STUDENT COMPLETION AND SUCCESS EVENTS – FALL 2012
College Completion Symposium at Monroe Community College on September 24 featured national experts, including Kati Haycock (Education Trust), Eduardo Padron (Miami Dade College), Gerardo E. de los Santos (League for Innovation in the Community College), Estela Lopez (Excelencia in Education), and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.
SUNY joined nearly 500 public colleges across the country on October 2 by signing on to A Commitment to the Future, to boost the nation’s degree attainment, reducing time to degree, enhancing academic quality, and curtailing college costs.
SUNY participated in New York State Completion Day on October 3, sending a message to all prospective students that completing an associate degree ensures greater opportunities for scholarship and transfer throughout their college career and generates more job prospects following graduation. http://www.suny.edu/sunynews/News.cfm?filname=10.2.12SUNYCommunityCollegestoCelebrateCompleitionDay.htm
Best Practices in Student Success Conference at Cayuga Community College, on October 9, featured OnCourse, proven, learner-centered strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible, and successful learners.
On October 10, SUNY announced receipt of a $500,000 Credit When It’s Due grant for reverse transfer from the Lumina Foundation to identify and enable students enrolled at one of SUNY’s four-year institutions who had previously transferred from a community college without completing their associate’s degree to “reverse transfer” their credits back to the community college and be awarded an associate’s degree from the sending campus. http://www.suny.edu/sunynews/News.cfm?filname=10.10.12SUNYGrantforReverseTransferDegree.htm
Access is only half the battle. Completion is the other half, and SUNY will work to ensure that every student who walks through its doors leaves, on time, with a degree. Each campus will set targets to improve its completion rates. These targets will be set by the SUNY Council of Presidents and, once agreed upon, will be included as a factor in presidential evaluations.
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All of the goals are being advanced by the Provost's staff in partnership with Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO), faculty governance leaders, and the Student Completion and Success Task Force. For specific projects, other appropriate groups are also involved, such as the State University Business Officers Association (SUBOA), SUNY Registers Association (SUNY RA), the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), the SUNY Council on Assessment (SCA), and the Education Pipeline and Remediation teams. The A2S and Win-Win projects involve partnerships with national associations.
The Student Completion and Success Task Force will review the current state of each of these initiatives to provide campus perspectives, suggest directions for action and provide information on best practices. The Task Force will also suggest new initiatives that can help achieve the goal of higher completion rates in general, and for low income and under-represented minority students in particular, as well as increased successful transfer rates. The Task Force will monitor progress of initiatives and advise on modifications as well as prioritizing among on-going and possible new initiatives.
For a full listing of team membership, please click here.