- Twenty-five new faculty members were recruited in clinical and social sciences in anthropology, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, computer science, economics, earth and environmental sciences, engineering, history, mechanical engineering, modern languages and cultures, optics, physics and astronomy, and political science.
- Introduced a new Bachelor of Arts degree in dance, with concentrations available in creative expression and performance and in dance studies.
- Launched a new Humanities Research and Innovation Grant program, which is now offered to 8 incoming freshmen interested in humanistic fields.
- Began a partnership between the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program and the Memorial Art Gallery in which art objects become the teaching tools to help students think and communicate critically.
- Seed funding is generating momentum for the construction of a new the River Campus Theater for students to experience, engage, and participate in the performing arts.
Bullet points highlight impact made in 2016