BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo State College plans to increase its number of full-time faculty members to its highest level in 15 years, College President Aaron Podolefsky told the campus community Thursday.
Thirteen professors were hired for this fall, bringing the total to 416 full-time faculty members. The goal is 433 over the next three years, which is the same level as 1997.
"The initiative will enhance our already outstanding educational quality which is provided by our current faculty and should enable us to reduce our reliance on part-time faculty to a more appropriate balance," Podolefsky told a standing-room only crowd in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Other points of the speech include:
• Podolefsky said the college is on sound financial footing, despite dwindling state funding.
In response, the college has reduced expenses and increased its fundraising, recently taking a $20 million campaign public.
"We are confident our budget is sufficiently stable to meet our continuing demands," Podolefsky said.
He warned, however, that the State University of New York is developing a new budget model for allocation of tax dollars and said it is "uncertain" what effect that will have at Buffalo State.
• Podolefsky said the school is responding to perceived parking issues with a number of ideas, and that he hopes small technological improvements such as electronic notification of available spots and of bus arrival times will be enacted by this time next year.