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While Howard University is not exempt from the challenges facing many higher education institutions today, it is important to note that we are fully prepared to meet these challenges, with a consistent focus on our students.
Howard continues to invest in our students through enhancements to our academic programs, financial aid programs, campus safety and transportation and University facilities. Within the past year, we have extended iLab and Library hours, enhanced shuttle service, and invested $32 million in renovations to residence halls, classrooms, laboratories and central student space (Burr Gymnasium and Cramton Auditorium). The construction of a $5 million state-of-the-art surgical simulation center in the College of Medicine was completed in February as well.
In addition to these upgrades, several new construction projects are underway at Howard. This spring, we broke ground on two new residence halls that are designed to serve as state-of-the-art living and learning communities for more than 1,300 students. We also began construction on the University’s new Interdisciplinary Research Building this spring semester.
For each of the past three years, we have allocated more than $80 million in merit and need-based aid to our students. All of these updates support our commitment to Students First.
We are preparing now for the arrival of the class of 2017, which we anticipate to be among the highest-performing entering classes in the history of the University.
Correspondingly, these efforts to support Howard University students required that we also make important but difficult decisions to cut administrative costs and restructure our staffing where necessary to further strengthen Howard to continue as one of the nation’s premier institutions.
As President of Howard University, I would like to assure the Howard community, friends and supporters that Chairman Rand, the entire Board of Trustees and I remain committed to preserving the standard of excellence that has kept Howard strong for over 145 years. We thank all who continue to support this great University.
Read a statement from Chairman Rand on the current state of the University here: Chairman of the Board of Trustees_Letter to the Community