Although Bradeis does not have the financial backing it once did, in 2008 alone, the University completely rebuilt the Ridgewood dorms, constructed the Shapiro Science Center, and demolished the admissions center to build a new one. In 2010, the creation of the Mandel Center was completed. However, in an effort to solve its financial crisis, the Board of Trustees foolishly decided they wanted to close the Rose Art Museum and sell the collection, all without consulting students, alumni, or the Rose itself. The whole fiasco caused public outcry and backpedaling that has hurt Brandeis’ reputation more than it has helped the finances.
Some recent improvements to the gym have been made, but the University does not have enough money to complete necessary work on the Lindsey Pool, so it has been shut down indefinitely. Upkeep, rather than construction, should be the focus of the school, but that does not appear to be happening anytime soon. Many students have reported that the facilities department does not respond to complaints in a timely fashion.