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when we took a deep dive into our data, as required for the
application process, what we saw very clearly was that the
greatest area of reform for this institution will be in the area
of college readiness, and that’s because more than 80 percent
of the students who come to us need at least one remedial
course. It’s imperative that we evaluate and strengthen how
we serve students in our developmental courses. In the past
year we’ve seen increased numbers of students getting into
their gateway college math and English courses and those
courses serve as the prerequisite for them to experience their
major course of study more fully. I am encouraged by the
work many of our faculty members are doing in mathematics
and English and see that our forthcoming application for the
Hispanic Serving Institution Title V grant as another way to
add resources to the college to help students navigate these
academic and career pathways. The grant could help us to
support faculty in developing new strategies to help students
successfully complete developmental education courses.
This grant can also help:
assist us in incorporating innovative IT resources to help us
track and support students on their academic journey
expand professional development for faculty and staff,
and provide more student support such as more hours for
tutoring and counseling services, and
offer more specialized transfer and articulation
So I want to give a special thanks to the cross-functional
team that’s working to prepare our application, which we
will submit to the U.S. Department of Education in just a few
weeks. If you see any of them, please say thank you.
But readiness is only one piece of the student success
equation. For those who run marathons or watch them (like I
do) readiness represents just the first few miles of a marathon.
How we retain and serve students throughout their academic
journey – the full marathon – is also critical to our work.
SUNY’s goal of 150,000 degrees more per year provides the
impetus for bolstering the work we do in graduating community
college students. Each of our academic schools –
of Arts and Humanities, The School of Business and Professional
Careers, The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering,
The School of Health Careers, Technology, and Applied Learning
provide clear pathways for students in cohesive frameworks.
Faculty across the schools are working to align their curricula
with some of our emerging signature experiences.
A refreshed marketing campaign for our extension sites, where
we work to offer the right classes at the right times, will also
be a part of our new approach to engaging students in quality