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Welcome from the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost 

Provost Donald G. NiemanDonald G. Nieman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Binghamton University is committed to transforming lives and changing the world.

We transform lives by offering entrée to academic excellence to students irrespective of means or family background. Almost 30% of our undergraduates are students of color, 28% are eligible for Pell grants, and international students make up 16% of our student body. We not only offer access to highly ranked academic programs and world-class faculty but to talented, curious, high achieving peers. In 2017, we had over 33,000 freshman applications, and the SAT average of the class of 2021 was among the top ten among public universities. Not surprisingly, U.S. News has ranked us among the top fifty public universities for the past 18 years, and we are always featured in the New York Times' "Colleges that Do the Most for the American Dream" (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/25/sunday-review/opinion-pell-table.html)

We continue to find new ways to offer students a life-changing experience. Since 2011, we have hired over 250 tenured and tenure track faculty, growing that group far faster than our student population, decreasing our student-faculty ratio, and offering students access to a wider ranger of faculty expertise. We have also created new programs that open new avenues for Binghamton students. These include our Freshman Research Immersion (https://binghamton.edu/freshman-research-immersion/), our Summer Artists and Scholars Program (https://www.binghamton.edu/undergraduate-research-center/get-involved/funding-your-research/summer-scholars-and-artists-program/), a unique masters degree in health systems, a School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that matriculated its first class this year (https://www.binghamton.edu/pharmacy-and-pharmaceutical-sciences/), and many more.

Our alumni are a testament to Binghamton University's ability to transform lives. Many who grew up in families of modest means found Binghamton a place that challenged them, offered them a world-class education, and launched them into successful careers. As a result, Binghamton alumni are leaders in law, medicine, technology, finance, academia, government, the arts, and the non-profit world.

Binghamton also changes the world. Alumni like Aaron Mair, president of the Sierra Club; Owen Pell, a partner at White & Case, LLC and chair of the board of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation; and Yasmin Hurd, a professor at Mount Sinai Scool of Medicine and leading addiction researcher, are doing it every day, as are thousands of their peers.

Binghamton faculty also change the world through teaching and mentoring our students as well as through their path-breaking research, whether it's developing biomedical sensors or algorithms that use tweets to predict behavior, creating the next generation battery or a radioactive bandage, discovering ways to make data centers more energy efficient or to personalize drug delivery, or helping us understand how to predict and prevent mass atrocities or how gender has shaped and continues to shape our culture and politics.

Binghamton's strength in research is rooted in our willingness to be different. In an academic world too often constrained by disciplines and departments, we have long been committed to interdisciplinary experimentation. From our renowned Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities to our Center for Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging and Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center, Bingahmton faculty have collaborated with colleagues from different departments and schools—as well as from other universities—to produce pathbreaking research. Building on this rich history, we recently established five Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence (http://www.binghamton.edu/tae/) that bring faculty together from a wide variety of disciplines to explore such critical issues as energy, health science, citizenship and human rights, sustainability, and material and visual culture. This bold approach has been so successful that we are in the process of creating a sixth Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (http://www.binghamton.edu/inside/index.php/inside/story/requests-for-proposals-for-sixth-transdisciplinary-area-of-excellence).

We haven't achieved excellence by accident. Since our inception more than 70 years ago, we have planned carefully, remained true to our plans, and linked planning and budgeting. Under the leadership of President Harvey Stenger, we developed our Road Map Strategic Plan in 2012 through a process that involved widespread participation. The Road Map has guided resource allocation, allowed us to develop innovative programs such as our new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and facilitated growth with quality. Through our Road Map Renewal process, a group of over 200 faculty, staff, students, and alumni identified four areas—data science, presidential diversity doctoral fellowships, expansion of our health sciences core, and new college of nursing and health sciences—as areas for investment in the coming years (https://www.binghamton.edu/president/road-map/index.html).

I invite you to explore the Academic Affairs web site. There, you will find a wealth of information on the programs and people that make Binghamton University a place that transforms lives and changes the world.

Last Updated: 1/29/18