Armstrong said in a speech Friday that his vision will be governed by "guiding principles and our ability to maintain excellence as our standard."
Speaking at the
Key goals for 2022, mentioned in his speech and in an accompanying outline posted on the university's website, included:
--Housing all first- and second-year students on campus (currently 98 percent of freshmen and 61 percent of sophomores live on campus).
--Boosting the four-year graduation rate from 40 percent to 75 percent and the five-year rate from 68 to 90 percent.
--Increasing the number of minority students on campus to better reflect
--Increasing salaries, professional development, and access to more affordable housing for faculty and staff
Many of the benchmarks he presented, however, didn't come with specifics, including how the university will boost its graduation rates and why the current numbers are well below the target.
Also, it's unclear specifically how the
"I would say generally that the funding from the campaign would play a critical role in enhancing the excellence of
Armstrong announced an
The center is planned for the middle of campus, where a decades-old Building 52 science building was partially demolished to make way for the new
"I will also add, and I can't get into detail, but that will not be the only building we build in the footprint of Building 52," Armstrong said.
Armstrong also said partnerships with the business, the
The university will continue to court companies to set up shop on campus and pursue innovative research.
As part of the university's goal to house all freshmen and sophomores on campus, a new dormitory complex is proposed for the intersection of
Armstrong said the site was the most cost effective and best location to serve students.
As part of his vow to foster partnerships, Armstrong pledged to hold annual meetings with the city of
The pledge comes after 28 past mayors and council members sent a letter to the city and
"We have to continue to leverage and partner with others," Armstrong said. ". ... I want to reinforce that we're wholly committed to strengthening our partnerships with the city, its residents, our neighbors, and the broad community. To increase collaboration, we pledge to meet with the city (of
Questions from the audience included how the university might best maintain small class sizes and personal interaction between faculty and students as
"We have to focus on increasing graduation rates, we have to be governed by our guiding, foundational principles," Armstrong responded. "That's why frankly, we told a lot more students 'no' this year than we did last year because we we're looking at this."
Armstrong said the university, which has been recovering from losses in state funding over the past few years, plans to add more faculty. A new, computer-based course planning tool also helps students map out their graduation track and the university to monitor progress.
Another question touched on whether
"It's my goal that we stay on quarters," Armstrong said. "...We spent time looking at it and said, 'Sure, semesters might be good in some circumstances' but not for
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