Published May 15, 2014
As the semester draws to a close and commencement season
approaches, I wanted to update you on our UB 2020 progress.
Over the course of the last month, I was pleased to meet with
nearly 700 faculty and staff members from every academic unit (see
right sidebar to view video or presentation document). In
these decanal conversations, we discussed the academic vision for
UB. A key way that we will realize our aspirations is through
the two signature
initiatives that we initiated this semester – Communities
of Excellence and curricular distinction. These initiatives
will more fully take shape over the summer and next academic
of Excellence generated a high level of interest at the decanal
meetings that was matched by the tremendous response to the call
for potential ideas for Communities. I am extremely impressed
by the creative ideas presented in the 98 concept papers we
received. Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing
concepts and selecting those that will advance to the preliminary
presentation stage. If you have questions about the
Communities or the application process, I invite you to explore the
Asked Questions webpage.
There also has been a tremendous amount of interest and
discussion around the redesign of the general
education program , which is the largest component of
initiatives designed to enhance curricular distinction. The
General Education Committee, comprised of 90 faculty and staff
members and chaired by Professor Andrew Stott, dean for
undergraduate education, will complete a draft of the program plan
to share with the campus community. There will be
considerable opportunities for discussion and input into the new
general education program next academic year.
UB is gaining momentum. In my conversations with you this past month, I emphasized that our greatest asset is our existing faculty and staff who will use the opportunities we have to transform our academic and campus community. This is an exciting time in our history. I look forward to continuing to work with all of you as we create UB’s future.
Charles F. Zukoski
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Click on the video to watch Provost Zukoski’s Decanal Conversations presentation, "UB 2020: Achieving Excellence," given on April 29, 2014.