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UB2020 records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 3-6-611

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of printouts from the UB2020 website as well as meeting minutes, reports, presentations, clippings and correspondence. Some of these materials, including annual reports and white papers, are digital. These records detail the findings and progress of the UB 2020 strategic planning process.


  • 2004-2016


Terms of Access

The UB2020 records, 2004-2016 is open to research.

Special Viewing Instructions

Access to digital material provided via the University Archives’ Digital Archives online repository.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

[The following has been copied from the "Overview" section of the UB2020 website found at]

At the core of the strategic planning process - UB 2020 - is the goal of changing how we think about what we do. This paradigm shift will advance academic excellence, making our university of of the nation's leading public research universities during the next 15 years. UB is creating a comprehensive plan to support the university's academic programs and best position them to realize their potential. The plan will be a roadmap that the university will follow to realign resources, make strategic investments, develop partnerships and recruit new faculty.

Identifying UB's strengths The first phase of UB 2020 was completed early in 2005 with the identification of 10 "strategic strengths" representing areas across the disciplines where UB has the best opportunities to build academic excellence and achieve significant academic prominence and recognition. The 10 areas are broadly defined, reflecting the fact that academic research is increasingly multidisciplinary. They grow out of UB's established strengths and areas of excellence, and have their roots in the distinctiveness of UB's faculty, research and creative efforts.

Building on strategic strengths Hundreds of faculty members are participating in retreats to create a vision for each of the 10 strategic strengths. Retreat leaders are authoring position papers identifying unique factors that distinguish or have the potential to set UB apart, as well as areas where the university should focus and invest to become a recognized leader. The position papers will identify resources and capabilities UB possesses, and those that will be necessary to achieve success. Timelines and five-year growth plans with appropriate milestones and a vision for the stages of growth also will be included.


3.5 Linear Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box)

0.1 Gigabytes (11 files)

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Materials related to the UB2020 strategic planning process.


The arrangement of this collection generally mirrors that of the UB2020 website. Each series contains materials for each different section of the UB2020 website.

Born-digital materials are integrated into their corresponding series based on content. The original order of the files is retained.

Related Digital Material

Acquisition Information

The printed materials found in this collection were downloaded from the UB2020 website. Digital materials were transferred to the University Archives by the Office of Research Advancement between 2016 and 2017 as part of accession 2017-014 and in November 2021 as accession 2021-019.

Accruals and Additions

Future accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by William Offhaus, December 2005, May 2007, October 2016. Additional material processed by Sarah Cogley, October 2017. Digital materials processed by Sarah Cogley, October 2018, and Grace Trimper, November 2021.

This collection was processed in accordance with the University Archives processing guidelines/policies. For more information, see


Finding aid for the UB2020 records
Finding aid prepared by William Offhaus.
May 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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