A Letter to the UMass Amherst Community by President Jack M. Wilson
To the members of the UMass Amherst community:
I am writing to all of you today to remind you who we really are.
Under Chancellor Bob Holub's strong leadership and as a result of the effort and commitment of students, faculty and staff, this flagship campus has seen enormous successes, and we can say with pride that UMass Amherst competes head-to-head with the best public educational institutions in the country. Take a minute to consider what you have accomplished and, most important, who we are and have become:
And the list goes on: The UMass Amherst doctoral program in Computer Science ranks No. 10 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our undergraduate writing program has been ranked among the best in the nation - above Brown, Cornell and NYU -- according to Poets & Writers magazine. And the Isenberg School of Management is seventh in the country according to the Princeton Review's "Greatest Opportunity for Women" category.
If there is one place we may not have succeeded, it is in letting the world know just how good our University has become. That job must begin at home: There is no excuse for students in Massachusetts to believe, in the face of all the evidence, that a public university in any neighboring state provides a better education than their home state university. Especially when by so many measures, we are much better than our neighbors.
Finally, I would be remiss in not addressing the issue of funding. That all of these milestones and improvements have come in the face of a shrinking state commitment to the University is a testament to all of you, particularly the faculty, who have not allowed shortsighted funding decisions to interfere with your determination to create and convey knowledge.
The best advertisement for UMass Amherst is you. Take what you have here - a thriving academic institution improving in dozens of areas against difficult odds - and tell that story with your head held high. We know who we are, what we have accomplished and where we are going. We just need to speak a little louder in letting everyone else know.
Welcome back to campus and... Go UMass.
Jack M. Wilson
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