Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber despatched his annual State of the University letter to school, college students and employees on Tuesday, Jan. 31, celebrating Princeton’s full return to in-person educating and analysis following COVID-19 and addressing how the University and different liberal arts establishments would possibly adapt to the forthcoming challenges introduced by quickly creating expertise.

Eisgruber wrote: “Computer science, data science, online media, and machine learning are rapidly changing how we read, write, learn, think, communicate, and socialize.  They are affecting what students want to study, how research is conducted, and what topics scholars can explore.  They are altering the world’s capacities and problems, and, with those, the issues that universities must address to prepare students for the future and deliver the research that our society needs.”

The letter displays on what these modifications imply for Princeton as a college dedicated to the beliefs of liberal arts schooling, curiosity-driven analysis, and discovering and supporting the finest expertise from all backgrounds.

To supply alternatives for group dialogue of the subjects in the letter, Eisgruber will talk about the letter and invite questions at two upcoming open conferences.

• All college students, college and members of the broader University group are invited to affix the upcoming assembly of the Council of the Princeton University Neighborhood (CPUC), which can happen 4:30 to six p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in the Frist Multipurpose Room. In the query and reply interval for this assembly, precedence can be given to council members and to scholar questioners.

• A City Corridor for University employees members can be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Richardson Auditorium. The University will present workers with paid launch time to allow them to attend this assembly throughout regular work hours, topic to supervisory approval in an effort to preserve regular operations.

The State of the University letter is obtainable as a pdf and is printed in its entirety beneath.

President’s Annual “State of the University” Letter 2023:  The Liberal Arts University and the Challenges of Expertise

Three years after the novel coronavirus appeared on the scene, Princeton’s residential, scholarly group is almost, if not totally, restored to its pre-pandemic state.  Our campus once more pulses with important power, private interplay, and inventive inspiration.

Lessons are assembly with out the restrictions wanted final yr.  Workshops, lectures, and colloquia are nicely attended.  Crowds are welcome at performances, sporting occasions, and different gatherings.

Celebrations once more happen in particular person moderately than on digital platforms, which is an efficient factor, as a result of over the previous 18 months Princeton has had lots to have fun.  For instance:

  • College and alumni have collected honors at a tempo spectacular even by Princeton’s excessive requirements.  In the 2021-22 tutorial yr, for instance, 5 Nobel laureates in the fall have been later joined by a Fields medalist, an Abacus medalist, a Kyoto Prize winner, and a Schmidt Science Polymath, to call just some.  This fall, Ben Bernanke, a former college member and chair of the Division of Economics, obtained the Nobel Prize in Financial Sciences.
  • Final yr, Princeton made historic enhancements to each its graduate fellowship program and its undergraduate monetary help program.  In January 2022, Princeton elevated graduate stipends for the 2022-23 tutorial yr by a mean of 25 p.c, the largest such increment in the University’s historical past.  In September, Princeton introduced enhancements to its already best-in-class undergraduate monetary help program.  Starting subsequent yr, most college students from households incomes as much as $100,000 will attend Princeton without spending a dime, and help packages will enhance throughout the revenue spectrum.
  • Because of the excellent work of our Development staff and alumni volunteers, and to the generosity of our alumni and pals, Princeton opened the public part of its Enterprise Ahead marketing campaign with one of the most profitable years in historical past for fundraising and alumni engagement.  Annual Giving set a brand new all-time greenback report (81.8 million), and the University recorded the highest one-year fundraising complete in Princeton’s historical past (551.9 million).  Enterprise Ahead additionally ushered in a brand new digital custom — Orange & Black Day, created by our spirited alumni — and in-person all-alumni gatherings in New York Metropolis, San Francisco, and London.
  • In December, the Princeton University Artwork Museum introduced a historic present from Preston Haskell III ’60 that features eight summary masterpieces from his non-public assortment.  These gorgeous work will take the Museum’s assortment of fashionable artwork to a brand new degree of excellence.
  • Our college students distinguished themselves each academically and in extracurricular pursuits.  Already this tutorial yr they’ve been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, a Marshall Scholarship, and 5 Schwarzman Scholarships, and our athletic groups have captured one other 4 league titles after successful sixteen final yr.
  • Reunions, held in particular person for the first time in three years, have been a joyous affair.  They have been amongst the highlights of a festive week that included two Graduation ceremonies (for the Lessons of 2020 and 2022), three fiftieth Reunion dinners, three twenty fifth Reunion dinners, and greater than 25,000 individuals.  Our employees did a superb job internet hosting the many individuals and occasions regardless of the lingering results of the pandemic and unseasonably excessive temperatures.
  • Our Amenities staff and their companions in quite a few campus departments and workplaces pushed forward with the most bold constructing program in the University’s historical past regardless of the pandemic’s disruption to work schedules, labor markets, and the provide chain.  Their excellent work enabled Yeh School and New School West to open this fall as anticipated.

