President Herbst Looks to Future of University

In a letter to the UConn community, President Herbst shares a video of her recent 'Conversation on the Future of UConn.' ()

To the UConn Community,

I recently participated in an annual event titled “A Conversation on the Future of UConn” held in the newly opened Next Generation Connecticut Residence Hall here on the Storrs campus. It was a wide-ranging discussion with members of our community about where we are now as a university and where we want to go in the years ahead.

The discussion was recorded so that it could be shared with the entire UConn community.

Those in attendance included students, faculty, and staff from Storrs, the regional campuses, the School of Law, and UConn Health; the students were both undergrads and graduate students. Some of our alumni also joined us.

They collectively represent what we have come to call “UConn Nation” – meaning the diverse and far-reaching membership of our whole community, which exists not only on our campuses, but throughout the state, the nation, and the world.

The video, found here, captures many of the critical questions, which focused primarily on how to continue to grow UConn’s academic strength in an era of uncertain financial resources; our efforts to ensure diversity throughout our community; the opening of our new Hartford campus next year; UConn as an economic driver for the state; U.S. News rankings; and raising funds to support scholarships, among other subjects.

You’ll find the overarching theme was building and maintaining excellence at the University, and ensuring that we are carrying out our mission as best we can on behalf of Connecticut – and every member of UConn Nation.

I hope you are able to find the time to watch the video.

My thanks to all those who participated in the discussion.

Susan Herbst
University President