Improve Operational Effectiveness
In looking toward 2020, the College will focus on key areas of operational effectiveness to assure financial strength and vitality, improve campus infrastructure both in terms of physical plant and technology, inside and outside the classroom, and undertake several key human resources initiatives.
Over the past year, the College has invested in tools that create efficiencies, simplify administrative processes, and attract prospective students.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness completed the implementation of Taskstream assessment software to streamline strategic planning assessment, as well as facilitate course student learning outcome assessments.
The Office of Admissions has sought out a number of ways to streamline the College’s application process, including:
- The implementation of the Common Application system, which will improve the College’s ability to attract out-of-state and international students.
- The transition from a fee-based external credential evaluation organization to internal evaluations by the Office of Admissions, which will alleviate financial costs incurred by international students.
- Connecting with potential students by hosting information sessions at a number of community events, such as the Gouverneur and St. Lawrence County Fair, the New York State Fair, the Bassmaster Elite Series event and the Empire Farm Days.
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In an effort to increase retention rates, a pilot project began this year to identify students who may be experiencing academic challenges early in the semester and encourage them to take advantage of various resources available on campus, such as tutoring, advising, and counseling.
A fundamental component of SUNY Canton’s ten-year plan involves establishing realistic targets for the number of students attending the College each year through 2020.
SUNY Canton continues to develop innovative strategies that raise retention and graduation rates, as well as attract a larger pool of students with a demonstrated aptitude for baccalaureate study.
The College established an Enrollment Management Working Group to gather and evaluate retention and graduation rates, enrollment trends, and other demographic data to make recommendations to the strategic planning body.
The highly successful First Year Experience Program is in its fifth year and has been instrumental in boosting semester to- semester retention rates. Approximately 83 percent of students in the program continued from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015.
The College was one of 17 SUNY schools selected to offer online degrees as part of the Open SUNY+ initiative. The programs were chosen for their capacity to meet current and future workforce demands throughout New York State.
Enrollments for the College’s highly popular online Winterterm and Summer Sessions continue to grow.
SUNY Canton increased its articulation agreements from 61 to 155 during the past year, and there are currently an additional 196 agreements in progress.