This year was one of tremendous growth in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We celebrated national recognition, we welcomed new faculty and students, and we opened a new campus. While we faced continued budget cuts, we persisted in our research excellence and inspiring student success.
Our University rose to an all-time high of No. 18 among U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Research Institutions in 2017. This rise from 38 in 2000 reflects the University’s strides in retention and graduation rates, reputation, and support from donors. It places our University in the top 5 percent of all colleges nationwide.
In CLAS, we hired 29 new tenure-track faculty across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An impressive 84 percent of our recent graduates reported positive employment outcomes six months post-graduation. Our students graduated in an average of 4.2 years, the third-fastest among U.S. public institutions.
The beautiful new UConn Hartford campus opened to a warm reception from the city. CLAS programs in public policy and urban and community studies use the downtown space to train exceptional public servants.
Our progress is especially notable since it occurred while state appropriations to UConn continued to decline. The College suffered difficult budget cuts, leading to decreases in funding for our 24 departments and eight interdisciplinary centers and institutes.
Despite budget setbacks, we sustained an impressive $40 million research program. Among the many faculty who earned national accolades was Micki McElya, director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, whose book, The Politics of Mourning, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
As you read this volume, I hope you’ll be inspired to visit us in Storrs in 2018. Our faculty, students, and staff—as well as myself—would love to thank you in person for your support.
Davita Silfen Glasberg
Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
and Professor of Sociology