President Barchi speaking at the podium

President’s Reports to the University Senate

2019 Report to the Senate

“We have come a long way since 2012, thanks to so many people throughout this great community.”

In his final annual report to the Rutgers University community, President Barchi reflected on the achievements of the past seven years through the framework of the University Strategic Plan, noted some of the work and challenges that remain, and thanked all those who have contributed to Rutgers' progress.

2018 Report to the Senate

“It is vitally important that we keep a Rutgers education with the reach of the students and families we serve.”

After a record-setting year for enrollment, graduates, and fundraising, President Barchi highlighted progress in strengthening student services, faculty diversity, administrative systems, and partnerships with the state. He celebrated the new agreement with RWJBarnabas Health to create a comprehensive academic health system for New Jersey, and reaffirmed the university's commitment to free speech and academic freedom.

2017 Report to the Senate

“The vast majority of people who ever graduated from Rutgers are living today—and they are watching what we do.”

Praising both the passion and the civility of the Rutgers community during an intensely political year, President Barchi also lauded Rutgers students’ success in national and international competitions. He celebrated a record year for fundraising and highlighted ongoing efforts to improve the student experience, overhaul business practices and technological infrastructure, maintain strength in the humanities, and transform the physical environment on all campuses.

2016 Report to the Senate

“Both the perception of Rutgers and the reality of our positioning within American higher education have never been better, and we must continue to capitalize on that momentum.”

Delivered in the midst of Rutgers’ 250th anniversary year, President Barchi focused on initiatives to improve the student experience, including revamping of systems for student accounting, registration, transportation, scheduling, and advising. He noted new access program in Camden and Newark, faculty diversity hiring efforts, the recent establishment of Rutgers Health, and ongoing efforts to update and strengthen university business processes and administrative infrastructure.

2015 Report to the Senate

“The new Rutgers honors the University’s two and a half centuries of innovation, opportunity, and service to society.”

The president highlighted the new Rutgers–New Brunswick Honors College and other honors programs, the successful conclusion of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, the completion of a Physical Master Plan, and the merger of the Rutgers law schools. He reviewed the university’s inaugural year in the Big Ten and previewed changes to the university’s information technology foundation.

2014 Report to the Senate

“We now have an articulated blueprint that offers a fair but frank assessment of where we stand today and provides an ambitious plan for where we will go in the next five years.”

Presented in the first month of Rutgers’ entry into the Big Ten, President Barchi’s report focused on implementation of the new University Strategic Plan, beginning with 100-Day initiatives including new professorships, term chairs, merit scholarships, and graduate fellowships. He committed to honors colleges across Rutgers, noted creation of an enterprise risk management office, and outlined significant construction projects in each Rutgers location.

2013 Report to the Senate

“In the new Rutgers, the State of New Jersey now has the comprehensive research university it deserves and, perhaps, the one it should have always had.”

Just two months after the integration of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey into Rutgers, the president highlighted the logistical achievements in effecting the integration and its potential benefits to the university and the state. He also discussed major changes in athletics oversight, reported on the ongoing strategic planning process, and described the strategic visions being developed for Newark, Camden, and New Brunswick.