Alumni hug at Reunions

Held in particular person for the first time in three years, Reunions 2022 have been much more joyous and celebratory. Greater than 25,000 alumni and their visitors returned to campus.

The pandemic, to make certain, persists; as I write this letter, COVID-related deaths in the United States nonetheless common greater than 500 per day.  We can’t know what variants would possibly lie forward.  We are going to have to be able to adapt if crucial.

Nonetheless, as we enter 2023, we are able to take pleasure in extra of the actions that we cherish and that outline the mission of this University.  And, as a result of our planning capability is not so occupied by short-term questions on the public well being disaster, we are able to as soon as once more dedicate extra time and a spotlight to elementary questions on the University’s values and future.

Amongst the most profound of these questions is how Princeton and different liberal arts analysis universities ought to adapt to the challenges of quickly evolving expertise, together with info expertise and synthetic intelligence.

Pc science, information science, on-line media, and machine studying are quickly altering how we learn, write, be taught, suppose, talk, and socialize.  They’re affecting what college students wish to examine, how analysis is carried out, and what subjects students can discover.  They’re altering the world’s capacities and issues, and, with these, the points that universities should tackle to arrange college students for the future and ship the analysis that our society wants.

I’ll dedicate most of this yr’s letter to some reflections on what these modifications imply for Princeton as a college steadfastly dedicated to the beliefs of liberal arts schooling and curiosity-driven analysis.  I’ll join these reflections to the University’s strategic framework and to the set of initiatives underway on campus.  I’ll conclude with some added ideas about our persevering with efforts to make sure that expertise from all backgrounds and sectors of society can flourish at this University and profit from its educating and analysis.

The Strategic Framework’s Key Judgments

Questions on expertise’s implications for Princeton’s mission could also be more and more vivid and pressing, however they aren’t new.  They have been essential to the University’s multi-year, campus-wide planning course of that produced its strategic framework in 2016.

The strategic framework was created with the hope that its rules would information the University over a few years and the expectation that it might be up to date or revised usually to deal with altering wants and alternatives.

The framework has served its function nicely.  The University’s trustees enthusiastically reaffirmed and up to date the framework in 2019.  They may evaluate it once more this yr as half of the periodic planning cycle envisioned by the 2016 report.

The priorities recognized in the strategic framework relaxation on 4 key judgments:

  • Princeton University’s distinctive and long-standing mission — as a residential analysis college dedicated to an expansive imaginative and prescient of the liberal arts that encompasses engineering — is strong, precious, and necessary to the world.
  • Princeton’s distinctive capability for educating and analysis carries with it particular obligations to develop the vary of individuals who profit from that chance, to try for the highest ranges of high quality in analysis and schooling, and to deal with the challenges of the twenty first century.
  • Expertise is quickly reshaping analysis, pedagogy, and society, with substantial penalties for the University’s mission.
  • The University can and will elevate its endowment spend fee in order that it could co-invest with alumni and pals to assist initiatives that may improve Princeton’s influence on the world at the moment and for generations to come back.

Students participate in class discussion on steps

The facility of Princeton’s residential, in-person mannequin was affirmed in the University’s 2016 strategic framework and appears much more compelling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photograph by

Denise Applewhite, Workplace of Communications

The framework provides a number of justifications for embracing Princeton’s mannequin of residential, liberal arts schooling.  It emphasizes {that a} Princeton diploma fares exceptionally nicely even when judged solely the foundation of its financial worth or different utilitarian metrics.

