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College Receives $1.88 Million Title III Grant

College Community:

SUNY Orange received exciting and wonderful news last week that we will receive a Title III Federal grant totaling $1,886,481 for a project entitled “Transforming the Student Experience to Increase Engagement, Persistence and Retention.”

Over five years, this grant will allow us to increase student retention, raise graduation rates and strengthen student engagement. Only 14 colleges were awarded grants in this round of funding by the Department of Education. In all, the Department of Education awarded $5.4 million to its Strengthening Institutions Program.

It is hoped that SUNY Orange's project, “Transforming the Student Experience to Increase Engagement, Persistence and Retention” will systemically change the way the College and students interact, from the business processes involved in enrollment, through orientation and entering classes. We plan on instituting a case management style of advising, and providing extensive outreach and interventions to students that will be enabled by robust, infused technology.

We will restructure the College’s student services into a single, comprehensive, web-enabled, one-stop center organized around a customer-service model, Student Services Central. This will integrate the enrollment services of admissions, registration, financial aid, orientation, and advising/counseling into a seamless process with one point of entry for all students. Integrating these systems and processes will simplify and demystify the college experience and provide support for at-risk students, particularly those who are low-income, from ethnic minorities, and/or the first in their families to enter college.

A new robust portal will serve as the host for all student engagement services; enabling 24-hour anytime/anywhere access for students and faculty alike.We will also integrate virtual support mechanisms (online webinars and videos, for example) for students, and establish a Transitional Advising Program that will provide second semester career advising.

Gerianne Brusati, program director, will be sharing more information as the project moves forward. A special thank you to all of the departments, administrators and faculty members on campus who supported this grant proposal with much time and effort.


Judy Osburn

Judy Osburn
Grants Office