The State of the University 2019

Proving Resilience: Leadership in Action
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

President Sharon L. GaberIf this were a normal day in early April, our campuses would be buzzing with activity. Instead, we've made necessary changes to our way of life to ensure the health and safety of our community. Especially in this time of uncertainty, I felt it was critical to continue the tradition of providing an annual State of the University address — just in a different, digital format as advised by our public health experts.

Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D.
President, The University of Toledo


These are challenging times as we — and everyone across the country and the world — respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Raising Expectations video clip


Because of the strong leaders on our campus, our national reputation continues to grow. UToledo now has 20 academic programs — including undergraduate, graduate, online and professional programs — that are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We have doubled our Strategic Plan goal and quadrupled our nationally ranked programs since 2016!

Powering Success video clip


We remain committed to student success. Following fall 2019 commencement, our six-year graduation rate improved to a record high of 51.7% — up more than 10% since 2015 and meeting our strategic plan goal three years early! And our first-to-second year retention rate for undergraduate students was 76.4% this school year, the highest rate on record in the last 20 years!

Advancing Research video clip


Our researchers are leaders in their fields — facing the world's most urgent problems head-on, with a cross-disciplinary approach and innovative solutions. In just the first six months of this year, we received $32.2 million in competitive research awards, an increase of nearly 24% over this time last year.

Building Community video clip


During this coronavirus outbreak, our faculty have served as community leaders, sharing their knowledge with our local and national media outlets – from our infectious disease experts helping us to prevent exposure, to mental health leaders providing tips to better cope with this challenging situation, to business faculty offering leadership advice in times of crisis.

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Last Updated: 10/7/20