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State of the College 2010

  1. 1. State of the College Interim President Donald P. Christian 10/1/10
  2. 3. “ If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra
  3. 6. New Paltz rises in US News ranks <ul><li>7 th among the best public regional universities in the North, up from 8 th last year </li></ul><ul><li>33 rd among public and private regional universities in the North, up from 43 rd last year </li></ul>
  4. 7. Recognizing and celebrating our strengths <ul><li>A personalized, residential college experience </li></ul><ul><li>A high standard of rigor and academic expectation </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectually capable and committed students </li></ul><ul><li>Sustaining an open and diverse college community </li></ul><ul><li>A spirit of exploration, discovery, and artistry </li></ul><ul><li>Educating each student as a whole person </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual and cultural hub </li></ul>
  5. 8. The New Paltz Community
  6. 10. Commitment to high-quality teaching
  7. 11. Faculty scholarship and research
  8. 14. Student Union Building Atrium
  9. 15. Hopfer Center & Old Main
  10. 16. Future Campus
  11. 17. Wooster Science and Sojourner Truth Library
  12. 20. 10-year Reaccreditation Process
  13. 21. A curriculum that prepares students for successful lives and careers
  14. 22. <ul><li>Advising effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Course scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Degree, major, and GE requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Courses with high rates of D, F, W grades </li></ul>
  15. 26. <ul><ul><li>Academic Quality and Opportunity for Students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global – study abroad scholarships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional relationships and engagement </li></ul></ul>Comprehensive Fund-Raising Campaign Three Areas of Transformation
  16. 27. <ul><li>the Entrepreneurial Century </li></ul><ul><li>the Seamless Education Pipeline </li></ul><ul><li>a Healthier New York </li></ul><ul><li>an Energy-Smart New York </li></ul><ul><li>the Vibrant Community </li></ul><ul><li>the World </li></ul>Six Big Ideas : SUNY and …
  17. 29. “ Wonks” Group Advice and counsel to President and Cabinet Communication link across the College Cabinet – President, VPs, Chief of Staff 6 Cross-Institutional – CRREO, Development/Alumni, IR 3 Academic – Deans, Associate Provost 6 Administrative – Admin/Finance, Facilities, HR, Tech/IS 4
  18. 30. Administrative Council Other Assistant Vice Presidents Directors Associate Deans Department Chairs + Cabinet – President, VPs, Chief of Staff 6 Cross-Institutional – CRREO, Development/Alumni, IR 3 Academic – Deans, Associate Provost 6 Administrative – Admin/Finance, Facilities, HR, Tech/IS 4 Wonks
  19. 32. <ul><li>Reassess priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on core elements of mission </li></ul><ul><li>Reinvest in priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on student experience </li></ul><ul><li>Reclaim public mission </li></ul><ul><li>Build campus culture with capacity to change </li></ul>2009
  20. 33. New York State Capitol Building
  21. 36. Biomimicry : the science of studying nature’s best ideas and imitating them in designs and processes to solve human problems.
  22. 37. FACILITATION – positive interactions among organisms or species (neighbor = good) COMPETITION – negative interactions (neighbor = bad) Interactions in Plant Communities
  23. 38. High elevation sites – resource poor, cold, short growing season --stressful Low elevation sites – resource richer, more nutrients, warmer, longer season -- less stressful
  24. 39. Facilitation prevails in harsh, stressful, resource- limited environment Competition prevails in “richer” environment
  25. 40. Facilitation Multicellular Single - Celled
  26. 41. Colleges and Universities Facilitation Pre-recession Post-recession Multicellular Single-Celled
  27. 42. Reanae McNeal
  28. 44. Thank you. Questions?

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