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President talks numbers at College Council

by Katherine Fernandez
Tue, Mar 5th 2019 10:00 pm

The third College Council meeting of the academic year was called to order on the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 26. The meeting started with an announcement stating the reappointment of Lauren Kelly and the appointment of Bridgette Wiefling to a full term on the council are being processed. Council members are appointed for a seven year term by the Governor of New York. Wiefling was previously appointed to serve only a one year term. The council is also in the process of filing a vacant spot. 

President Heidi Macpherson addressed the draft purchase and sale agreement drawn up with the Rochester Economic Development Corporation for the sale of the Brockport MetroCenter. Brockport has been given preliminary approval for the $1.58 million sale. 

Next on the agenda, Macpherson informed the council that the Masters in Social Work program is now running independently from its longstanding partnership with Nazareth College. This move comes as a part of Brockport’s plan to increase the number of students enrolled in graduate programs, along with expanding the graduate programs already existing at the college and creating new ones.

Macpherson attended the State of the University Address in Albany recently, where Brockport’s Rochester Equal Opportunity Center (REOC) Executive Director Roosevelt Mareus was championed as a prime example of the opportunities that the SUNY system can offer. Mareus went from working as a security guard at REOC and, after attending The College at Brockport, worked his way up to his current position. The address also highlighted the Chancellor’s desire to diversify college faculty members through her new Prodigy project. The College at Brockport has received a grant to hire a faculty and staff diversity recruiter as a part of this project. 

The total number of students enrolled this spring semester comes out to 7,738, a slightly lower number than last year. Macpherson emphasized that any disparity in numbers between fall and spring is a result of students having graduated. She also addressed the retention rate, adding that students who have unmet financial need are most likely to leave the college. The council is seeking to provide more aid to students in need as well as working on retaining more men of color and students who are undeclared.

The floor was then opened to questions from council members. The council proceeded to discuss new hires, community engagement and budget allocation. The next and final College Council meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, April 30.