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Rensselaer Alumni Magazine Winter 2005-06
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Feature Articles President's View At Rensselaer Class Notes Features Making a Difference Rensselaer Milestones Staying Connected In Memoriam
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Plan for Success: Five years on, The Rensselaer Plan continues to transform the Institute. Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
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This year marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of The Rensselaer Plan. A strategic blueprint for the future, the plan put Rensselaer on the road to its most significant and far-reaching transformation in more than a century, with the goal to raise the Institute to the level of a “top-tier technological research university with global reach and global impact.”

The results have been wide-ranging, reaching into almost every aspect of life at the Institute. Under the plan, Rensselaer already has made its mark nationally and globally in the targeted areas of information technology, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. The Institute has recruited some of the most talented and distinguished faculty in the world. Research awards have more than doubled, from $37 million to $80 million, and the number of doctoral students has increased. Student quality and diversity is on the rise as well. More than $400 million has been poured into new construction and renovations of facilities for research, teaching, and student life. A renewed commitment to undergraduate education has sparked the recent introduction of the Undergraduate Plan, to strengthen the overall undergraduate experience at Rensselaer.

by Jodi Ackerman Frank :: Photo by Lonny Kalfus

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