The framework then acknowledges {that a} Princeton schooling should additionally serve loftier objectives.  A Princeton schooling “should shape the whole person,” and “the University’s research should enhance not only the productivity but also the quality and humanity of our nation and our world.”

The framework provides these observations:

“At a time when the world often focuses on short-term issues and seeks immediate solutions, Princeton enables scholars and students to pursue long-term goals.  It brings talented individuals together for interactions both deliberate and serendipitous, and it gives those individuals the freedom and the support they need to pursue a dazzling range of questions and projects.  Princeton thereby catalyzes learning, creativity, innovation, and collaboration.  The benefits of this activity may take years or even decades to blossom fully; they can help society to address not only the problems we know today, but also future concerns that we cannot yet identify or even imagine.”

The University’s trustees issued this endorsement of residential studying in 2016, at a time of rising curiosity in on-line schooling.  The facility of the residential, in-person mannequin appears much more compelling in the wake of the pandemic, which required Princeton and different universities to make use of on-line educating in unprecedented methods.

When faculties initially moved their programs on-line in March 2020, some individuals predicted that this compelled experiment with distant studying would exhibit the inefficiency of residential educating fashions.  It as a substitute highlighted how tough it’s to show on-line successfully, particularly at undergraduate and pre-collegiate ranges.  There may be now widespread concern about “learning loss” from the deficiencies of on-line schooling, an issue that impacts even the exceptionally proficient college students who apply to and attend Princeton.

To make certain, the expertise of on-line educating throughout the pandemic broadened familiarity with what might be accomplished on-line.  The data might allow Princeton to leverage expertise to enhance the residential schooling it provides or to develop the influence of its educating to new audiences.  If that’s the case, nonetheless, we can have to take action in a means that respects the energy of residential engagement and the limits of on-line educating, which is one purpose why Princeton required starting in fall 2021 that every one lessons as soon as once more meet in particular person.

But, even whereas in-person engagement stays important to schooling, the success of Zoom and different platforms demonstrated but once more how shortly and pervasively expertise can change our lives.  In latest weeks, ChatGPT has supplied one other window into how highly effective — and the way disruptive — synthetic intelligence will be.

That’s the reason any nice liberal arts college in the twenty first century should wholeheartedly embrace the examine of expertise.  Crucial considering abilities are at the coronary heart of a liberal arts schooling, and in at the moment’s world these abilities should embody the means to know, develop, and use expertise each successfully and ethically.

Andrew Houck looks through a quantum computer

Andrew Houck, professor of electrical and laptop engineering, is amongst the distinguished researchers at Princeton who’re making advances in quantum computing and quantum science. Houck has centered a lot of his work on designing methods that remove, scale back or are detached to error-causing noise.

Strengthening Princeton’s College of Engineering and Utilized Science

Whereas the challenges of expertise will demand consideration from students all through the University, the strategic framework acknowledged that the College of Engineering and Utilized Science can be pivotal to Princeton’s response:

“Princeton’s outstanding School of Engineering and Applied Science, which uniquely blends the qualities of a great engineering school and Princeton’s commitment to the liberal arts, gives the University a special advantage in addressing technological change and its consequences for society. Princeton embraced engineering during a period when some Ivy League universities ignored the field.  Princeton thereby made a wise choice:  it has become clear that in the 21st century, a great liberal arts university requires a great engineering school.”

Curiosity in engineering at Princeton has exploded over the previous decade.  Engineering majors now account for 28 p.c of the University’s undergraduate college students, up from round 19 p.c in 2012-13.

The pc science division teaches extra college students and attracts extra majors than some other division in the University.  Its progress over the previous twenty years has been astonishing.  For instance, concentrators have grown from round 36 college students in the class of 2011 to greater than 200 on this yr’s junior class; complete course enrollments throughout that interval have greater than doubled, from 1,738 in 2010-11 to 4,152 this yr.

Half of the attraction of these disciplines undoubtedly comes from the market worth of their levels, however in addition they provide mental depth and societal profit.  Technical and scientific advances have, for instance, given engineers the capability to mannequin and management microscopic organic processes, manipulate unique quantum phenomena, and design therapeutic interventions to deal with healthcare issues and environmental harms.

