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Major Initiatives of Robert Barchi’s Presidency

Shortly after becoming president, Dr. Barchi led the communitywide creation of a five-year strategic plan to put Rutgers on a path to become a leading public research university. Building on the plan, he championed initiatives  positioning the 250-year-old institution as a 21st-century academic powerhouse. Here are some of the major initiatives the university pursued during his presidency.


  • two students studying in the Alexander LibraryEstablished and built the Rutgers New Brunswick Honors College to attract the highest-achieving students from New Jersey and beyond.
  • Developing student-friendly online and one-stop locations for course registration, financial aid, student accounting, and other essential student services.
  • Redesigned class schedules, bus routes, and housing assignments to ease overcrowding and reduce student travel at Rutgers–New Brunswick.
  • Modernized academic advising across Rutgers to keep all students on course toward a timely degree.
  • Installed cutting-edge “telepresence” classrooms at Busch, Cook, and Camden, equipped with synchronous-learning technology that allows students at different campuses to take the same course together without traveling to a single location.


  • Students and a professor in the classroomMore than doubled the number of endowed professorships at Rutgers.
  • Charged committees to recommend changes to the university’s academic organization and deepen the use of educational technology to become a model for 21st-century higher education.
  • Dedicated $10 million to bolster Rutgers’ outstanding humanities programs and $40 million to further diversify the faculty.
  • Installed one of the country’s 10 most powerful university research computers, more than doubling Rutgers’ computing power, to enhance a research portfolio ranked among the top 25 in the United States.


  • Nursing students in the building atriumIntegrated nearly all units of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers, completing the largest higher education merger in the history of American higher education.
  • Created, with input from thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and board members from across the Rutgers community, the university's first comprehensive strategic plan in nearly 20 years.
  • Committed $2.5 billion in capital construction, including major new academic buildings for chemistry, life sciences, business, nursing and science, dental medicine, engineering, nutrition, performing arts, and pharmacy.
  • Transformed the College Avenue Campus with its first new academic building in a half-century, an honors college, a popular student-apartment building with ground-floor restaurants, and a pedestrian- and bike-friendly avenue redesign.
  • Developed a physical master plan to guide construction and redevelopment on all campuses through 2030.
  • Overhauled and modernized all business systems and unified Rutgers’ and the former UMDNJ’s operations (part of the largest university merger in American history) into a single platform.


  • Health careEstablished Rutgers Health, bringing together all clinical care elements at Rutgers, and the Rutgers Health Group, a multi-specialty faculty practice of more than 900 providers at the university.
  • Collaborating with RWJBarnabas Health to form New Jersey’s largest academic health care system, committed to outstanding patient care, medical research, and medical education.