Overview of Challenges
The University at Albany, founded as normal school in 1844, is the oldest state-chartered public institution of higher education in New York. From its first mission of teacher training, it has developed into a nationally recognized research university and is one of four University Centers of the State University of New York. Over the past decade the institution has made considerable progress in addressing the following major challenges: (1) to develop the University's reputation as a leading graduate and research university, with emphasis on increased external funding, programmatic enhancement, organizational development, and facilities expansion and renovation; (2) to become one of New York State's most selective undergraduate institutions, focusing on aggressive recruitment and retention initiatives; and (3) to place renewed emphasis on building strong relationships with the larger community.
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