And, conversely, computational advances and new applied sciences are empowering students throughout the disciplines to ask and reply novel questions on the human mind, financial conduct, ecological methods, the evolution of literary practices, and galactic buildings, to call just a few.  We’re already seeing a brand new technology of researchers who mix disciplinary experience in departments throughout the University with fluency in computational and statistical strategies.

As a result of our College of Engineering and Utilized Science is built-in into the liberal arts ethos of the University, we are able to educate engineers who create and apply expertise deeply knowledgeable by the insights and values drawn from the arts, humanities, and social and pure sciences.  And since all of our college students are inspired to take programs in the engineering college, we are able to educate leaders in different fields who’re competent and comfy with technological points.

Aerial rendering of new ES+SEAS building complex

Princeton is investing boldly in Environmental Research and the College of Engineering and Utilized Science (ES+SEAS). The brand new ES+SEAS neighborhood underneath building contains a “necklace” of linked buildings increasing the University’s services for engineering and environmental science.

Picture courtesy of Ennead Architects LLP/bloomimages

To proceed this momentum, seize the alternative to innovate, and reply to the challenges of technological change, Princeton is investing boldly in its College of Engineering and Utilized Science.  Persons are the coronary heart of that initiative, however to draw and retain excellent college, college students, and employees, we’d like services that allow them to thrive and obtain the highest ranges of excellence.

The strategic framework acknowledged that whereas “Princeton is fortunate to have a superb engineering faculty,” its professors and college students do a lot of their work in outdated “facilities constructed to a utilitarian standard more than a half-century ago.”  That’s the reason we’ve got undertaken the large constructing challenge that begins at the present Guyot Corridor and runs most of the size of Western Means.

After renovation, Guyot Corridor will turn out to be Eric and Wendy Schmidt Corridor, the new house for the Division of Pc Science.  A linked collection of buildings on the north aspect of Western Means will home the environmental sciences, Princeton’s new bioengineering institute, the Division of Chemical and Organic Engineering, and an engineering commons.

In the years forward, the new ES + SEAS neighborhood will even turn out to be the house for different departments now positioned in the previous EQuad.  The brand new location will convey SEAS from the periphery into the core of the University, thereby facilitating stronger hyperlinks between its departments and people in the humanities, pure sciences, and social sciences.

On-line Media, Civic Tradition, and the University

Such interdisciplinary connections can be important if the University is to satisfy the challenges of this second.  Many of the most pressing and profound questions arising out of technological change are usually not themselves technical however cultural, psychological, moral, and political.

The University’s 2016 strategic framework talked about in passing that expertise was altering not solely educating, analysis, innovation, {and professional} alternatives, but in addition the “organization of human society” and the way individuals “connect with one another.”  That sentence might be the most hanging understatement in the doc.

At the same time as lately as 2016, when Princeton issued its strategic framework, it was arduous to know the profound and pervasive results that on-line media have been already having on people and communities.

In 2016, the iPhone was not but 10 years previous.  Princeton had but to graduate a category of college students who had used or seen a smartphone whereas in grade college.  Now few of us can think about a world with out them.  Certainly, most of our college students have by no means identified such a world.

We’re solely simply starting to know the nature and magnitude of the modifications being wrought to our minds and our societies.  Some of these modifications are constructive.  I have no idea how we might have persevered throughout the pandemic, for instance, with out the means to show and work on-line.  Data which may in the previous have required journeys to faraway archives or libraries is now at our fingertips.  We are able to keep in contact with distant pals, discover new ones, and renew misplaced acquaintanceships.  The checklist goes on.

There are additionally, nonetheless, darkish sides to this new world.  Almost everybody now spends giant quantities of time on-line.  Basically, the apps and media on this digital world turn out to be extra worthwhile if customers spend extra time on them.  For that purpose, they’re usually designed to draw and hold our consideration.

Maria Ressa gesticulates during her Alumni Day speech

At Princeton’s Alumni Day in 2022, Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa, Class of 1986, mentioned how social media and different digital platforms make it a lot tougher for the public to discern what’s true.

