President's Monthly Report/Update- July 2022
Dear Campus Community,
I hope this email meets you in good health and spirits. I can’t believe that we have 34 days left before the start of the fall semester and the new academic year.
While I had the opportunity to take some time off, for the most part, my summer has been replete with reflecting on the on the past year and planning for the coming academic year. We are making steady progress toward meeting our enrollment targets. I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff in our EM and Advisement teams who have been actively advising and registering students as well as participating in Virtual Registration Processes. We know enrollment is critical, but this is only part of the equation. Our advisors work with students help to ensure their retention, persistence, completion and post graduate outcomes. In fact, we all share in this work.
VP Rivera continues to send weekly Enrollment updates to the campus. The Enrollment Management Division is working collaboratively with Dean Bondar and the advisement team to conduct outreach to unregistered continuing students and prospective first-time students. In addition, our Communication and Marketing team continues to engage in robust online and social media marketing efforts. Last Saturday the KCC team was out in full force in Coney Island as part of the I Heart Radio and 105.1’s Summer Barbeque with radio personality Angie Martinez. Later this month, EM will host a second and I know successful New Student/Family Day for incoming and prospective students.
As we look forward to welcoming students back to and to KCC, we continue to ensure we are in compliance with the \ university’s COVID Policy. The policy has been updated so please be advised of the following:
- Students who are new and/or returning to campus in the fall are required to be vaccinated.
- Students participating in on-campus activities will require proof of vaccination. Only medical or religious exemptions will be accepted.
- Students who are fully online are not required to be vaccinated.
- Booster shots are strongly encouraged.
- Face Masks will not be required at this time. Individuals can choose to continue wearing masks, and campuses must ensure masks remain available.
More information and updates can be found on KCC’s COVID-19 webpages and can be accessed here: https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/campusentry/COVID-19_Guidance_Safety_Hub.html.
Last week, Chancellor Matos Rodriquez issued communication regarding Monkeypox. This information has been uploaded to our hub at https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/campusentry/COVID-19_Guidance_Safety_Hub.html#monkeypox.
I extend a special thank you to Nurse Gale and AVP Cook for participating in a recent webinar facilitated by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in conjunction with public health researchers from several CUNY institutions to address the current state of monkeypox in the US. The webinar focused on and the impacts that stigma and misinformation play spreading fear and in isolating various segments of the population from treatment.
The contents of this presentation and discussion are archived on YouTube at youtube.com/watch?v=pjKEBmAfvY4. It can also be accessed by going to YOUTUBE and typing Monkeypox: How Communication Can Prevent Misinformation and Stigma in the search bar. For information, visit nyc.gov/health/monkeypox or signup for alerts by texting “MONKEYPOX” to 692-692.
Prior to the pandemic, changes were made with our advisement structure to align with a more holistic approach to supporting students. Now, given the challenges of the past two years, the focus on community colleges as engines of the economic recovery of the city, and the feedback we received from the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence as well as our partners within the Achieving the Dream network; we are once again prompted to consider how we can further better support not just student completion, but post graduate outcomes that enable them to earn a living wage.
We know from our data there are differences in the experiences of students within ASAP and those in the general population have been well documented and are evident in the different levels of academic success, retention, and graduation rates. Our goal is to ensure that develop a structure and practices that help to bolster the success of all students. To lead this work, we have created the position of Assistant Dean of Advisement. Reporting to Dean Bondar, the Assistant Dean will have oversight of ASAP and general advisement through the Kingsborough Advisement Academies, which will support the natural sharing of best practices from ASAP for appropriate levels of adaptation into general advisement. This will provide not only increasingly aligned supports for students but also provide opportunities for professional development of advisors.
I am pleased to share that Dr. Carey Manifold has accepted the invitation to serve as the Interim Assistant Dean for Advisement. She will have oversight of the ASAP Program, CUNY Start/Math Start Program, and the Kingsborough Advisement Academies. We are grateful to the ASAP program for fully funding the position and their investment in KCC. Also, as you know, after over ten years of service, Laura Glazier-Smith, tendered her resignation from the position of Director of Alumni Relations which took effect on June 29th. I am pleased that Aba Agolli has accepted the invitation to serve as the substitute Director of Alumni Affairs. Searches will be launched for both positions this academic year.
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting with NYC Councilmember Eric Dinowitz who also serves as Chairperson of the Higher Education Committee alongside two of our newly elected SGA members. Also in July, KCC’s senior leadership and academic chairpersons participated in a two-day end-of-the-year retreat. Moving forward, this model of including chairpersons in our end-of-the-year retreat is a practice we will continue. As faculty and leaders of academic departments their insight, input and feedback will help to ensure we fulfill our institutional mission.
The presentations by members of the senior staff were robust, yet it was only a fraction of all the efforts that their divisions are engaged in and have planned for the coming year. Thank you to entire college community, and to each of you for the part you play in helping fulfill the KCC mission.
For the past few years, Convocation has been held during the registration period making it impossible for EM and Advisement staff to attend. This year, not only it will be held after the start of classes, but we plan to have a guest speaker rather than have senior staff reiterate divisional updates that are routinely communicated in monthly reports. Convocation details will be forthcoming.
As you know the university’s hiring initiative has enabled us to hire a number of lecturers. In addition, we have hired a number of new tenure track faculty. We are excited to have these additions to the college community and will be hosting a reception to welcome them all to KCC. Details on this will be forthcoming as well.
Please save the date of September 15th for a meeting of the College Council where I will present what actions will be taken on the Governance recommendations that were submitted to me.
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank all our IT, Buildings and Grounds and custodial staff for the incredible efforts in preparing the campus for the new academic year. You will notice many enhancements when you make your way back to campus: the Breezeway is beautiful; the Financial Aid Office will look a little more fabulous; we’re getting more fancy in the Faculty Dining Room/Lounge; and the patio right outside the Hall of Flags is pure perfection.
I can’t wait for you to see it all and I can’t wait to see all of you.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!