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President’s Letter to Friends of Boise State

November 13, 2009

Dear Friends,

Boise State positively impacts our region in a wide variety of ways. But perhaps the most significant, especially in the current economic climate, is the way our research programs and the work of our faculty and students help businesses improve and innovate through access to knowledge and technology. (more…)

October 23, 2009

Dear Friends,

Last week, Boise State was visited by 11 distinguished individuals from universities across the Northwest as part of our 10-year reaccreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The results are not yet final, but on the last day of the visit, the chair of the evaluation team addressed a campus audience to give us their preliminary thoughts. He began by stating how impressed he was by the spirit, dedication and nearly unanimous support and determination from the faculty, staff and students toward the common vision and direction of Boise State today. His statement did not surprise me as it firmly aligns with what I have heard in my conversations across campus. However, it struck me on this occasion as especially heartening, not only because our enthusiasm was so readily apparent, but also because it came at a time when we are strained by available resources. (more…)

September 21, 2009

Dear Friends,

Recent news that Boise State University is ranked among the nation’s and West’s “top up-and-coming schools” boldly underscores the reoccurring theme of dynamic change here on campus.

U.S. News and World Report lists Boise State among the colleges and universities making “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities” in its annual review of the nation’s best colleges and universities. It is our most recent academic distinction and confirms our progress as a university of choice for talented students across the West. (more…)

April 1, 2009

Dear Friends,

Keeping a top-quality university education within financial reach of our students and their families is always a top priority for us at Boise State University. It is often a difficult balancing act between frugality and our growing presence as a metropolitan research university.

But this spring, as Idaho’s colleges and universities work with the State Board of Education to set their student tuition and fees for the upcoming fall semester, stewardship of those precious dollars takes on unusual significance. Any discussion of tuition and fee increases this year must begin with the premise that our students and their families are struggling in the midst of a recession more difficult than any in recent history. (more…)

February 19, 2009

Dear Friends,

A year ago, many of us would have been hard-pressed to predict the depth of this downturn in our economy. For many families right here in the Treasure Valley, it means no longer having a roof over their heads or food on the table. Boise State, one of the Treasure Valley’s largest employers, is in a position to make a difference. (more…)