The EdUp Experience podcast spoke with President Shirley M. Collado about the infrastructure changes that are happening at Ithaca College. The hosts of the EdUp Experience, Elvin Freytes, Elizabeth Leiba and Dr. Joe Sallustio, asked Collado questions about aligning the infrastructure of the college with enrollment, as well as diversity in higher education.
Sallustio started by asking Collado about the enrollment realities caused by demographic shifts resulting in fewer college-aged students. Collado said that those enrollment realities have been looming for over a decade, and now the college is at an advantageous point to follow its bold and realistic strategic plan.
“One of the biggest parts of what we have to do is recalibrate the size of the institution,” said Collado. “For us that means we're getting more focused and responding more to academic programs in areas of interest that are relevant to students. Students are voting with their enrollment, they're voting with their majors and the classes that they take, and we need to be nimble enough to be very student–centered, and that doesn't always mean doing the same thing over and over again.”