The launch of New Jersey’s largest academic health system, increased access and opportunities for students and the rise of new state-of-the-art learning and research spaces are among major accomplishments at Rutgers University, President Robert Barchi said Wednesday as he delivered a five-year report on the University Strategic Plan to the Rutgers board of governors.
Looking back since his arrival at Rutgers in 2012, Barchi shared some of the most significant advances at the university, including more than doubling externally endowed professorships; more than $2.5 billion in new construction, including facilities for chemistry, nursing, engineering, life sciences and state-of-the-art laboratories; launching online services to simplify student transactions and planning; creating Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and launching an academic health partnership with RWJBarnabas Health; setting fundraising records three years in a row, with Rutgers donors projected to give more than $240 million in 2019, while the university’s endowment grew at an average of 9.2 percent per year since 2013; modernizing financial management, business and email systems across the university.
“Through the efforts of our entire community, we have made tremendous progress at Rutgers in the past five years,” Barchi said. “The university is in an excellent position to meet the challenges and opportunities of the next decade and beyond.”
Virtually all of these initiatives flow directly from the university’s strategic plan, which aimed to increase Rutgers’ nationwide prominence as a leading public university, its pre-eminence in research, excellence in teaching and commitments to local, state and national communities.
“Five years after the launch of the strategic plan, Rutgers is a much stronger university,” Rutgers’ board of governors outgoing Chair Sandy Stewart said. “As one of the most innovative universities in the nation, Rutgers will continue to attract world-class faculty, outstanding students and the best staff.”