Below, you will find a chart explaining the central goals and projects of the Office of Academic Affairs for 2010-2011. Clicking on each goal's number/title will bring you to a progress report (prepared in summer 2011). Download a complete set of 2010-11 goals and progress reports. <pdf>

We welcome feedback on our Office's work. Please direct your comments to Erika Dreifus, OAA Director of Communications.

PMP Goals
PMP Objectives OAA Goals Success Indicators Team Members
Raise Academic Quality
1. Strengthen CUNY flagship and college priority programs, and continuously update curricula and program mix 1.1. Continue planning for new community college Continue the development of the NCC. Complete and disseminate Letter of Intent. Complete application for opening a new college, secure approval of the Board of Trustees, and submit application for approval from SED. Hire initial faculty and essential staff. Design and occupy new NCC facility. Plan for arrival of founding president. Continue to secure external funding. *Mogulescu, Martí, Meade, NCC planning team
  1.2 Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) Continue to serve new and continuing students and measure the success of the program, emphasizing the expedited completion of developmental coursework, with funding from CEO and other external sources. *Mogulescu, Linderman, Martí, Ondrus, Rini
  1.3 CUNY and DOE Readiness Success Working Group Develop comprehensive action plan to better align the two systems. Outline and implement blueprint to increase graduation rates at CUNY. Secure external funding. *Mogulescu, Conrad, Mack, Martí, Steering Committee
  1.4 Hold first CUNY Conference on Community Colleges Provide venue for dissemination of evidence-based, successful practices in community-college education. Emphasize pre-college preparation, early interventions that enhance degree completion, and data collection/analysis. Aim toward bold and innovative approaches to improve student success. *Martí, others TBD
  1.5 Align health professions programs with the new federal healthcare reform legislation CUNY programs are consistent with professional trends, labor market projections, and workforce provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. *Ebenstein, Rini, Wrigley
  1.6 Enhance the use of technology in nurse education and the other health-professions programs Increase capacity in nursing simulation. Integrate electronic health records into the curriculum. Increase use of eportfolios. Increase number of online courses. *Ebenstein, Rini, Wrigley
  1.7 Enhance program data in the health professions Update and expand the Annual Nursing Data Report and Graduate Survey. Survey graduates of other health-professions programs. *Ebenstein, Littman, Wrigley
  1.8 Increase online and hybrid courses in CUNY Develop and implement a certification process for online and hybrid instructors. Pilot a shared approach to online introductory composition at multiple campuses. Support and oversee the piloting of hybrid courses at the nine campuses participating in the Hybrid Initiative. Extend access to online general education courses in SPS’s Online Baccalaureate to the CUNY campuses generally. Pursue new online degrees within SPS and at the campuses. *Otte, Dreifus, Mogulescu, Rini
  1.9 Enhance quality and efficiency of Middle States Self-Studies Coordinate campuses on the same review cycle. Facilitate meetings of key campus leaders (Self-Study chairs, CAOs or designees, institutional research staff, and others) to share Self-Study design, plans, timelines, and progress to date. Brainstorm and collaborate on data collection, analysis, and strategies. Increased tech transfer efforts, form start-up companies, build up CUNY CAT, etc. *Ondrus
2. Attract and nurture a strong faculty that is recognized for excellent teaching, scholarship, and creative activity 2.1 In keeping with the framework of the Decade of Science, enhance research commercialization and economic development. Increased tech transfer efforts, form start-up companies, build up CUNY CAT, etc. *Small (Budget/ Finance)
  2.2 Create mechanisms to support increased inter-campus research collaborations Increased submission of collaborative cross-campus external grant proposals. *Small, Caplan, Martí
  2.3 Enhance research, including by graduate students and undergraduates. Increased number of relevant grant applications and publications. Faculty research fellowships. Research conferences. Improved IRB and dissertation proposals (graduate students). *Small, Corrente Ebenstein, Martí, Rini (RF)
  2.4 In keeping with the framework of the Decade of Science, take next steps on ASRC Identify potential directors of five areas. Launch seminar series. Initiate major fund-raising campaign. *Small ( Development , Facilities)
