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Letter: UB continues to invest in academic excellence

UB continues to invest in academic excellence

A Nov. 28 article about “the price of pursuing athletic glory” at the University at Buffalo conveyed the mistaken impression that UB’s investment in athletics comes at the expense of investment in academics.

In fact, substantial investments are being made in academic programs across the university to enhance offerings and recognize shifts in student interests. This requires ongoing faculty and staff hiring. In this year alone, UB hired more than 90 new faculty members, and 30 – the largest share -- of those are in UB’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Through NY SUNY 2020, UB continues to invest in access, in better ways to educate, in research and in providing unique experiences for our students and our community. Over the past four academic years, UB provided $35.4 million in institutional aid to nearly 29,000 students with financial need. Through our Finish in 4 program that ensures on-time graduation for our students and our new UB Curriculum, UB invests in educational innovations. As a result, UB’s four-year graduation rate has increased substantially.

Through our Communities of Excellence we invest in UB’s capacity to address the world’s most challenging societal issues. UB’s investments in clinical care keep the community healthy while our new building for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences enables innovative education of health professionals.

Our academic programs across the disciplines, our many cultural events like the Distinguished Speaker Series and our Division I athletics offer our students transformational experiences that prepare them to make an impact in their chosen career paths and on the world. As a result, UB graduates are sought by top employers around the globe.

We are proud of our athletics in the same way that we are proud of our programs in science, in the arts, in the humanities, in education, in management, in law, in social sciences, in engineering and in the health sciences. We seek to excel and, in doing so, attract extraordinary talent to Western New York, advance the economy and build a vibrant community. Always we remain focused on our mission of achieving academic excellence.

Charles F. Zukoski

Provost

University at Buffalo