Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Stanley updates MSU community on university achievements, campus safety in Nov. email

November 23, 2021
President Stanley walks on stage to deliver a brief welcome speech at Sparticipation on Aug. 31, 2021. The event was held in-person at Cherry Lane Park, after being forced to move online in 2020.
President Stanley walks on stage to deliver a brief welcome speech at Sparticipation on Aug. 31, 2021. The event was held in-person at Cherry Lane Park, after being forced to move online in 2020. —
Photo by Devin Anderson-Torrez | The State News

Michigan State University President Samuel L.  Stanley Jr. updated the MSU community on recent university accomplishments in an email sent to students Nov. 23. 

MSU makes academic strides

In his email, Stanley detailed various academic advancements that the school has made.

He noted the seven-year upward trend of MSU’s graduation rate — the rate of graduation increased from 81.3% last year to 82.1% this year.

“The six-year graduation rate is a key indicator of the success of our students and the university,” Stanley wrote in the email. “This year, it was great to see progress for some groups of students exceed the overall increase, notably Black students and those receiving federal need-based Pell grants.”

Stanley explained that in order to continue the positive graduation trend, MSU will continue to invest in student support systems. The university continues to aim for an overall graduation rate of 86% by 2030, as outlined in the strategic plan.  

Stanley also wrote that faculty plays a huge role in student success, commending the faculty for MSU’s recent ranking among the top 60 universities in the world and ranking in the top 6% of the broader Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

“It’s always great to see others recognize what we know about Michigan State’s faculty, who are dedicated world-class scholars driving the university’s research, instruction and external engagement and making a real difference in the lives of students and the society we serve,” Stanley wrote. “In this case, being recognized by academic peers around the world is particularly rewarding.”

Updates on campus safety

Stanley thanked those who participated in the virtual town hall to share information and address concerns about missing Grand Valley student Brendan Santo, as well as thanked those who have volunteered information on the disappearance or participated in the search.

Stanley also reminded students that MSU will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, staff and faculty next semester; regular testing through the MSU Early Detection Program will still be required for those granted vaccine exemptions. MSU will also continue to require masks indoors.

He wrote that vaccination among students, faculty and staff now exceeds 91%.

“Through this fall semester has done a great deal to limit the spread of the virus and allow us to offer in-person living, learning and activities,” Stanley wrote while reminding students of the continued requirements.

Stanley recognizes additional MSU achievements

Stanley congratulated the men’s water polo team for their win of the men’s collegiate club national championship and the women’s and men’s cross country teams for competing at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Stanley also gave thanks to Greg and Dawn Williams for their $10 million commitment for expansions and renovations to the Tom Izzo Football Building. 

Additionally, Stanley detailed a campus symposium he participated in to help frame ethics further into all dimensions of MSU, as well as the new autonomous bus that’s set to be deployed on campus in early 2022.

Spartans give thanks

Stanley briefly recapped the two ceremonies that recently took place to recognize the generosity of Spartans. At the 75th Alumni Grand Awards Gala, Spartans who’ve made impactful contributions to their communities, companies and the university were honored. At the Thanks for Giving Luncheon, 5,259 faculty, staff and retiree donors were celebrated for their collective $21 million in donations last year.

Stanley ended the email by wishing Spartans a joyful and safe holiday season, encouraging both the flu shot and the COVID-19 booster.

Do you want the news without having to hunt for it? Sign up for our morning s'newsletter. It's everything your friends are talking about and then some. And it's free!



Discussion

Share and discuss “Stanley updates MSU community on university achievements, campus safety in Nov. email” on social media.