Improve Student Success
3. Ensure that all students receive a quality general education and effective instruction 3.1 Enhance academic performance of SEEK/CD students on OIRA success measures Collect baseline data to assess efficacy of the Passport to Success model for students who have transferred from four CD programs to Baruch; complete Passports from KCC and BCC into Baruch; begin to replicate this model at Lehman. Set minimum attendance requirements in academic support and counseling services. Continue to decrease performance gaps between regularly-admitted and Special Programs students. *Williams, Ast, Jordan, Littman, C. Wade
  3.2 Increase student success in math Increase math college readiness assessment and accountability. Align DOE/CUNY math curriculum. Repeat math faculty awards each spring. Complete funded math research projects. Increase awareness/ usage of math education resources. *Logue, Crook, Kendrick, Lucariello, Ondrus, Watanabe
  3.3 Math remediation experiment Complete planning to begin experiment in fall 2011. Obtain funding. *Logue, Crook, Kendrick, Lucariello, Meade, Ondrus, Watanabe
  3.4 Statistics experiment Conduct pilot at Baruch in fall 2010. Conduct pilots/experiment at 3-4 campuses in spring 2011. Plan full experiment for fall 2011. *Lucariello, Logue, Watanabe
  3.5 Promote information literacy system-wide Advance CUNY’s Master Plan objective of working with major NYC employers to certify that graduating students have met CUNY’s information literacy goals. Continue to support and develop the Information Competency Tutorial, including assessment modules. Create rubrics for students to evaluate papers across the curriculum and CUNY campuses. Establish common information literacy learning objectives for all CUNY students. Develop communication tools and strategies to promote information literacy CUNY-wide. *Kendrick, Otte, Pond
  3.6 Review of policies concerning remediation Review policies related to placement of students into writing and reading remediation, and, in consultation with the Writing/Reading Advisory Committee, develop policy proposals for the chancellery. The review findings and proposals will be summarized in a report. *Crook, Dreifus, Hofman, Lucariello, Martí, Moy, Ondrus, Voloch, Wilks, Wrigley
  3.7 Improve accountability of CUE programs Continue developing revised CUE funding model to emphasize accountability and targeted funding for programs geared to student retention and graduation. Evaluate college reporting system for CUE block grants. Develop and implement evidence-based policies designed to foster student progress, academic success, and graduation. *Wilks, Wrigley [others tbd]
  3.8 Coordinate and facilitate work of Centers for Teaching and Learning Prepare report on the operations of CUNY colleges’ Centers for Teaching and Learning, similar to reports prepared on immersion programs, WAC, and international programs. Analyze different center models at CUNY and strengths/ weaknesses of each, to enable colleges to better assess and enhance their centers. *Wilks [others tbd]
  3.9 Develop alternatives to traditional textbooks that save students money and/or improve their access to instructional content. Develop survey questions and guidelines for the funded eBook pilots. Use results to develop recommendations for use of eBooks at CUNY. *Otte, Crook, (Ganeshram, Lader)
  3.10 Establish partnership between CUNY and the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) Compile research/program ideas from four working groups. Launch pilots at four participating campuses within fall 2010 semester. Create plan to continue and augment activities in spring 2011. *(Peck), Corrente, Jordan, (committee members)
4. Increase retention and graduation rates and ensure students make timely progress toward degree completion 4.1 Identify correlates of academic success at CUNY Continue “early alert” research. Develop time-varying predictors of student retention and graduation, taking into account group differences, major, and prior academic performance. Submit results for publication in a refereed journal and use the research to create a practical model that CUNY college administrators can employ to identify students at risk. Demo at colleges where there is interest. Continue research on the determinants of racial and gender gaps in academic success and insure that gaps do not widen as CUNY’s graduation rates improve. Prepare at least one report on gaps. *Crook, Anderson, Chellman, Wilks
Enhance Financial And Manage- ment Effectiv- eness
