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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

agreement work.

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 –

The School

of Arts and Humanities, The School of Business and Professional

Careers, The School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering,

and

The School of Health Careers, Technology, and Applied Learning

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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

learning experiences.

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