January 6th, 2014

Campaign news briefs

BU jumps in U.S. News rankings

In the new 2014 U.S. News & World Report university rankings, BU has jumped up ten places since last year: from 51 to 41 out of 201 ranked U.S. universities. BU now appears on a short list of “Up and Comers,” chosen for their “promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.”

BU is 50th of 400 worldwide

London’s Times Higher Education magazine (formerly part of the Times of London) has bumped BU up four spots, to 50th of the top 400 universities worldwide. The University was the 30th highest ranked U.S. institution on the list. The rankings primarily reflect faculty productivity, says BU Assistant VP for Institutional Research Melanie Madaio-O’Brien.

Alumni stepping up: FY13 review

One of the really gratifying things we’ve seen since the start of the Campaign is the steady rise in the number of alumni who have stepped up to take part in this first-ever major fundraising effort. These people aren’t unaccustomed to giving to worthy causes, but we had never asked them to take part in a major BU campaign before—there simply hadn’t been one in our history. In FY12, for example, we had envisioned attracting 25,000 alumni donors as the campaign got underway; and we ended up with more than 30,000.

To see that kind of response is gratifying. It’s injected a lot of energy into the campaign and shown us how committed our alums are to Boston University, to its entry onto the stage of major research universities, and to its success as an education powerhouse. And, with this trajectory, we should reach 45,000 alumni donors by the end of the campaign in FY17 and a total of more than 50,000 donors to BU annually.”

—Vice President for Alumni Relations Steven A. Hall

SMG and LAW, up, up, and away!

Speaking of rankings, the Princeton Review declares BU’s law professors the best in the nation in its 2014 edition of The Best 169 Law Schools. And there’s more: Business Insider says the BU School of Management is now the 10th-best business school in the world, outpacing 168 other schools, including those deemed similar by the Review: Harvard, Georgetown, Northwestern, the University of Virginia, and Boston College.

A record fundraising year for BU

BU donors shattered the University’s annual fundraising record of $98 million (set in fiscal 2011), giving more than $116.9 million in 2013. Thanks to this record generosity, the campaign total has topped $585 million, approximately one year into its public launch. That figure includes 111 commitments of $1 million or more. Scott Nichols, BU’s senior vice president for development and alumni relations, attributes much of the success of the campaign to date to excitement around BU’s first major fundraising drive and enthusiasm for President Robert Brown and his strategic plan for the University.

Lu Lingzi Scholarship Fund tops $1 million

Thanks to some 1,300 donors across the globe, BU’s Lu Lingzi Fund has now received more than $1 million in donations since it was established last spring by the BU Campaign Executive Committee. The fund, which will provide scholarships for BU students, honors Lingzi (GRS’13), who died as a result of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.

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