In the summer of 2013, Provost Zukoski launched seven task forces to develop recommendations for priorities, cost, timelines, and implementation strategies related to Realizing UB 2020 goals and initiatives. Each of these task forces included members representing perspectives from across the university, and each was tasked with a charge and specific deliverables. In December 2013, the task forces submitted their final reports, which contain many thoughtful and exciting recommendations. For more information about the task forces and to read their full reports, see the Realizing UB 2020 webpage.
From their recommendations, we have identified two signature UB 2020 initiatives, which will define the future direction of UB research and education:
Curricular distinction at UB will encompass a new general education program, experiential learning, interprofessional education, and significant international experiences. We will also explore an expansion of our Undergraduate Academies. The new general education program will be at the forefront of this initiative with focus on high impact practices and our UB 2020 themes – humanity, justice, environment, innovation, and health.
Communities will address areas of human/social/global concern
that require thought leadership and significant attention from
multiple disciplines. The issues selected and/or
approaches to solving them will be derived from and linked to UB
themes of humanity, justice, environment, innovation and