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Our Story

Scaling: 2018-Present

New Approaches

  • Partnering with BOCES and regional community colleges to expand recruitment and applied learning.
  • Developing peer mentor program to extend the reach of our services on campus.
  • Building Applied Learning micro-credential (or "badges") for students in Volunteerism and Career Readiness.

New Goals

  • Implementing Handshake, an industry-leading software for student communication and records management.
  • Creating and marketing 15-20 new scholarships for applied learning students.
  • Beginning targeted alumni outreach to support mentoring goals.

Curriculum

  • Teaching several sections of exploratory career course aimed at increasing student persistence.
  • Sending two faculty and staff to Puerto Rico to lead SUNY-wide New York Stands With Puerto Rico service learning courses.
  • Developing student learning outcomes for the new General Education Pathways program.

Next Phase: 2017-2018

New Programs

  • Career Services joins Academic Affairs as part of Applied Learning; 2 new Career Coaches are hired.
  • The Honors Program and Presidential Scholars are combined with Student Research to form The Office for Student Research and Creativity.

Lougheed

  • Donald and Kathryn Lougheed give $5.25M to support the work of the Center for Applied Learning, which is renamed in their honor.
  • Two rounds of Lougheed Applied Learning Grants are awarded to faculty, funding 21 faculty from 15 departments.

Commitment

  • Applied Learning is included as a requirement in the proposed revision to General Education requirements.
  • Applied Learning is an explicit goal in the strategic plans for the campus - A Vision For Our Best - and for Academic Affairs.
  • First assessment of demographics of student participants in Applied Learning is completed.

Expanding and Engaging: 2016-2017

The Center

  • SUNY granted the Center for Applied Learning $750K in Performance Improvement Funding.
  • The new Center recorded 1,120 individual student appointments.
  • The cross-departmental Global Experiences international internship program was piloted and operationalized.

Offices

  • Facilitated and financially supported 6 travel courses, and approved 8 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Maintained 2015-2016's record-breaking internship participation, sending 501 students on internships.

Growth

  • Delivered 14 service learning courses, and developed 4 new courses.
  • Established the Cuba Initiative, sending 16 faculty and staff and 40+ students to Cienfuegos, Cuba to study.
  • Established the Law Enforcement Training Institute, providing exemplary pre-employment police training to criminal justice students.

Founding Year: 2015-2016

Reorganization

  • The Center for Applied Learning was established.
  • Initial offices included Experiential Education, International Education, and Student Research.
  • Physical space was renovated and opened, co-locating all offices in the main library commons.
  • The Center's ribbon-cutting was held on February 3, 2016.

Financial Support

  • Richard and Joy Dorf make the first gift to $1M to help the College establish the Center for Applied Learning.
  • Sally (Hanna) and Richard Gilchrist pledge an additional endowment, with annual giving until it is realized, to establish the Gilchrist Award for Applied Learning.

Research

  • A 7-part Applied Learning Plan is completed for SUNY administration, detailing campus goals.
  • All campus courses and programs assigned SUNY codes for assessment of Applied Learning  uptake.
  • The Applied Learning Think Tank formed to investigate campus strengths and challenges.