UR's recent accomplishments highlighted by President Joel Seligman in annual address

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman highlighted some of the successes achieved by UR in recent years as well as priority areas in the future during a Garden Party Address on Monday.

"We are completing one of our most spectacular years in our history," Seligman said Seligman to an audience of UR administrators, alumni and other guests at the Memorial Art Gallery.

The successes and benchmarks highlighted include:

  • Raising $1.373 billion in the biggest fundraising campaign in UR history. The money raised resulted in 406 new endowed scholarships and 103 endowed professorships, deanships and directorships. 
  • UR's annual budget of $4 billion is more than double the $1.6 billion budget in 2004. 
  • 75 percent of UR's revenue is from hospital and patient care.
  • Since the fundraising campaign began in 2005, UR has completed or initiated 28 new building projects, with a budget of $891 million.
  • Opening such new buildings as the 90,000-square-foot Imaging Sciences Building, which houses a neuromedicine and behavioral health center for pediatric patients and autism clinic.
  • Signs of success at East High School, which UR is overseeing in collaboration with the Rochester City School District, include a passing rate for first-time ninth-graders of 80.2 percent, compared with 48.8 percent before UR's partnership with East.
  • UR's planned use of the College Town property, formerly leased by Constantino’s Market, to expand outpatient services.  And a new College Town tenant — not yet announced — for space vacated by Corner Bakery.  
  • The 29,473 full- and part-time employees at the end of 2016 marked an increase of 1,883 employees over a year earlier and 5,988 more than five years before.
  • UR's enrollment reached about 11,200, compared with about 8,300 in 2004.
  • Faculty has grown from 2,009 in 2004 to 2,662.
  • The average SAT scores for the coming school year's entering class is expected to exceed 1400 in two-score SAT.
  • UR’s School of Medicine and Dentistry was flooded with about 6,200 applications for its M.D. program —admitting only 4.2 percent.
  • New faculty members at the Eastman School of Music for the next school year include six-time Emmy Award winning composer Mark Watters to direct the Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media.
  • Scientific advances include UR researchers developing simulation models of organs with the help of a 3-D printer, enabling surgeons to practice difficult operations. 
  • UR’s squash team was ranked No. 1 by the College Squash Association -—prompting Seligman to say that the college has become an athletic powerhouse.
  • UR’s priority areas in the years ahead, said Seligman, are data science, neuroscience, humanities and the performing arts, and the community.  

"In recent years, our bonds have strengthened," said Seligman about UR's connection to the community.

He called UR's clinical health care system the university's most important community service and noted that UR now consists of a five-hospital system as well as Accountable Health Partners with 1,954 providers, five urgent care centers and three ambulatory care centers.

Describing universities as perpetual institutions that will be valued over time, Seligman said: "We are now 167 years young. We will be here 167 years from now."

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