Dean’s Bucket List considered a ‘best practice’ for student engagement

Focus on Accomplishments logoCampus Labs recently highlighted SUNY Broome’s Dean’s Bucket List as a “best practice” for creatively using technology to engage students.

Three years ago, Dean of Students Scott Schuhert created the Bucket List, which compiles 30 activities students should take part in before graduation. Activities include taking selfies with the dean and the college’s mascot, joining a campus club, attending a play on campus, checking out a book from the library, going to the Ice Center arcade and more.

The list encourages students to become involved in various aspects of college life, both becoming more familiar with the college and more engaged. All registered students can participate in the ongoing challenge, which can be completed at any time. Students who complete 25 out of the 30 items have their name engraved on the Hall of Fame.

The Swarm, the college’s student engagement network, is a critical component of the program. Participants report their experiences via a Swarm template, which invites them to upload a photo.

Some students have already completed the Bucket List, and more are in the pipeline, noted Dr. Carol Ross, Vice President for Student Development.

“Our goal is to bring the college to life, supplementing the academic experience and ensuring our students have a positively unforgettable collegiate experience,” Dr. Ross said.