Local State University Seeks Global Conquest
by Buck Quigley - posted 12:27 pm, October 8, 2012
Here’s one for Columbus Day…
Tearing a page from the Archer Daniels Midland Company, the State University of New York at Buffalo is moving closer to becoming the State University to the World, according to this report in the Buffalo News. Seems the SUNY school has been ranked 198th by Times Higher Education World. It apparently did not place among the same publication’s Reputation Rankings.
According to the News story:
“Moving into the top 200 will enhance UB’s already strong reputation overseas and help us attract outstanding students from around the world,” said Stephen C. Dunnett, a UB professor and vice provost for international education. In the United States, UB consistently places in the top 20 universities in the country for international student enrollment.
Which is quite an accomplishment, considering it’s a goal that is nowhere mentioned in the State University of New York’s mission statement.
The mission of the state university system shall be to provide to the people of New York educational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population in a complete range of academic, professional and vocational postsecondary programs including such additional activities in pursuit of these objectives as are necessary or customary. These services and activities shall be offered through a geographically distributed comprehensive system of diverse campuses which shall have differentiated and designated missions designed to provide a comprehensive program of higher education, to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students and to address local, regional and state needs and goals. In fulfilling this mission, the state university shall exercise care to develop and maintain a balance of its human and physical resources that:
—recognizes the fundamental role of its responsibilities in undergraduate education and provides a full range of graduate and professional education that reflects the opportunity for individual choice and the needs of society;
—establishes tuition which most effectively promotes the university’s access goals;
—encourages and facilitates basic and applied research for the purpose of the creation and dissemination of knowledge vital for continued human, scientific, technological and economic advancement;
—strengthens its educational and research programs in the health sciences through the provision of high quality general comprehensive and specialty health care, broadly accessible at reasonable cost, in its hospitals, clinics and related programs and through networks and joint and cooperative relationships with other health care providers and institutions, including those on a regional basis;
—shares the expertise of the state university with the business, agricultural, governmental, labor and nonprofit sectors of the state through a program of public service for the purpose of enhancing the well-being of the people of the state of New York and in protecting our environmental and marine resources;
—encourage, support and participate through facility planning and projects, personnel policies and programs with local governments, school districts, businesses and civic sectors of host communities regarding the health of local economies and quality of life;
—promotes appropriate program articulation between its state-operated institutions and its community colleges as well as encourages regional networks and cooperative relationships with other educational and cultural institutions for the purpose of better fulfilling its mission of education, research and service.
(NYS Education Law, Section 351)
But hey, New York ain’t called the Empire State for nothin’, you know what I’m sayin’?