5. Improve post-graduate outcomes 5.1 Begin to increase retention of CUNY graduates in the teaching profession in NYC high-need schools Track retention rate of CUNY graduates (2005 onward) in NYCDOE schools via the NYCDOE’s teacher database. Undertake research study that examines teaching performance of CUNY graduates, to help determine kinds/aspects of their preparation that produce better outcomes and revise programs accordingly. Work with Education Schools to strengthen clinical preparation of teachers since low retention is believed to be related to some lack in teachers’ clinical experience and skills. *Lucariello, Crook, Littman, Prieto
6. Improve quality of student academic support services 6.1 Develop and implement a comprehensive, uniform Financial Literacy Program (FLEP) to improve students’ college readiness, participation, persistence, and graduation. Produce three modules that can be delivered CUNY-wide in workshop and online formats by fall 2010. Develop/ implement strategy for delivering program. Develop/implement assessment system. Identify and train at least 500 campus recruiters, advisors, and peer mentors across CUNY. Collect student participation baseline data by campus. *Jordan, Alvarez, Chellman, Duitch, Murphey, Murphy, Richardson, Rosa, (Clark, Fox, Shure)
7. Increase or maintain access and enrollment; facilitate movement of eligible students to and among CUNY campuses 7.1 Articulation and Transfer Develop systemwide policy options for improving CUNY’s transfer process, with the aim of reducing the number of credits not accepted for transfer or not accepted toward general education or major requirements. *Wrigley, Beatha, Crook, Jordan, Littman, Martí, Norz, Ptachik, Sukhanova, Wilks, Williams
  7.2 Management of increasing enrollment Colleges enroll only the number of students for whom they can provide a quality education. *Ptachik, Crook, Jordan, Logue, Martí
  7.3 Rationalize and implement system-wide policies via new Office of University Registrar Continue to rationalize and implement system-wide policies via the Office of University Registrar. Mediate the standardization goals of the CUNYfirst project student records component with the business practices of the college's registrar offices. Along with OIRA, collect university-wide, college-based data to form the basis for more accurate enrollment planning. *Ptachik, Bianco (CIS)
8. Increase revenues and decrease expenses 8.1 Continue to serve the City of New York through projects and partnerships with City and State agencies, and generate external funds to support these efforts Amount and renewal of external funding, city and state satisfaction with projects, number of people served. *Mogulescu and other members of his staff
9. Improve administrative services 9.1 Increase use of and support for technology in the libraries Work with CIS to ensure that hardware infrastructure is adequate for the needs of CUNY's libraries, that systems are routinely backed up, and that restore from backup procedures are in place, documented, and tested. Plan for an implement system migrations to newer releases of software and provide training to colleges on new software. Explore, review, and implement other library systems to support the research, teaching, and learning of the University.
*Kendrick, Bryan, Otte (CIS)
  9.2  Coordinate systemwide tobacco policy initiative
Present potential policies to enhance smoke-free air. Collect and analyze responses. Prepare recommendations for the Chancellor and Board of Trustees.
*Logue, Dreifus, Ebenstein (member of CUNY Tobacco Policy Advisory Committee)
  9.3 Effect Academic Affairs Sections of CUNY First Work with CUNYfirst technical team and subject matter experts to implement campus solutions module in as many CUNY colleges as can benefit from the software. Ensure that colleges are fully prepared before go-live. By early fall 2010, have a firm schedule which includes financial aid and admissions system milestones. *Ptachik, Crook (CIS, Deputy COO)
  9.4 Modernize admissions data systems. Through the CUNYfirst project or other means, establish a plan to modernize admissions data systems including customer relations management, on-line intelligent application, decision engine, and student data-base components. Future actions tbd pending admissions implementation plan from Oracle
*Ptachik (CIS)
  9.5 CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
SPH received CEPH accreditation. All faculty and staff lines are recruited. New Dean is recruited. SPH moves to its new building *Rini (Budget / Finance)
  9.6 Increase effective administrative oversight of SEEK/CD Initiate 4 Central Office site visits of SEEK programs and communicate outcomes and recommendations to colleges. Develop process for conducting internal fiscal audits in SEEK/CD programs and initiate two internal audits.
*Williams, Ast, Corrente, Jordan, Rini, St. Denny, Taylor