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Facing the Global Economic Crisis
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A Message from President Jackson
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Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.
President of Rensselaer

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As we manage the effects of the worldwide economic downturn, it is important that we all understand the ways in which it affects Rensselaer, and the actions we are taking to maintain and protect the strength of the Institute.

We all have read in the national news media about the impact of the crisis on college and university resources everywhere. Institutions across the country have reported significant declines in endowment values and revenue sources, and are taking various actions to mitigate the resulting effects on their budgets.

Our goal is to protect the academic enterprise of Rensselaer. The actions we are taking are designed to address the additional financial need of our students who are impacted by the current economic crisis; to minimize tuition increases in the coming years; to enable continued faculty recruitment; and to meet required increases in contributions to the defined benefit pension plan that continues to support a number of our current faculty and staff, as well as those who have retired under this plan.

This website serves as a central resource and clearinghouse for news, information, and updates on our ongoing response to the economic situation. I encourage you to visit the site often as circumstances evolve.

Working together, we will overcome our challenges, continue to exceed our goals, and achieve the outcomes reflected in The Rensselaer Plan, with a spirit of cooperation and a commitment to excellence, leadership, and community.

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