Programs and Initiatives
The programs and initiatives listed below are fundamental to the IC 20/20 vision. Many are in the process of being implemented, while others are set to roll out over the next several years.
1. An integrative core curriculum: A new undergraduate curriculum was launched in the fall of 2013 dubbed “ICC” to leverage educational opportunities among all five schools. Students take a problem-centered approach to their general education programs by taking classes from a range of disciplines that are tied to an overarching theme they have chosen. The themes represent real-world questions and challenge students to apply everything they learn from across the college to explore solutions.
2. Global learning opportunities: The college has established learning centers in Los Angeles, London, and, most recently, New York City. Students leverage the programs’ highly regarded internship networks to gain hands-on experience while continuing to take classes taught by IC professors. Preparation to launch a learning collaborative in China is currently under way.
3. Residential learning programs: An enhanced first-year housing and learning program was launched in the fall of 2013. Faculty affiliates and upperclassmen provide guidance to residents and each housing community is strengthened through integrative service learning opportunities and theme-based programming.
4. Civic engagement and service learning: An Office of Civic Engagement has been established to provide expanded community service and course-based service learning opportunities.
5. Student and alumni mentoring: A formal student-alumni mentor program called IC Mentor Connect has been launched to further encourage partnerships between students and alumni, and encourage both groups to further benefit from each other’s experiences and build their professional and social networks.
6. Focused advising for first-year students: The Center for Academic Advancement was developed to expand the student advising experience. Professional advisors are available help students identify their pathways through the integrative core curriculum and link their educational and cocurricular choices to professional and career development.
7. Diversity programming: Several efforts will be launched to more strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups and international venues to join the college’s students, staff, and faculty. More diversity related educational programs and professional development programs will be offered to students, faculty, and staff.
8. Honors programming: The Ithaca College Honors Program is a highly enhanced liberal arts program that emphasizes critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and lifelong learning. The Honors community supports a culture of intellectual engagement through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities.
9. Alternative learning models and degrees: New online learning opportunities and integrated degree and certificate programs will be created to prepare students to cross over standard boundaries of expertise in the professional world.
10. Commitment to faculty excellence: A Center for Faculty Excellence has been established to further support faculty in applying the latest technology and teaching methods in the classroom. An endowed distinguished professor program will be launched to attract educators who have a vision for integrative education.