The brand new communications atmosphere privileges info not as a result of it’s true or edifying however as a result of it’s attention-getting.  For many if not all human beings, what rivets consideration is the provocative, the excessive, the diverting, the divisive, or the visually arresting.

These distractions are usually not solely highly effective however omnipresent.  We feature the world, and our worries, in our pockets.  We’re tempted by our telephones, and the tantalizing array of stimuli they maintain, in every single place, together with in areas — similar to libraries, theaters, parks, and eating places — that after supplied havens for examine, reflection, and human camaraderie.

Like New York University’s Dr. Jonathan Haidt and Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa ’86,[1] I consider that this communications atmosphere poses a elementary problem to our civic life and to truth-seeking establishments, together with faculties and universities.

The challenges embody however transcend considerations about “disinformation” or different particular content material on the web.  Even when the info they supply is totally correct, on-line media facilitate distraction, remoteness, and provocation.

Schooling and analysis, in contrast, rely on focus, engagement, and civil trade.  The strain between the on-line world and the scholarly world is thus actual and deep: we stay in a world flooded with the mental equal of irresistible junk meals, and getting individuals to “think healthy” is tougher than ever.

Students are starting to supply the insights and suggestions that we have to comprehend and tackle these modifications.  Some of them have argued that on-line exercise is a serious contributor to the epidemic of psychological sickness confronting our nation and its younger individuals.[2]

These claims are controversial,[3] but it surely appears simple that the college students who arrive at Princeton at the moment have grown up very in another way from even their fairly latest predecessors.  The related query shouldn’t be whether or not these variations have modified the means that college students be taught and stay, however moderately how they’ve accomplished so.

Answering that query, and others about how expertise is altering people and society, can be a serious problem for Princeton and different faculties and universities in the years forward.  I hope and anticipate that our college, college students, and employees will convey ahead new initiatives in order that this University can tackle these points by its analysis and in its personal campus group and pedagogical tradition.

Constructing a Liberal Arts University for the twenty first Century

The magnitude and character of these challenges reinforce the 2016 strategic framework’s conclusion that regardless of — and, certainly, as a result of of — the many modifications wrought by expertise and different social forces, this University’s “distinctive model and mission are today more vibrant, valuable, and relevant to the world’s problems than ever.”

The framework known as for a group of initiatives by which Princeton University would each “address technology’s impact” and lengthen “the principles that define it as a liberal arts university into the 21st century.”

The priorities that emerged from the framework, and the bigger strategic planning course of that accompanied it, are manifest in our investments in the College of Engineering and Utilized Science together with quite a few different tasks and initiatives that contact each sector of the campus. 

Their purpose is to strengthen the excellence of the University’s core educating and analysis enterprise throughout a number of fields; attain extra college students from extra backgrounds; add to the University’s capability in engineering, laptop science, and associated fields; open the University as much as a wider vary of collaborations with each tutorial and non-academic companions; and improve Princeton’s dedication to service.

Listed below are a couple of examples:

Technicians work on PPPL's tokomak

To make sure that the University’s educating and analysis tackle pressing nationwide and international points, Princeton has constructed or strengthened initiatives in key areas, together with fusion power analysis at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the Division of Power nationwide fusion lab managed by Princeton.

