BU plans for growth in numbers and quality

By Brandi Bailey

September 20, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University held its first council meeting of the fall semester Friday morning. The university is looking to grow in more than one way.

BU's council determined the university has been successful in keeping up with goals and guidelines for its road map and NY SUNY2020 Plan. President Harvey Stenger says there's still plenty of work to be done on campus.

"We have another step this year, two more years of SUNY2020 and we think we're on target to make those improvements in the environment. At the same time, we want to grow our research programs," Stenger said.

BU also hopes to work on a growing enrollment. While the university prides itself on a strong undergraduate program, its masters and PhD programs need work.

The university hopes with a new pharmacy program in the works, that it will encourage graduate students to come to BU and stay in the area.

"We just recently submitted our letter of intent to start a pharmacy program. We hope to hear about that in the next couple of months," Stenger said.

Stenger says the program has the potential to unite faculty members that are already doing pharmaceutical research.

Stenger emphasized that while it's important for the university to add students and staff to campus, it's determined to make sure the quality of education doesn't suffer because of rapid growth.