UB is implementing a long-range strategic vision—known as UB 2020—focused on pursuing sustained academic and research excellence, building greater efficiency across campus operations, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally, as well as globally. More than six years in the making, the plan is the result of a rigorous strategic assessment driven by the faculty, staff and students of the university.
The core of the UB 2020 academic plan is to build faculty strength and increase the intellectual capacity of collaborative, cross-disciplinary faculty research teams dedicated to addressing the critical issues, ideas and challenges facing the 21st century. UB has identified eight key areas, called strategic strengths, where existing faculty expertise, together with investment in world-class new hires and resources, promise to give UB a pre-eminent leadership role for years to come.
Recognizing the key role that a vibrant, 21st-century, physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research and learning, UB is implementing a long-range plan for making its North, South and Downtown campus spaces more functional, beautiful and sustainable. In support of its ongoing pursuit of academic excellence, UB will continue to invest in creating optimal teaching and learning, research and library facilities, as well as the shared public spaces that are vital to fostering a robust campus community. The implementation of the UB 2020 plan was bolstered significantly in late June 2011 by the New York State Legislature’s passage of the pioneering NYSUNY 2020 legislation, which will provide UB with many of the tools needed to move forward with the next phase of the UB 2020 plan for academic excellence. Among these provisions, the bill authorizes predictable tuition increases, with revenues providing critical resources for transformative investments in academic programs and new faculty hires. In addition, under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, UB will receive substantial capital funding to move forward with its plans to relocate the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to the Downtown Campus, where it will be optimally positioned to collaborate with area hospitals and health sciences partners in pursuit of enhanced research excellence, improved health care for Western New York and a thriving innovation economy. These recently enacted provisions are a clear indicator of New York State’s strong support for excellence in its public higher education programs.
UB’s long-range vision calls for the university, already the largest and most comprehensive campus in SUNY, to grow through strategic investments aligned with the university’s academic strengths and priorities, and through a diversified approach to revenue generation. While the new legislative initiatives provide much needed support to the university, enhanced philanthropy and a successful campaign for UB are critical components in the requisite growth of the university’s future revenues.