Thank you for joining me in-person and online for yesterdays’ State of the College. Our gathering offered a wonderful opportunity to engage with students, faculty and staff, and to provide an overview of where we are and where we need to be as an institution. What did you think? Please fill out this SURVEY so we can continue to enhance our presentations at our college.
While we look at all that has been achieved by our college, we must also take the time to focus on what was and was not working pre-pandemic. Yesterday’s gathering was the launch for us forward so that we may better serve our students and community, support our faculty and staff, and ensure a more equitable economic and social revival within our city.
I want to remind everyone of our institutional priorities for the year. These are based on conversations with faculty, staff, students, BMCC and CUNY administrators, and external stakeholders; a review of our institutional outcomes against our mission, vision, values, and strategic plan; and our commitment to continually improve as an institution. They are as follows:
- Increase enrollment by enhancing admissions and advising and addressing retention and transfer barriers
- Improve alignment between academic programming, student demand, and workforce needs through program review, enhancement of online offerings, and expansion of short-term programs
- Reduce equity gaps through greater support for culturally responsive and sustain pedagogy and expansion of comprehensive academic and basic needs assistance
- Expand access to comprehensive academic and student supports that are associated with greater student outcomes
- Cultivate career preparation, exploration, and development opportunities for credit and non-credit student populations
- Engage and partner with corporate and philanthropic partners to support academic programming, strengthen career development, and grow financial resources
These priorities align with our effort to create a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan and CUNY’s Academic Momentum 2.0. These endeavors must involve participation from all of us (students, faculty and staff), which is why I am inviting everyone to participate in two upcoming town halls.
- Enrollment Town Hall, in-person (Theater 2) and online scheduled March 29, at 11 a.m.
- Academic Momentum 2.0 (AcMo 2.0) Town Hall, in-person (location, TBD) and online scheduled on April 11, at 11 a.m.
These town halls encourage discussion of ideas and thoughts on how we can collectively work to better serve our students, support our faculty and staff, and be successful institution of higher learning. We are in this together.
I look forward to our collaborative efforts.
Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College