Photograph by

Elle Starkman, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

  • To achieve extra college students, we’ve got not solely added two residential faculties but in addition are creating a brand new well being heart and new leisure services to assist the improve in the undergraduate inhabitants.
  • To achieve and assist college students from extra backgrounds, we elevated the socioeconomic variety of our undergraduate and graduate scholar our bodies.  We additionally created a brand new switch program centered on army veterans and group school college students, and over the final yr we introduced historic will increase to each undergraduate scholarships and graduate stipends.  Our efforts have attracted favorable consideration from the New York Instances, Washington Submit, Wall Road Journal, and 60 Minutes.
  • To make sure that proficient people from all backgrounds flourish on our campus, we’ve got reaffirmed and expanded upon our dedication to racial fairness.  Although we’ve got way more work to do, progress is manifest in, amongst different issues, enhancements to the variety of our graduate scholar physique, college, administrative management, and roster of skilled consultants, contractors, and distributors.
  • To put money into tutorial excellence extra broadly and to make sure that the University’s educating and analysis tackle pressing nationwide and international points, we’ve got constructed or strengthened initiatives in environmental science and coverage, American research, regional research, and plasma physics, amongst different fields.
  • To bolster the University’s strengths in a number of liberal arts disciplines, we’re developing a brand new Artwork Museum that may improve the energy and accessibility of the University’s assortment and function a central gathering level for humanists on campus.
  • So as to add new graduate housing, state-of-the-art athletics services, and new websites for future analysis laboratories and collaborative ventures, we’re creating the Lake Campus growth on the south aspect of Lake Carnegie.
  • To advertise the well-being of our group, leaders from the University’s campus life staff, well being companies, the undergraduate and graduate scholar governments, and different models are cooperating to reinforce psychological well being sources and assist out there to college students, employees, and school.
  • To catalyze innovation and open the University to a broader vary of partnerships with non-academic companions, we’ve got expanded packages on entrepreneurship, revised University insurance policies, and established the Workplace of the Vice Dean for Innovation.  Early successes embody the launch of a joint Google-Princeton AI lab throughout Nassau Road and the formation of a Princeton-led Innovation Corps Northeast Hub sponsored by the Nationwide Science Basis.
  • To encourage college students to include service into their lives at Princeton and after commencement, we’ve got elevated each the quantity of service alternatives and their connection to the tutorial curriculum.  In October, we introduced a brand new program, LENS (Studying and Schooling by Service), that guarantees not less than one funded service alternative for each Princeton undergraduate.

These initiatives have required what is maybe the most bold capital building program in Princeton’s historical past.  Aware of the University’s environmental accountability, we’ve got designed and supplemented these tasks to make the campus carbon-neutral on or earlier than the University’s tricentennial in 2046.

I acknowledge that the quantity and scale of these tasks make them disruptive for all of us.  Residing amidst building shouldn’t be straightforward, and I recognize the modifications individuals have made to adapt to it.

The short-term impositions will finally give approach to long-term enhancements.  Like the previous tasks that profit us at the moment, these underway now will assist Princeton to answer the challenges of this century, create alternative for brand new generations of college students and school, deepen our dedication to educating and scholarship of the highest caliber, and add to the lovely and provoking areas that make this campus so particular.

Students eat in the Yeh College dining hall

The opening of Yeh School (pictured) and New School West have enabled Princeton to share its distinctive liberal arts mannequin with the largest getting into class of college students in the University’s historical past.

Reaching Extra College students from Extra Backgrounds

One of my highest priorities since taking workplace has been to make a Princeton schooling accessible to extra college students from extra backgrounds.  As the strategic framework rightly emphasizes, the schooling that we provide is extra necessary at the moment than it has ever been; if we are able to share it extra extensively, we should always.

I’m subsequently delighted that one of our largest building tasks is now full and benefiting the campus group.  The opening of Yeh School and New School West has enabled us to share Princeton’s distinctive liberal arts mannequin with the largest getting into class of college students in the University’s historical past.

The brand new residential faculties are necessary for a lot of causes.  Most essentially, the new faculties allow Dean of Admission and Monetary Support Karen Richardson to say “yes” to extra of the spectacularly proficient younger individuals who apply to the University every year.  Dean Richardson tells me that roughly 18,000 candidates every year are as nicely certified as the college students whom we admit.

If we are able to take extra of these college students with out diminishing the important qualities of a Princeton schooling, we should always:  A Princeton schooling is transformative for the college students who obtain it, and the extra college students whom we settle for will contribute positively each to our campus and the world past it.

The brand new faculties improve the residential life of our campus in quite a few methods, together with by facilities similar to an indication kitchen, a ceramics studio, and an indoor/out of doors efficiency area.  The universities’ structure embodies a dedication to transparency and alluring widespread areas designed to make it simpler for college students to take pleasure in each other’s camaraderie and firm.

Gender-neutral restroom services in the new faculties mirror the University’s dedication to allow college students of all gender identities to thrive on this campus.  That dedication is very necessary at a time when LGBTQIA+ people face rising ranges of discrimination and hostility in lots of sectors of society.

