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 year.
The Communities 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 Frequently 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