Educational Deep Dives
On Wednesday, February 8, our IC community was honored to host a lively discussion in Emerson Suites featuring three distinguished higher education authorities: New York Times best-selling author and trustee Jeff Selingo ’95, enrollment strategist Adrienne Amador Oddi, and economics professor and author Dr. Nathan Grawe.
After graciously sharing his perspectives with the panelists and an audience of students, faculty, staff, and community members, Trustee Selingo presented at a dedicated plenary for trustees on Friday, during which he provided in-depth context to deepen their understanding of the current landscape in higher education. On behalf of our entire Ithaca College community, we thank Trustee Selingo for his commitment to sharing his expertise with his alma mater.
Trustees continued to enrich their understanding of trends in higher education — and how Ithaca College is responding to them — during a presentation on the impact of the college’s Center for Student Success and Retention (CSSR). Dr. Elizabeth Bleicher, dean for student success and retention, and Dr. Jacqueline Winslow, executive director for student success and retention, provided trustees with detailed updates on the center’s efforts to date.
CSSR’s work is grounded in six primary strategic initiatives, one of which is the development of a research agenda to identify key opportunities to impact the overall student experience, with the goal of influencing retention and graduation rates. Launched in August 2022, the center has made great progress on overarching systemic changes while also having already directly served over 300 students throughout the fall semester.
Trustees further immersed themselves in the college’s efforts to remove barriers to student success during an educational deep dive on the college’s financial aid strategy. Shana Gore, executive director of student financial services, and Laurie Koehler, vice president for marketing and enrollment strategy, shared how IC has developed and implemented new approaches to our financial aid strategy to better leverage resources, strengthen enrollment, and provide greater transparency to students and their families and supporters.