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SEPTEMBER 2011 EDITION

University Fest

Binghamton University receives accolades for quality, value

With the start of the new academic year, Binghamton University is once again receiving accolades for its educational quality and value. Many of the nation's leading publications have highlighted the University in their annual college rankings and guidebooks.

Earlier this summer, the Princeton Review released its "Best 376 Colleges" guide, ranking Binghamton University on its 50 top public universities list. In addition, Binghamton was also included in the Princeton Review's listing of most popular undergraduate majors, cornering a spot on the "Great School for Computer Science/Computer Engineering Majors" line-up.

The Princeton Review also names Binghamton University among its  review of "Best in the Northeast" colleges. Selection criteria cover more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.

Similarly, the 2011 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges calls the University one of the "premier public universities in the Northeast," adding that Binghamton "offers an environment that's intellectually challenging, but manageable – and fun." Fiske also highlighted Binghamton's four-year graduation rates, noting that they are "among the highest of any public university." The highly selective guidebook includes more than 300 colleges and universities from 2,200-plus four-year institutions surveyed in the United States. The listing was based on questionnaires sent to administrators and students.

Also out this summer are the Forbes rankings, which put Binghamton University at 37th on its list of best buys and 196 in the nation. To compile its rankings, Forbes reviews factors such as student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt and graduation rates. Focusing on the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions, the rankings are prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington, D.C., think tank.

Binghamton University was also recognized in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education's "Top 100 Degree Producers" rankings of the institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students, appearing on both undergraduate and graduated listings. The rankings highlight the total number of degrees awarded to minority students across all disciplines as well as in specific disciplines.

In addition, Binghamton University has been recognized for its commitment to the environment and sustainability, with the Sierra Club once again placing Binghamton among its "America's Coolest Schools" listing, which ranks efforts in categories such as energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation and waste management. Similarly Binghamton University was again featured prominently on the Princeton Review's "green honor roll" for campus environmental policies, practices and academic offerings.

For more see:
The Princeton Review
The Fiske Guide
Forbes
Diverse Issues in Higher Education

The Sierra Club

Advocacy News

Regional Economic Development Council
The University Downtown Center hosted a public forum to discuss ideas for economic development on Thursday, September 1.  This was the first public meeting of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, formed as part of Governor Cuomo's plan to create Regional Economic Councils that will compete for up to $1 billion in state support, grants and tax credits to promote job creation and investment in New York state business and industry.  Binghamton University is playing a significant role in the process, with University President C. Peter Magrath serving on the committee and other University employees active in the eight working groups that address specific economic areas, such as tourism and technology transfer.

For more information:
Southern Tier Economic Development Council
Press & Sun Bulletin Article

University News and Accomplishments

Students return
Two weeks ago Binghamton University welcomed approximately 4,300 new freshmen, transfer and graduate students to campus.  The class of 2015 is one of the University's most academically accomplished incoming classes, with an average GPA of 94 and an SAT score of 1931 in math, verbal and writing.  Combined, their SAT scores are more than 420 points above the national average.  With a total enrollment of over 15,000, Binghamton attracts students from throughout New York state and around the globe.  This year's students were selected from more than 32,600 applications, making the University the most selective in SUNY.

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Presidential Search update
The search for Binghamton University's next president continues to move forward with several candidates having been interviewed off campus.  When asked about the status of the search, Binghamton University Council Chair Kate Madigan and Council Member James Orband, who are co-chairing the search committee, indicated, "We are very pleased about the outstanding quailty and diversity of the candidates we are considering."  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's office notes that "the University Council is in regular communication with the Chancellor's Office regarding the process of the Search, and, in keeping with confidentiality requirements, the Chancellor has been informed about the overall quality and diversity of the candidate pool and shares the search committee's enthusiasm."

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Construction update
The Binghamton University campus continues to grow this fall, with numerous construction projects that will add new residential, research and academic space, as well as beautification and critical maintenance work.  The work is part of a five-year, $550 million capital plan funded through state-authorized bonds.  Among the major projects are ongoing construction of new residence halls in the Newing and Dickinson communities, valued at more than $350 million, completion of the $66 million Science V Building, and the start of the $66 million Engineering and Science Building.

For more information:
Press & Sun Bulletin Article
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New collegiate center
The fall semester kicked off with the opening of the Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center.  The social center of the new East Campus residential facilities, the collegiate center serves students residing in both Newing and Dickinson communities.  With academic resources for tutoring, meeting rooms for student groups and dining facilities for more than 400 students, "C4" is an attractive and functional addition to the campus.

Read more and see a video overview:
Residential Life Video
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Research

IBM recognizes Binghamton faculty members
Two Binghamton University faculty members are recipients of the IBM Faculty Prize in recognition of their innovative and collaborative research.
Scott Craver, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Nagen Nagarur, chair and associate professor of systems science and industrial engineering, were honored at a ceremony Aug. 22.  The event, held in the Anderson Center President's Reception Room also highlighted the longtime partnership between IBM and the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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Public administration expert tracks 9/11 nonprofits
More than 250 new nonprofit groups developed after the 9/11 attacks and generated nearly $700 million in the first two years of operation.  In exploring why so many nonprofits sprang up after the disaster, and how they performed once established, Binghamton University researcher David Campbell offers key lessons that may help in future crises and in improved coordination between new and existing relief agencies.

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Diane H. Greiwe

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IN THIS ISSUE:

ADVOCACY
NEWS

Regional Economic Development Council

UNIVERSITY
NEWS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students return

Presidential search update

Construction update

New Collegiate Center

RESEARCH

IBM Recognizes Binghamton Faculty Members

Public administration expert tracks 9/11 nonprofits