategic Plan

The Tulsa Community College Board of Regents approved the College’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, Building Success Through Education, in April 2020.

The Strategic Plan is a values-based plan built upon the foundation of the College’s mission, vision, beliefs, and values. It allows the College to embrace who we are, and it ensures every employee can contribute to the College’s success.

While some of the more formal Strategic Plan implementation activities have been delayed due to changes in operational priorities created by the pandemic, the framework of the Strategic Plan will continue to guide our work and decision-making. In addition, a scorecard to measure and monitor our progress is being developed, so stay tuned.

To view the details of “Building Success Through Education,” please click here:

https://www.tulsacc.edu/sites/default/files/documents/tcc_strategic_plan.pdf

Leadership

Leigh B. Goodson, President and CEO 

Leigh B. Goodson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tulsa Community College since July 2014. As President at TCC, she successfully launched and met the College’s $20 million campaign, developed Oklahoma’s first “early college high school program,” gained TCC acceptance into the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Pathways Project (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), and is a key contributing member of the Tulsa Higher Education Consortium, a collaborative partnership with local universities. In 2021, TCC won the AACC Award of Excellence in the Student Success category and the Safety and Planning category under her leadership.

Dr. Goodson earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Research and Evaluation from Oklahoma State University (OSU), a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from OSU. She is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXIII and Leadership Tulsa Class 35, and she completed an Aspen Presidential Fellowship in 2016. In 2020, The Journal Record recognized Goodson as Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO in the public category and inducted her into the Circle of Excellence for being honored three times as a “50 Making a Difference” honoree at its annual Woman of the Year event. She is an active member of her community and currently serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Tulsa Area United Way, Jobs for the Future Policy Trust, CCCSE National Advisory Board, and Tulsa Regional Chamber. She is a sought-after local and national guest speaker on various topics, including leadership development and community college student success. Goodson has invested herself and her career in education, having served previously as a university faculty member, university administrator, and school board member for Tulsa Public Schools. Her priority and passion is student success.

 The Academic Program

  • Student/Faculty Ratio 20:1
  • Full-time Faculty 280 (27 percent)
  • Part-time Faculty 739 (73 percent)
  • Full-time Staff (non-faculty) 556 (51 percent)
  • Part-time Staff (non-faculty) 542 (49 percent)
  • Associate Degree Programs 83
  • Credit-bearing Certificate Program. 38

Note: The above statistics are based on official, end-of-term data for Fall 2020.

Academic Schools:

  • Business and Information Technology
  • Health Sciences
  • Liberal Arts and Communication
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • School of Engineering, Aviation and Public Service

The Student Body

  • Annual Enrollment (credit students, 2020-21) 21,523
  • Fall Enrollment (credit students, fall 2020) 15,568
  • Full-time Status (12 or more hours) 5,030 (32 %)
  • Age 24 and Under 10,630 (68%)
  • Average Age 24
  • Female 9,975 (64%)
  • Racial/Ethnic Minority 6,742 (46%)
  • First-time Students 3,033 (19%)
  • Developmental Placement (for those with test data) 47 %
  • Tulsa Achieves 2017 Cohort 1,863
  • Tulsa Achieves All Cohorts (2007-2020) 23,623
  • Concurrent Enrollment 2,204
  • Retention Rate (full-time) 61%
  • Three-year Graduation Rate* (full-time) 22%
  • Three-year Transfer Rate* (full-time) 22%
  • Degrees Awarded (2020-21) 2,577 (91%)
  • Certificates Awarded (2020-21) 246 (9%)

*Based on first-time, degree/certificate-seeking students who entered in Fall 2017.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the above statistics are based on official, end-of-term data for Fall 2020.

About Tulsa, OK

Once considered the oil capital of the world, “T-Town” has developed into a vibrant (albeit small), modern metro area of more than 968,000 residents. Straddling the South, Southwest, and Midwest regions of the country, Tulsa is home to a distinct culture comprised of the best characteristics of each of these regions, in addition to Native American and cowboy heritage. Perhaps the most inviting aspect of Tulsa’s culture, however, is its warm and welcoming hospitality, as well as the down-to-earth attitudes of residents who are passionate about their hometown.

Many Tulsans are life-long residents, so saying that locals’ ties run deep would be an understatement. It is equally true that residents are welcoming to newcomers. Running into friends or acquaintances at the grocery store, forming lasting relationships with bartenders or baristas, and having long conversations with strangers are all the norm.

The community often comes together to celebrate its heritage and shared interests. Some of the most popular events include Oktoberfest, the Tulsa Tough annual bicycle race and affiliated Cry Baby Hill block party, several food festivals, a weekly food truck lunch, Mayfest, and the Center of the Universe music festival, to name a few.

Many people are drawn to Tulsa’s relatively low cost of living and stay because of everything else the metro area has to offer. The median home sale price sits well below the national median, and though the average income in the area is also lower than it is in other cities, Tulsa residents make enough to live comfortably.

More than a quarter of Tulsa’s population is under 20, and the metro area also has a sizable millennial population.

Many young people live downtown or in midtown neighborhoods like Cherry Street and Brookside that have apartments and smaller single-family homes available for rent. Likewise, these and other midtown neighborhoods are also popular among couples and younger families who want to be close to coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. Suburbs in places like South Tulsa are also popular among families, as are affluent midtown neighborhoods like Maple Ridge.

As you might expect from a place with more than a thousand churches, Tulsa is quite religious. More than 55 percent of the metro area identifies as religious, with the Baptist community being the most predominant.

Tulsa has some great outdoor spots of which locals routinely take advantage. More than 130 parks dot the metro area, including the popular River West Festival Park and Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. Roughly 50 miles of trails traverse the Tulsa area, providing hikers and bikers with beautiful views of the Arkansas River. The metro area is also home to more than 20 golf courses and plenty of places to team up and play soccer, rugby, and baseball.

Enjoying live music is a favorite pastime for Tulsa residents, who flock to popular venues like Cain’s Ballroom, The Brady Theater, The BOK Center arena, and Guthrie Green.

Tulsa also appeals to art enthusiasts with a collection of galleries and the expansive Philbrook Museum of Art. Meanwhile, the Deco District showcases impressive Art Deco architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other notable architects.

And finally, all of Tulsa is extremely excited about Tulsa’s riverfront park, Gathering Place, a $465 million project which has transformed nearly 100 acres of Tulsa’s iconic waterfront along the scenic Arkansas River into a dynamic, interactive park. With the largest private gift to a public park in history, Gathering Place would not exist without the generosity of families and businesses committed to continual growth in the city, providing a place for Tulsa to gather together for generations to come. For more information, visit https://www.gatheringplace.org.

For more information about Tulsa, OK, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at https://www.tulsachamber.com/.

Benefits Overview

Benefits Overview

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits

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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Tulsa Community College encourages candidates to apply who have demonstrated a capacity to create inclusive work environments, to work effectively on increasingly diverse teams, and to serve the increasingly diverse college community. The institution is committed to hiring and retaining a racially diverse, culturally competent staff at all levels of the organization who not only reflect the demographics of the TCC students, but also continue to deepen their skills and competencies to serve the full range of the TCC community.

Visit the Tulsa Community College website at http://www.tulsacc.edu/

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY Notice of Non-Discrimination: Tulsa Community College is committed to establishing an environment for its students and employees that fosters inclusion, values equity and diversity, embraces and respects the dignity of people, and provides equal educational and employment opportunity. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable discrimination law in its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid and educational programs, activities, or services.