President's Message For Fall 2012

Welcome to the York College academic year 2012-2013. I trust you had a summer full of recovery and relaxation. We will have opportunities to talk about the many important initiatives that are underway at York, but I wanted to take this time at the beginning of the semester to specifically ask you to make some time to review the results of some of the ongoing projects that were undertaken during the academic year 2011-2012; and to anticipate the ongoing work of some of these important committees during the academic year 2012-2013.

The York College Pathways Committee:

During the fall 2012, the work to advance the Pathways project will move into high gear as course proposals advance to the College Curriculum Committee and then to the College Senate. As you are aware, this transformational work has been in progress last year, but will reach critical decision points in the fall. I ask that you assure you are well informed and that your department is fully and ably represented at the Curriculum Committee as these matters come on to its agenda. Should you need more information, please contact Dr. Donna Chirico, Dean Panayiotis Meleties or your department Chair. Please also see the CUNY Pathways website.

Retention and Graduation Outcomes:

In November 2011, The Retention and Graduation Task Force was created to assist me in shaping the college's future actions to improve student outcomes in first-year retention, advancement to the sophomore year and six-year graduation rate. The Task Force, composed of faculty, deans and other administrators, has made several important recommendations having looked closely at our York situation in the context of both regional and national trends and practices. We are now studying which of these recommendations can be implemented in the 2012-2013 academic year.


Also in November 2011, The Technology Education Task Force was charged to review York's current condition in the context of national trends and to identify some practical, implementable actions to better serve the technological demands of our college environment. The Task Force, composed of faculty, deans and other administrators, has made several important recommendations We are hopeful that some of them will be implemented starting in the 2012-2013 Academic Year.

Middle States Periodic Review Report:

Dr. Gila Acker, Dr. Donna Chirico, and Dr. Tim Paglione have been serving as co-chairs to this Committee. During the upcoming fall semester they will be bringing closure to a document that will form the basis for our submission in spring 2013.

The Charter Review Committee:

The Committee continues to make progress under the leadership of Dr. Linda Barley. The Committee has advanced beyond last year's broad strokes to some definitive recommendations that will be shared with the college community in fall 2012 with the expectation that some version of these recommendations will gain approval from the Senate in spring 2013.

York College's Annual Report 2011-2012 and our Goals and Targets for 2012-2013

York's Annual Report highlights for the 2011 - 2012 Academic Year were: increased enrollment, increased first-year retention, students' improvements in gateway courses, successful external accreditations and internal program reviews and increased results in fundraising outcomes.

For the Academic Year 2012-2013 as communicated to the Chancellor, our critical goals are to: achieve a balanced budget and a 1% reserve; meet enrollment and retention targets, improve graduation rates, continue to support students' improvements in gateway courses in Mathematics and English courses; attain reaccreditation of the Social Work program, support meaningful faculty scholarship outcomes, complete PPR, and advance the Charter Review to the Senate by Spring 2013.

Details of these topics are available on the President's page on the York College homepage under their specific headings. Pathways information is available on the CUNY website.

Thank you for your attention to these matters and I wish you the very best start to the academic year.