Dear Members of the University of Bridgeport Community,
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quotation rings true as we navigate the endless news cycle, politics, and the funding that colleges and universities need to sustain operations and support students. While the stimulus package has not yet passed, the National Association of Independent College and Universities anticipates that it includes:
- $30.75 billion for education
- $14.250 billion for higher education, allocated based on a formula that offers greater support to institutions with greater numbers of low-income students
- Half of the funding is intended for emergency grants for students and half for institutions
We are grateful for this initial relief for the higher education sector; however, the funding is inadequate to cover the losses felt on the UB campus. I will continue to work with our lobbying consortiums on these very important issues. Learn more about how the stimulus package affects higher education.
The commencement core team is actively working to develop an alternative, virtual experience for members of the class of 2020. All graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a commencement ceremony in December 2020 or May 2021. Staff, faculty, and students will be involved in the planning efforts moving forward, and more information will be shared in the days ahead.
Though our operations have moved to a remote format, for many across the institution, daily work and business continues without interruption. To that end, our important marketing, admissions, and finance institutional committees—reflective of UB’s commitment to shared governance—will be meeting next week. Additionally, the presidential task force will hold its second meeting on Fridayto review and discuss issues of financial and operational importance.
This Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Office of Admissions will hold its Accepted Students Day in a virtual format. There are 540 prospective students registered for this event—a new UB record! Vice President for Enrollment Management & Athletics Lou Izzi and his admission staff have my sincerest gratitude for their outstanding work to recreate this special day under very difficult circumstances.
Laura Skandera Trombley