While these achievements speak to UC’s manifold strengths, the College faces a variety of demands in the decades ahead that will challenge the very core of its mission – that of providing an academic environment that enables individuals to realize their full potential. The specific challenges confronting us are:
Rising enrollments of students seeking financial aid,
The transformation to a global society,
Strong competition from online and business-provided higher education, and
The growing need for advanced technology in both traditional and non-traditional programs.
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Just as the College’s original Oneida Square location was unable to keep pace with the quality of work being performed within its walls, the Burrstone Road campus is now proving an insufficient platform for UC’s current generation of exceptional faculty and student scholars. Most of UC’s academic facilities are nearly 50 years old and now constitute a significant impediment to the level of higher learning the College seeks to provide, particularly in the sciences.
Similarly, the College’s endowment must grow significantly in order for UC to seek new avenues of scholarly distinction; to fulfill its mandate of becoming one of the nation’s finest small regional universities; and to continue to honor its historic commitment to providing opportunity for academically promising students regardless of their financial means.
As President Todd S. Hutton has observed:
"The College stands at the threshold of a new era in its history. Its choices are clear. To advance will require resolve and risk-taking in order to forge and realize a shared vision for the future. To retreat will mean the tragic loss of opportunity."