BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo Interim Provost and
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Bruce D. McCombe
today announced the launch of a new program, Finish in 4, which
pledges to provide entering UB freshmen with the academic resources
they need to graduate in four years.
To participate, students must sign a pledge that they will
adhere to program requirements.
Students who fulfill all obligations of the Finish in 4 plan,
but who are not able to graduate within four years, will be given
the opportunity to complete the UB courses required for their
degree free of any tuition and comprehensive fee charges.
If students are unable to adhere to their Finish in 4
requirements, UB will continue to work with them to develop an
appropriate plan to graduate.
"At UB we have made a commitment to creating a robust,
academically rigorous and supportive educational environment," said
UB President Satish K. Tripathi. "Our goal is to provide our
students with a transformative education -- through unique
undergraduate research experiences, undergraduate academies,
interdisciplinary freshman seminars and innovative living/learning
"UB's Finish in Four initiative builds on that overarching
effort by providing our undergraduates with the faculty resources
and academic support they need to thrive academically -- and to
graduate in a timely way."
Finish in 4 will be offered to freshmen at UB in the fall of
2012. All undergraduate majors are eligible, except double degrees
and those that include a graduate or advanced professional
component such as doctor of physical therapy, doctor of pharmacy,
occupational therapy or other combined degrees.
"Finish in 4 is our commitment to students and their parents to
do all that we can to help students achieve this important goal,"
said McCombe. "It also is vitally important that students
understand their obligations to earn an undergraduate degree in
four years, so they can move on to employment or graduate
A. Scott Weber, UB vice provost of undergraduate education,
said, "Every UB student arrives expecting to have an exceptional
educational experience. We want to partner with our students so
that they have a road map that provides this enriched experience
and enables them to finish their bachelor's degree in four years as
efficiently and economically as possible."
While nearly all of UB's undergraduate majors can be completed
in four years, most students in the U.S. take longer, sometimes as
long as six years, to receive their degrees. Finish in 4 will
provide students with clear information and guidance on exactly
what it takes to complete their degree within the traditional
Under Finish in 4, UB is committed to offering required courses
to students in the term designated in the plan they developed with
their advisors. If a seat in a required class is unavailable, the
university will provide the student with assistance to register in
the required class, or find alternates.
UB students who sign the Finish in Four pledge will be given a
roadmap of what courses to take and when, and what grades and other
requirements must be met. UB will also provide regular academic,
career and financial advisement to enable students to complete
their degrees on time.
In turn, students must fulfill their requirements pertaining to
academic advisement, course registration and grades. Regular and
clear progress reports will be provided to students showing whether
they are on track to graduate.
"The UB Faculty Senate is enthusiastic about the Finish in 4
program," said Ezra Zubrow, chair of UB's Faculty Senate. "The
Executive Committee passed a resolution expressing its overwhelming
support for Finish in 4, which provides students with a plan that
enables them to complete their undergraduate degrees in a timely,
predictable and economical fashion. It provides a true comparative
UB's new Finish in 4 initiatives complements SUNY Chancellor
Nancy Zimpher's call for improving graduation rates across the SUNY
system and with President Obama's imperative to control the cost of
a college degree.
A full description of the program is available on UB's
undergraduate advising website at http://advising.buffalo.edu/fif.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.