Under each division are departments with identified retention initiatives/efforts that have been deemed effective in retaining students based on review by the President’s Advisory Council for Undergraduate Retention (PACUR).
By clicking on an office name, one can view any retention initiative/effort coordinated by that department; any evidence that suggests the initiative/effort contributes to retaining students to their second year; and/or assists students in reaching 60 credits, how student’s needs were assessed in developing the initiative/effort, the team charged with planning, delivering, and assessing the initiative/effort, how the initiative/effort is assessed to determine its effectiveness in retaining students, goals and student learning outcomes associated with the initiative/effort, and any resources needed by the department to enhance the initiative/effort or assessment of their work.
Student success at Buffalo State encompasses a variety of experiences that contribute to students building a sense of belonging, includes an array of engagement activities with peers, staff, and faculty that support students curricular and co-curricular passions, and incorporates holistic development that leads to a thorough understanding of information, continued education and/or career opportunities.
Retention at Buffalo State revolves around specific departmental, divisional, or institutional goals with specific outcomes that are measured for their effectiveness in retaining students.
The President’s Advisory Council for Undergraduate Retention (PACUR) convened in fall 2019, and the president charged the provost and the vice president for student affairs to lead this group.
This group will inventory campus retention initiatives and determine their success in retaining students and Buffalo State and submit recommendations about where efforts should be focused.
Members: Gabriel Marshall (Chair), Lisa Fronckowiak-Morrison, Yanick Jenkins, Amy McMillan, Denise Harris, Sarah Young
This group will develop recommendations and an inventory related to assessment of current and future programs.
Members: Kimberly Kline (Chair), Connie Cooke, Michael Heflin, Jevon Hunter, Jeffrey Ventura, Amitra Wall
This group will develop recommendations on aspirational annual goals related to retention increases and the data recommended to monitor.
The work of this advisory council is ongoing and will culminate with written recommendations to the President and cabinet for review and consideration when developing the College’s next strategic plan.
Members: Rock Doyle (Chair), James Finnerty, Yves Gachette, Dwight Hennessy, Carlos Jones
In October of 2018, Buffalo State College was awarded a $2.19 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The grant is part of the DOE “Strengthening Institutions” program. The program helps eligible IHEs to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.
Buffalo State and InsideTrack partnered to develop a Student Journey Map that detailed the student journey from inquiry through their first year, mapped specific campus roles, highlighted key milestones for the purpose of creating role clarity, detected institutional silos, identified the current and ideal state of the student journey, and created recommendations for cohesive improvements with a focus on enhancing student success and retention.
The Bengal Success Portal (powered by Hobsons Starfish) serves as the college’s Retention Management System (RMS) and provides a communication platform for students, staff, and faculty to interact.
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