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Enrollment on Track for Fall

Can you believe that commencement is less than a month from today? Although the campus doesn’t slow down at all in April, the 2016-2017 school year will soon come to a close.

One office that is already looking ahead to next fall is Enrollment Management. The 2017-2018 preliminary enrollment report, shared earlier this week at both the President’s Executive Council and College Council, includes several points worth sharing campus-wide.

First, applications are up this year compared to last. As of April 5, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions had received 8,861 fall 2017 applications, an increase of about 3% over the 8,576 applications received by the same date in 2016.

The most significant factor contributing to application growth appears to be greater recruitment emphasis downstate. The college added an Admissions position last year to give us a more consistent presence on Long Island and in and around New York City. This additional effort seems to be generating greater interest in SUNY Oneonta.

Next, deposits for the fall 2017 semester also are on track to eclipse 2016’s total. Admissions reports being ahead by 68 deposits over last year as of April 7.

“Making the class” is important every year, of course, because students—and undergraduates, in particular—generate the largest segment of our operating budget through tuition, on-campus housing costs, and fees. In recent years, smaller high school graduating classes statewide have intensified competition among colleges for academically well-qualified applicants. On many campuses, this has led to the concern that lowering admission standards will be the only way to sustain sufficient enrollment.

I’m pleased to share that we are not seeing this. The level of achievement of prospects who have applied for admission, been accepted, or submitted their deposits is about the same this year as it was last year. The average high school grade point average of those who have deposited for fall 2017 is within a point of those who had deposited for fall 2016 at this time last year. This year’s depositors report average ACT and SAT scores of 24 and 1080. Last year’s had average scores of 24 and 1086.

With the deposit deadline for the Class of 2021 less than three weeks away, this is good news. Academically speaking, this fall’s first-time, full-time freshman will be just as prepared for college-level coursework as members of last year’s incoming class were.


Beta Gamma Sigma

Highlight: Buchan Wins International Award

Congratulations to Howard Buchan of the School of Economics and Business who received the 2017 Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award from the international business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma earlier this month. Howard has served as BGS advisor since our chapter’s inception in 2012. Dedication is one reason BGS cited for recognizing Howard. Others include his consistent encouragement of students, and his ongoing promotion of academic achievement and professional excellence. The honor society described Howard as the “driving force” in supporting his chapter. As Chapter Advisor of the Year, he serves as a model for the 575 BGS chapter advisors worldwide.

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Sport Management Major Approved

SUNY Deems Strategic Diversity Plan Excellent

TLTC Transition: an Improved Place for Partnerships


Sport Management Major Approved

Tracy H. Allen
Interim Dean, School of Social Science

Tracy H. Allen

It is my pleasure to announce that the college has received final approval from the New York State Department of Education to offer a bachelor’s of science degree in Sport Management. The Health and Fitness Department, within the School of Social Science, will launch the new program this fall.  Students can declare it as their major right now.

Sport Management combines classes in its core discipline with accounting, business, marketing, management, communications, ethics and psychology coursework, giving students fundamental knowledge and skills pertaining to organizations within the sports industry. This interdisciplinary approach reflects the growing trend in higher education to prepare students to work in fields that demand proficiency in many complementary skills.

Sport Management traces its origin to an environmental scan that the higher education consulting firm Noel Levitz conducted on the college’s behalf in 2014, which suggested that a health- and fitness-related program would be successful in attracting new students to SUNY Oneonta. At the same time, the Department of Health and Fitness, formerly Physical Education, was undergoing a rebirth, reducing its activity-based offerings to focus on creating academically rigorous courses that aligned with the college’s academic mission.

This transition led to implementation of curricular changes to the Sport Management minor in 2014-2015. When student demand for the revamped minor skyrocketed, the department responded by surveying students to gauge their interest in a full-fledged program of study in sports management. Ninety-seven percent of students polled in the Introduction to Sports Management classes said they would take more courses in the discipline.

We have every reason to anticipate a heavily subscribed program. Based on enrollment trends and market research, we conservatively project first-year enrollment of 28 students, with a best-case scenario of 60. According to national and regional data, graduates will enter a growing field. The New York State Department of Labor predicts 10.8% growth in the occupations associated with our Sport Management degree.

Launching an academic program is exciting, and it is a team effort. My thanks go to the Health and Fitness faculty for expanding a curriculum that has resonated strongly with students, so much so, in fact that the caps are exceeded in nearly every Sport Management class section. I am especially grateful to Janet Day, chair of Health and Fitness, for her leadership in bringing this new major to fruition and to Sandy Smith, lecturer, for her insight toward building a cutting-edge curriculum. 

Social Science is proud to support a new major that epitomizes our vision to integrate academic theory with experiential learning. With a smart curriculum that is in demand and meets job market needs, Sport Management is poised for success.

SUNY Deems Strategic Diversity Plan Excellent

Terrence Mitchell
Chief Diversity Officer

Terrence Mitchell

In late March the college received a formal response from SUNY to our Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. Our plan is the result of a collective effort, and last fall we worked nearly up until the submission deadline of Nov. 1 to finalize it.

I’m happy to report that our thoughtful work has been rewarded. In his letter to our campus, SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Office Carlos Medina shared high praise for our plan. He drew attention to how we respond to bias acts, our Preferred Name Procedure, UPD General Order 101.30 prohibiting racial profiling, and several other points that collectively demonstrate SUNY Oneonta’s leadership in diversity.

SUNY Oneonta is blessed to have many lenses for viewing diversity. These shaped the goals of our Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan:

  1. Increase the recruitment and success of students who represent the diversity of New York state residents.
  2. Increase the diversity of faculty, staff, and administrators to optimize conditions for all employees and provide students access to a plurality of diverse perspectives.
  3. Foster an understanding of power and privilege, and the complexities of individual and social identities to create a safe and inclusive climate.
  4. Make quality learning experiences equally accessible to all students.

“The goals are aggressive, and if implemented successfully, can have a major positive influence on Oneonta’s future diversity and inclusion initiatives,” wrote Vice Chancellor Medina. Because our college’s growing number of advocates are always moving us toward being the community we aspire to be, I am confident that we will accomplish what we have set out to do.

In concluding his feedback, Vice Chancellor Medina wrote, “Congratulations on an excellent plan.” This affirmation belongs to the campus community, and it’s my pleasure to share it.

TLTC Transition: an Improved Place for Partnerships

Michelle Rogers-Estable
Director of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center

Michelle Rogers-Estable

Since joining the SUNY Oneonta professional staff as director of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center (TLTC) in January, I have had the opportunity to meet many faculty and staff across the campus. I am increasingly impressed with the creativity and inspiration that so many bring to the students. In that time, I’ve been busy developing a new strategic plan based on feedback from the campus community, and guiding a renovation of our location in Milne B258.

In charting a course for the TLTC, I’m hoping to build upon the work that my predecessor Jim Greenberg did throughout his long career at the college. The TLTC always has and still does see human service as our keystone support area. As always, the TLTC staff is ready to assist faculty in projects and training, or just chat about design ideas.

Another exciting development is the partnership between the Faculty Center and TLTC, in which we are collaborating on projects in support of teaching, learning and scholarship. Thank you to everyone who came by the open house The Faculty Center and TLTC co-hosted yesterday. If you haven’t had a chance to see our updated lounge and computer work area, then please drop by. It’s a great space.

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