By creating new admission slots, the faculties additionally assist Princeton to proceed its efforts to draw and assist college students from all backgrounds.  I’ve made it a precedence all through my presidency to extend the socioeconomic variety of Princeton’s scholar physique, and I’ve described our progress in previous letters.

That work continues.  Our switch program, which focuses on army veterans and group school college students, doubled in measurement with this yr’s getting into class.  Although the program stays small — the enlarged switch class consists of 25 college students — I anticipate that it’s going to proceed to develop in the years forward.

As famous already, over the previous yr we made historic enhancements to our already best-in-class undergraduate monetary help program and to graduate fellowship stipends.  We anticipate that these modifications to undergraduate and graduate help will allow extra low-income and middle-income college students to thrive at Princeton, and that their magnitude and influence will surpass even the unprecedented 2001 reforms that changed loans with scholarships and thereby eradicated the want for Princeton college students to tackle debt. 

Princeton’s dedication to socioeconomic variety extends past its personal campus.  By the work of the Emma Bloomberg Middle for Entry and Alternative and Princeton’s management position in the American Expertise Initiative, we search to assist college students from low-income and middle-income households thrive not solely right here at Princeton but in addition at different faculties and universities all through the nation.

We’re additionally persevering with to discover new ways in which Princeton would possibly attain extra college students.  In my September 2020 letter to the group about the University’s efforts to advertise racial fairness, I mentioned that we might look at whether or not Princeton would possibly develop some kind of “continuing education, general education, or related outreach programs” which may concurrently “extend [our] educational mission to reach underserved populations” and “help to address the effects of systemic racism, and expand the horizons of our scholarly and educational community.”

We have now created a brand new place, the vice provost for educational affairs, partly to supervise this work.  Present efforts are specializing in how Princeton would possibly assist group faculties put together their college students for profitable transitions to four-year establishments.  We anticipate that we are going to have information to share about pilot tasks later this spring.

The Supreme Court docket Affirmative Motion Case

Social developments, in addition to technological ones, create challenges that we might want to confront in coming months and years.  As we search new methods to achieve extra college students, we’re additionally making ready for a call in the affirmative motion case now pending earlier than the Supreme Court docket.

Racial variety is crucial to Princeton’s tutorial and scholarly excellence, each as a result of we’d like the excellent expertise that exists in each sector of society and since we worth the studying that happens when individuals with completely different experiences and backgrounds work together with each other.  To satisfy our mission, we have to be sure that we’re embracing and cultivating expertise from all backgrounds.

Affirmative motion — extra particularly, the means to make use of race as one issue amongst others in a holistic admission course of — has been an necessary software in the effort to attain the variety that our instructional and analysis missions require.  When California and Michigan prohibited their public faculties from contemplating race as one issue amongst many when evaluating candidates for admission, the variety of scholar populations diminished in consequence.

For greater than a half-century, the Supreme Court docket has acknowledged the compelling worth of variety to schooling, and it has allowed legislators and school leaders some discretion about how finest to attain it.  That line of precedent is each sound and well-established, and I hope that the court docket preserves it.

The Supreme Court docket is more likely to challenge its determination someday between April and the starting of July.  Till then, we is not going to know the way the legislation would possibly change, or what choices we’d have out there in coming years.

If the court docket imposes new restrictions upon us, we should of course adjust to them — however we will even be artistic and chronic in our efforts to protect and construct upon the variety of our scholarly and academic group.  That variety is a supply of nice energy to this University, and will probably be important to our future and the future of this nation.

I’m assured that we are going to be as much as this problem and to the others that confront us on this turbulent interval. We have now, in spite of everything, been by lots collectively, particularly throughout the three years of this pandemic.

Our group has come by it with orange colours brightly flying:  As I mentioned at the starting of this letter, we’ve got a lot to have fun, and we’re strongly positioned to do much more.

I’m grateful to all of Princeton’s college, college students, employees, and alumni for the love, engagement, and assist that you simply give to this University.  I stay up for working with you to increase Princeton’s distinctive liberal arts mannequin to confront the challenges and seize the alternatives of a technological period that’s reshaping our world.


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