As the Yale campus switches gears for the summer—and before we rush headlong into planning for the new academic year—I invite you to join me in looking back at 2014-15. What follows is an entirely un-mathematical look at “the year in numbers”!
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- Marking ten decades of athletic accomplishments and boola-boola pride, the Yale Bowl turned 100 in September.
- Last year, we made nine commitments to the White House to increase college opportunity for low-income students; we have now met or exceeded our goals for each. And this May, nine months into Access Yale, we reached the halfway mark toward our $200 million target for scholarships across all of Yale’s schools.
- In October, eight members of our faculty, including three deans and other university leaders, took part in the opening conference for the new Yale Center Beijing
- Seven separate campus programs—focused on writing, teaching, tutoring, and the use of technology in the classroom—are now part of a unified Center for Teaching and Learning.
- As the new academic year began, we launched six new initiatives to advance the university’s commitment to sustainability. You can follow our progress online.
- Just five years from now, Yale will have a spectacular new campus destination for student life, education, cultural programs, and more: the Schwarzman Center, announced in May.
- We had four Rhodes Scholars—plus six Marshall, four Gates Cambridge, two Truman, and one Udall—a banner year for prestigious academic fellowships.
- Three faculty members (and one soon-to-be!) became members of the National Academy of Sciences, while seven were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
- The two new residential colleges are looking more like buildings every day, as evidenced by the daily webcam updates taken from just across the street.
- Yale came together as one community in October for its first annual Founders Day, a celebration of the university’s 313th birthday.
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I look forward to celebrating birthday number 314 with you, and to the many new milestones we will share together in twelve months ahead. In the meantime, I thank you all—alumni, community members, faculty, staff, and students—for everything you did to make 2014-15 a great year for Yale. Have a wonderful and well-deserved summer!