From the Dean

DeanA Message from Dean Tarhule

In 2013, Binghamton University's then newly appointed President, Harvey Stenger, unveiled the Road Map to Premier, a strategic plan for the University that contained five strategic priorities:

1. "...engage in path-breaking graduate education, research, scholarship and creative activities that shape the world."

2. "...provide a transformative learning community that prepares students for advanced education, careers and purposeful living."

3. "...unite to foster a diverse and inclusive campus culture."

4. "...enhance the University's economic, social and cultural impact through engagement from the local to the global level."

5. "...optimize the acquisition and allocation of human, technological, financial and physical resources."

The very first strategic priority concerns graduate education and scholarship and their impact on the world. This aspiration is the guiding principle of everything we do at the Graduate School. Our goal is to prepare students for the future they will face in the 21st century as professionals, entrepreneurs or academics. Our award-winning faculty works in partnership with graduate students to co-produce new knowledge and position students for leadership in whatever they choose to do.

We do this in a variety of ways. In addition to our 60+ master's degrees and 30+ PhD programs, we continue to create new and exciting degree programs that take advantage of emerging technologies and innovative pedagogies while responding to student and employer demands. We are aggressively, but strategically, developing new partnerships and collaborative opportunities around the world to give our students maximum exposure to global perspectives and networks. Because employers increasingly demand workforce flexibility and a broader knowledge base, we make it easy for students to enroll in, and earn, two graduate degrees simultaneously, thereby significantly enhancing their career options and competitiveness. Evidence suggests a graduate degree will become the new bachelor's degree in the knowledge economy. In response, Binghamton University has created more than 50 accelerated degree programs that allow undergraduate students to seamlessly and affordably earn both an undergraduate and master's degree in five years.

As dean, I am strongly committed to the goals of internationalization, diversity and inclusivity. Slightly over 40 percent of our graduate students are international students, representing over 100 countries. At Binghamton, we are not simply satisfied that our students feel welcome; our goal is that all students know, feel and proclaim with confidence that Binghamton is where they belong. To this end, we foster acculturation for domestic and international students as we transform Binghamton into a preferred destination for international education. We help make the transition to Binghamton easy by providing transportation for new and returning graduate students from JFK to Binghamton. Our student ambassador program will pair returning graduate students with incoming graduate students to facilitate a stress-free relocation.

As above examples illustrate, the Road to Premier is the definitive creed by which we live. I invite you to look at the numerous and exciting opportunities that Binghamton University offers. Feel free to visit our scenic and serene campus or contact any of our friendly recruiters for additional information. I hope that you will join us soon, if you are not already part of this exciting community. For alumni and other friends of the university, I invite you for a return visit and request your feedback to help us improve on our march to Premier!

Aondover A. Tarhule, PhD
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School