Albany -- The Baccalaureate
and Beyond Program has been an immediate success for Purchase College and its six participating community colleges. As a result, officials from the college
will hold a planning conference November 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany to determine how the program can best be replicated across the state so that more
students can experience its benefits.
Provost David K. Lavallee and Joseph Skrivanek, Professor of Chemistry and
Program Director of the Purchase College Bridges to Baccalaureate program, will
host a meeting of SUNY campus representatives to develop plans to replicate the
program so it can be adapted elsewhere. Representatives from 12 four-year
institutions and 11 community colleges will attend the conference, which will
be held Nov. 4, 2010, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, NY from 8 a.m. to 5
and Beyond program at Purchase College boasts a 70 percent success rate in four-year
degree completion, compared to 17 percent nationally,” said Provost Lavallee. “It
is also an excellent example of how SUNY is working to help disadvantaged and
underrepresented community college students complete their associate’s degrees
and seamlessly transfer to four-year institutions within SUNY to complete their
baccalaureate degrees. I am looking forward to working with faculty and staff across
the system as we take this successful program to the next level.”
was originally designed as a prototype that could be implemented nationally. Since
it began 10 years ago at Purchase College, more than 300 community college
students in Westchester and Rockland counties have participated in the Purchase
College program and successfully graduated from four-year institutions. The
program provides a seamless student transfer between participating colleges and
academic and financial support for students in the natural and social sciences
and the humanities, with faculty members providing mentoring, training, and
support at each others’ institutions.
conference will aim to identify ways to replicate this program within the SUNY
system, initially at three other four–year institutions and nine community
colleges. Representatives from 12 interested four-year institutions and 11
interested community colleges will attend.
participants include: Thomas J. Schwarz, President of Purchase College, Dr.
David Lvalee, SUNY Provost, Dr, Pedro Caban, SUNY Vice Provost for Diversity
and Educational Equity, Dr. Barry Warren, Associate Vice President for
Development at SUNY Oneonta, and Dr, Jeffrey Scott, SUNY Diversity Development
Officer, and Dr. Skrivanek. Dr. Scott and Dr. Skrivanek are the conference
co-chairs. The Keynote speaker is Dr. Shiva Singh, of NIH, Chief of the Special
Initiatives branch in the division of Minority Opportunities in Research.
Recent graduate Jonathan Mathis of the Matrix Corporation will describe his
experiences in the program at Purchase College.
will center on the elements of the two-year and four-year transitions and the
specific activities required to run the program. Poster sessions will
provide participants with opportunities to learn about the best practices
of the current programs. At the conclusion of the conference, Purchase College and the SUNY Provost Office of Diversity and Educational Equity will determine
which community colleges and four-year institutions are the best suited for the
first round of the project’s replication.
About Purchase College
Purchase College State University of New York is a major institution of higher
education encompassing the liberal arts and sciences, professional training in
the visual and performing arts, and continuing education and liberal studies,
along with the Neuberger Museum of Art and The Performing Arts Center. To learn
more about the Baccalaureate and Beyond Program at Purchase College, click
the State University of New York
University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 465,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
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