S TAT E O F T H E C O L L E G E A DD R E S S
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Diligent stewardship of our resources, highlighted by a
balanced budget, has moved us from the second highest in
tuition among SUNY’s community colleges to the bottom
third. That’s one list I don’t mind being toward the bottom.
For four years, we have not increased tuition at Westchester
Community College. And that is a remarkable and rare
accomplishment for any college or university today.
Even while we have held the line on tuition and promoted
college affordability for our community, we have expanded
investments in the college’s mission. Here are some examples:
Our recent enrollment efforts and analysis indicate that we
are positioned for growth even amidst a national decline in
high school graduates and community college enrollments as
individuals spend more time at work and take fewer courses
and credits during a low unemployment phase.
Our implementation of the Strategic Enrollment Management
Plan, Saturday enrollment days, the addition of alternative
semester start dates, and more targeted recruitment
promises to yield positive results.
Other growth areas being explored are curriculum changes
such as industry-recognized certifications, stackable
credentialing, and broadening our online education offerings.
Rethinking how we serve students is continual.
We’ve invested more than $138 million in infrastructure,
supporting nearly 20 capital projects. This spring we’re
conducting a careful examination of our campus sites through
a campus master plan study, and more announcements on
that are forthcoming.
We’ve invested almost $19 million in technology, including
key software like DegreeWorks, Blackboard, and ETS Success
Navigator that enhance the student experience.