Genesee Gets Top Rankings in New Survey

Genesee Community College has received high satisfaction rankings from students in the State University of New York's Student Opinion Survey, the Board of Trustees learned this evening.Genesee received the highest student satisfaction ratings of any mid-sized community college in New York State on campus safety, classroom facilities, internships, and student newspaper and radio station. Genesee scored # 2 in many other areas, including availability of online courses, class sizes, use of computer technology in the classroom, feedback from instructors, respect for students by non-teaching staff, sense of belonging, concern of faculty and staff, and the social support network on campus.Dr. Julie Meyer Rao, Director of Institutional Research at Genesee, presented the results of the survey to the Board, which met at the Batavia Campus yesterday evening. The Student Opinion Survey is administered at SUNY campuses to gauge student attitudes toward their colleges. Survey results are independently compiled by the American College Testing Service.The survey was administered last year to randomly selected groups of students throughout the State University system. Survey results help college leaders understand the attitudes of students toward college programs, staff, and facilities. Student Opinion Survey results again confirm that Genesee is a leading community college, according to Dr. Larene Hoelcle, Vice President for Human Resources and Planning. "Through the survey, our students are telling us that we're doing an excellent job," she said. "Students recognize the value of small classes, personal services, and a warm, friendly campus," she said. "The beauty of the Student Opinion Survey is that it's independently prepared and scored. The results are impartial, and they tell us that we're moving in the right direction."In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:•Approved a technical amendment to the 2002-2003 College budget, entitling Genesee to an additional $7,134 in New York state aid.•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that the College will receive a $20,000 New York State legislative grant as the result of efforts of Assemblyman Charles Nesbitt and Senator George Maziarz. The grant will be used to develop an additional "smart classroom" - a classroom equipped with Internet access, high-tech communications capability, and modern instructional devices - at Genesee Community College at Orleans.•Heard Anne M. Garlock, Chair of the Board's Buildings and Grounds Committee, report that the Committee is reviewing the Batavia Campus signage. Mrs. Garlock also said that the Committee is looking at low-cost ways to make the Batavia Campus more attractive, such as new outdoor plantings and creation of space for student artwork in the William W. Stuart Forum.•Heard President Stuart Steiner report that overall enrollment at Genesee is up by 740 students during the Fall 2003 semester, an increase of 14.2%. Full-time enrollment is up 327 students, or 13.2%, while part-time enrollment is up 413 students, or 15.2%.•Heard Dean of Enrollment Management Virginia M. Taylor report that, as of October 28, applications from prospective students for the Spring 2004 semester are running about even with applications received one year earlier. As of October 28, 2003, 278 students had applied, while 281 students had applied as of October 28, 2002.•Heard Dr. Ruth E. Andes, Assistant Dean of Assessment and Special Projects, report that the College's general education assessment efforts - initiated by the Board of Trustees in 1998 - are well underway. Through the new assessment process, the College is able to measure student progress toward pre-defined program and course outcomes. For example, over the last two semesters, 1,570 students enrolled in basic communication courses were required to develop proficiency in oral discourse as an outcome. Assessment results, which are being tracked and analyzed by a new software system, show that 56.8% of students exceeded the standard; 20.8% met the standard; 10.3% approached the student; and 12.1% did not meet the standard. "Assessment helps us determine how well we're doing our job, and it lets taxpayers know what they're getting for their dollars," said Dr. Andes.