What is student success, and how can SUNY Broome foster it? That was the central question of a recent Academic Coffee House discussion hosted by Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Francis Battisti.
The frank and spirited discussion included representatives from the Teaching Resource Center, the STEM division, Academic Affairs, Counseling, Admissions and the Library, all of whom offered their perspectives and concerns regarding student success.
Thanks to initiatives such as Starfish and Achieving the Dream, SUNY Broome is better able to measure aspects of student success, Dr. Battisti pointed out.
With a diverse student population, the definition of student success may be similarly diverse, participants considered. Topics of discussion included the resources available to students and particularly Orientation, which has helped address many freshmen questions before the school year even begins.
From an academic standpoint, success also means helping a student transfer to a desired institution or getting a job after graduation, participants said.
Obstacles to student success include the high costs of textbooks, some of which can cost hundreds of dollars. Sometimes timing also may determine whether students can take advantage of available resources; the Summer Bridge program, for example, didn’t see the numbers it expected to draw because many prospective students are working.
You too can join the discussion by taking part in future Academic Coffee House events. The coffee and the discussion are free; just bring yourself, your lunch and an open mind.
“It’s important for me to stay in touch with what’s going on in the classroom,” Dr. Battisti said of the Academic Coffeehouse.