The Board held several plenary sessions intended to provide trustees with insights into current issues of importance at Ithaca College and in higher education.
Chief Information Officer David Weil ’87, MS ’89 led a presentation on Analytics at IC and Strategy around Data with representatives from the Offices of Information Technology, Analytics and Institutional Research, and Business and Finance along with the Center for Student Success and Retention. The session helped trustees gain a better understanding of the data, research, and information that is currently available to inform strategic campus decisions and directions. Specific topics included data governance and security, how the College can continue to move toward a data-informed culture, and future projects intended to leverage key data and institutional metrics.
A session led by Dave Curry, Director of the Center for Career Exploration and Development, focused on the recent re-branding of the office and improvements to its services for students and alumni. The Center has changed the College’s model of student outreach to be one that better meets the needs of our current students, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, and in an ever-changing workforce landscape. Curry told trustees that the Center is looking forward to continuing to find ways to innovate its programming and build on faculty collaborations to better illustrate the importance of the career journey and the increasing value and focus on return-on-investment being placed on career outcomes as a part of higher education nationally and at Ithaca College.
The conversation on the topic continued over lunch, as trustees were joined by faculty and staff who have excelled at facilitating student career exploration.
Tim Downs, Vice President for Finance and Administration, was joined by representatives from the Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management and Office of Risk Management for a presentation on Risk Management and Fiduciary Responsibility. They provided trustees with insights as to how risk is managed at the College, an update on what the roles and responsibilities are of the Board and the administration regarding risk management, and a review of some of the specific risks impacting Ithaca College.
Laurie Koehler, Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Strategy, shared an update on preliminary new student enrollment metrics for Fall 2023, ongoing student retention efforts, and opportunities for the next enrollment cycle.