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Five years after President Stuart Rabinowitz began his tenure as president of Hofstra University with the start of the fall 2001 semester, many of the changes that he called for at his inauguration have come to pass, helping to transform Hofstra University into the institution it is today.
In his October 19, 2001, inauguration address, President Rabinowitz posed the following questions:
• How can we enhance our use of new information technology without diminishing our commitment to in-person, human interaction between faculty and student and between student and student?
• How shall we adapt our curriculum to prepare our students to work and live in an increasingly global economy and interconnected world?
• How can we increase our success recruiting the best students and faculty in a highly competitive environment that will include not only equally ambitious private institutions, but aggressive public and forprofit entities as well?
• In light of constant rising costs, how can we obtain the resources necessary not just to maintain our position in the nation's academic hierarchy, but to enhance it?
Working with senior administrators, alumni and the Board of Trustees, President Rabinowitz was able to respond to these questions in a manner that took a university with a sound regional reputation and a student body that hailed mostly from the metropolitan area and the Northeast, and transformed it into a nationally known institution that is attracting higher quality students from across the country.
Over the past five years, President Rabinowitz:
The results of these changes can be seen across campus in new building projects and renovations of existing structures, in added faculty and programs, and in the student body. A snapshot of the first-year class for the 2006-2007 academic year shows: