Strategic Plan Implementation Update

In the nearly six months since the Chancellor’s Strategic Plan Convocation, the Rutgers University-Newark community already has accomplished a great deal, which prompts this update. Before I tell you about that, I want to acknowledge and thank the many people, students, staff and faculty, who have given so much of their time and effort to moving our strategic priorities forward; particularly the chairs and members of the four study groups and the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) committee.

All action items noted in the Strategic Plan are moving forward on schedule, including the capital development projects—15 Washington, Express Newark (our project in the Hahne’s building) and Life Sciences II, the deans’ strategic initiatives plans, the seed grant program, the four study group recommendations documents, and the HLLC.

As we begin to achieve our goals, I wanted to highlight some amazing activities.

The Newark City of Learning Collaborative, a city-wide collaborative that seeks to increase college attainment for Newark residents from 17% to 25% by 2025 officially launched its initiative earlier this year. You will see and hear a lot more about the NCLC over the next few months and years. Take a look at New Jersey Arts News video

The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience has been renamed in honor of Clement Alexander Price, its founder and director. Reflecting recognition of his scholarship and his love of this great city of Newark, over $5 million has been donated to date to support Dr. Price’s legacy. See the news story about this event AND watch the Emmy-winning television show Due Process tribute to Dr. Price

The Hahne’s Building located between Halsey and Broad, right in our backyard, will be the location of the new Express Newark, an arts and culture collaboratory, offering spaces for the community and university to come together. As you can see, the construction is moving along nicely and we expect to be able to occupy this historic space in 2016.

The Newest Americans, spearheaded by Tim Raphael, director of the Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC), a Rutgers University–Newark initiative that focuses on immigrant experiences in New Jersey with Newark as the hub where these different stories converge kicked off in the fall of 2014. The first video is can be seen now on the National Geographic website

UndocuRutgers, a college fair for undocumented immigrants was held at Rutgers University-Newark on February 14, 2015. This first-time event was filled to capacity by potential students and their parents seeking information on how to access college opportunities. See the PIX 11news report.

Stay tuned! We will be announcing University gatherings for a full update on the strategic plan in the near future.