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Worcester, MA 01609
Welcome to the fall semester! I hope everyone had a great summer and that you are ready for an exciting and invigorating academic year. For all our new students—from near and far—welcome! For our returning students, welcome back!
This fall, we have much to celebrate: our newly renovated and expanded campus spaces, and our inclusion in the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, among others. Becker had made its debut in The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges in 2013. The Princeton Review has also ranked Becker, for the fourth consecutive year, among the top colleges in the U.S. for video game design. I invite you to learn more here.
We soon begin one of the most exciting weeks on campus—Week of Welcome—which runs from August 25 through September 2. I encourage students to immerse themselves in the Week of Welcome activities, which are a great part of the Becker experience: Fall Convocation, Welcome Back Bingo, Commuter Open House, “Speed Friending,” to name a few, along with a variety of trips and activities that highlight our region.
Once everyone has settled in, we have a host of fall events including Homecoming on September 20-22, inducting a new class into the Becker Athletic Hall of Fame, and Fall Family Weekend starting October 26, when we look forward to hosting our students’ families, giving them a small taste of life here at Becker, and having a wonderful time.
We have been busy with summer construction projects in the Weller Academic Center and the Boutin Student Center. Upgrades to both campus’ technology infrastructure and three new computer labs with 24/7 access and a multi-purpose space in Boutin are among the improvements. New residence halls and reconfiguration of Student Affairs spaces including a new Center for Career Education suite in Fuller will help provide better services to students.
This is an exciting and transformational time at Becker. After establishing the School of Animal Studies in spring 2013, Becker is enrolling the largest ever entering class of animal studies students this fall—over 50% more than last year (137 vs. 89).
Other notable trends include the record number of students choosing to live on campus and the expanded geographic diversity of new students. For the first time, Becker has a majority of new freshmen from out of state, including 15 new students from the West Coast states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Global Citizenship continues to be a major initiative again this year. Last fall, we joined eight other colleges and universities across the nation in the tenth cohort of the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Laboratory. The ACE Internationalization Lab has helped us craft a global engagement strategy to establish Global Citizenship as a graduate attribute—a core outcome of a Becker College education. We look forward to an expanded Global Voices of Change speaker series, the opening of an Office of Global Citizenship this fall, and creating more exciting opportunities for students to engage in becoming Global Citizens—prepared to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society.
I invite you to explore our website, including our “Points of Pride,” to learn more about Becker College and the people and programs that make Becker College a truly remarkable educational institution—a great place to learn and work.
Have an exciting and productive fall semester!
Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D
President, Becker College