February 24th, 2014 @ 5:54 pm by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi
I was honored to give the State of the Campus Address for 2014 to representatives of the Academic Senate and Academic Federation at the Student Community Center this afternoon. Our campus has made great progress in the past five years despite the steep cuts in state funding. If you are interested in my presentation please find it here (PDF). There are many things to be proud of and a lot to credit to our faculty, staff and students. Here are some highlights I am proud to share with you :
- In 2013-2014, 52% of our students pay no tuition; 45% of our students are Pell Grant recipients
- As of Fall 2013, 68% of our students paid less than 25K to graduate with a baccalaureate degree
- Last year, 40 faculty received top honors awards from national and international academies
- Our incoming class in Fall 2013 was the most diverse and most academically accomplished
- In 2012-2013, our research awards grew again to a new record high of $754 million and during the same time we invested $15 million in the RISE (Research Investment in Engineering and Sciences) and IFHA (Interdisciplinary Frontiers in Humanities and Arts) programs.
- In September 2013, we completed our $1 billion Comprehensive Campaign and this year we are well within reaching the goal of $160 million
- In the Fall of 2013 and as part of our 2020 initiative we started recruiting an additional 300 new faculty. By 2020, between the new faculty positions and open positions from retirements our campus will recruit and hire almost 700 new faculty
- Last year we invested $20 million in improving student advising and counseling, increasing TA positions, reducing waiting lists and improving labs
There is yet more to do to support the core mission of our university; to educate our students and create breakthrough scholarship and research. This coming year we will focus in continuing our efforts to improve the student experience, improve the campus climate, support our faculty and staff and improve our facilities as part of a well thought out capital plan.