Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma (OU) is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation. The University accomplishes this through fulfilling the mission of providing the best possible educational experience for their students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society. The University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., was established on December 1, 1944, to offer private donors a reliable, efficient and profitable means to invest their philanthropic dollars in the future of the University of Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma has been involved in the Tulsa community since the School of Library and Information Studies began offering classes in Tulsa in 1957. The OU College of Medicine Ñ Tulsa, now known as the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, had its beginning in 1972, when the Oklahoma legislature approved the opening of a clinical branch of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Neither the university nor the community could have imagined then how greatly that presence would expand, nor how in a little more than 30 years OU-Tulsa would be recognized nationally as a leading example of a new kind of community-based graduate institution. Enrollment has grown 57 percent since the fall of 2000, with more than 1,600 students enrolled at OU-Tulsa. Furthermore, many of their OU-Tulsa degree programs place heavy emphasis on community engagement Ñ in fact, some of them were created with community needs in mind.