Dan Miner filed the following report for Buffalo Business First (The University of Buffalo is a member of The Business Council):
The University at Buffalo was named one of the nation’s 75 “Best Values” among public colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review’s recently released annual survey.
No other Western New York colleges were named in the Princeton Review’s lists, which also includes 75 “Best Values” among private colleges and universities.
Binghamton University, also part of the State University of New York system, ranked as the eighth-best public college investment in the entire country, ahead of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Georgia. Institutions outside of the top ten were not ranked.
UB was cited by Princeton Review for its “stellar academics and for all it is doing to make college affordable, especially for applicants with need in these tough economic times,” according to a UB news release. The university was specifically praised for its emphasis on research, the accessibility of its facilities and its targeted scholarships.
The “Best Value Colleges” list is based on data from surveys of school administrators and student opinion surveys.
UB 2020 progressing
Dan Miner, reporter for Buffalo Business First, posted the following story on plans for the future of the University of Buffalo, a long-time members of The Business Council:
What might be called “The January Sessions” regarding an updated UB 2020 plan came and went on Jan. 23 and 24, with UB Provost Charles Zukoski addressing the university community and asking for feedback.
What’s at stake? The future of UB.
Read UB Reporter coverage of the sessions here. The Reporter is produced by UB communications staff.
Years of work went into the 2020 plans before state budget crises forced massive cuts in higher education, effectively cutting the legs out of the ambitious plan. But with an annual plan to raise tuition and stabilized financial situation, the 2020 plans are back on.
Read a recent Business First article on the endeavor here.
But the plan will be a new one, with the general focus: finding ways to make UB a more prestigious place, with more effective academic programs. The specific initiative and areas of focus are still in development.
A few chronological notes from the Reporter story:
• The public comment period will close in February.
• Draft outlines on how to implement the plans come out a short time later and be available until mid-March.
• A final statement of institutional direction is expected by mid-March.
Dan Miner is Business First’s enterprise reporter. He also covers education and public companies.