Genesee Community College enrolled 6,521 students during the Fall 2005 semester, another all-time enrollment record, President Stuart Steiner reported to the Board of Trustees Monday evening. Enrollment of full-time students topped the 3,000 mark for the first time, with 3,112 students enrolling, a 5.9% increase over Fall 2004 enrollment. Enrollment of part-time students increased as well, with 3,409 students enrolling, up 9.1% from last fall's enrollment.
While several factors contribute to Genesee's continually increasing enrollment, the trend is first and foremost the result of excellence, President Stuart Steiner said. "Every day an extraordinary faculty and staff provides superior education to our students," he told the Board. "Students and families notice the diversity of our programs, low faculty-to-student ratio, and world class technology. Couple all of this with creative and dedicated faculty, and we can see why Genesee continues to be the top higher education choice for so many students."
The enrollment increase was supported by a growing number of applications for admission, and a rising number of applicants actually enrolling, said Dr. George W. Walker, Vice President for Student Services. Three thousand eighty five individuals applied for admission as full-time students, an 8.8% increase over 2004 applications. One thousand four hundred thirty eight of these applicants enrolled, an increase of 4.3% over the number of new students in Fall 2004.
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
•Approved a change of name for the College's Drafting degree and certificate programs. Once approved by SUNY and State Education Department officials, the programs will be known as "Computerized Drafting and Design." The name change reflects the growing emphasis on technology in the drafting profession, said Dennis Shine, Associate Professor of Drafting. A name change was suggested by the program's community advisory council, he said.
•Approved a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Genesee Community College Foundation, outlining the relationship between the college and foundation. The State University of New York has recommended that all 64 SUNY campuses have memoranda of agreements with their foundations.
•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that space is becoming very tight at the Orleans Campus Center, located on Route 31 in Albion. Dr. Steiner asked that the Board's Buildings and Grounds Committee review the Center's space needs and recommend ways to serve the growing number of Orleans County students who attend Genesee.
•Heard Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia Moore report that community colleges may now nominate outstanding faculty members for Distinguished Faculty rank, and Genesee is preparing procedures for nomination. This rank may only be bestowed by the State University of New York Board of Trustees and is granted only rarely, she said.
•Heard Vice President for Finance and Operations Patrick E. Richey report that work on the new Wolcott J. Humphrey III Student Union remains on schedule and on budget. Windows are now installed, and most site work around the exterior is also complete. Painting is coming to an end and tile is installed in the restroom areas. If work remains on schedule, the building will be complete in early December.
•Heard Dr. Steiner report that John McGowan is joining Genesee's staff as Technical Specialist for Career Programs. Mr. McGowan has served in a variety of roles with the Batavia City School District. He is also a 26-year veteran of Eastman Kodak Co. Mr. McGowan holds an A.S. degree from Genesee Community College, and B.S. and M.S. Ed. Degrees from SUNY College at Brockport.
•Heard Dr. Steiner report that Emily Merrill has joined the Admissions staff as International and Transfer Student Advisor. Ms. Merrill has served as a substitute teacher in the Alexander School District and holds a B.A. degree from Nazareth College.
•Heard Dr. Steiner report that Susan Drexel will serve a temporary appointment as Instructor of Sociology during the Spring 2006 semester. Ms. Drexel has taught at Genesee, SUNY College at Geneseo, and Monroe Community College. She holds an A.A.S. degree from Monroe Community College, a B.A. degree from SUNY College at Geneseo, and a M.A. degree from Kent State University.