I was pleased to learn yesterday that our research expenditures for the past year (FY 2014) were $57.2M, up almost 10% from the previous year. Similarly, expenditures for FY 2015 are already $15.1M, up 5.7% over this time last year. We have some incredibly exciting research news to share on Friday so please stay tuned. This progress is consistent with our efforts to improve research support and infrastructure articulated in last year’s research capacity analysis. I want to thank our VP for Research, Dr. Andy Meyers and his team for continued great work. I also want to recognize the talented faculty driving a broad array of creative, impactful and cutting-edge projects that are helping make our community and world a better place.
It’s also a pleasure to share that student applications for this year are moving at a remarkable pace. We have 7,045 applications to date, and have already admitted 1,522 students for the fall of 2015. You might recall that prior to last year’s record numbers, we received in the ballpark of 7,500 applications for an entire year, something we’ve almost accomplished in the first quarter. It’s good to be a Tiger.
M. David Rudd, President