Institutional Objectives

1. Enhance the assessment of student learning and development and utilize evidence to strengthen programs.


  1. Student learning outcomes assessment plans for all academic and student support programs by spring 2019
  2. Articulate student learning outcomes for every course by summer 2020
  3. Accreditation with commendations as relevant by 2020
  4. Evidence of using data to strengthen programs in annual reports by 2020
  5. Evidence of using data to strengthen student learning in courses in faculty annual reports by 2022


  1. Student Learning Outcomes Committee continue work with programs and departments
  2. Revise annual report to focus on outcomes and SLO as relevant
  3. Transition all annual reports to Watermark ($50,000 allocation for faculty and staff stipends
  4. Professional development on assessment practice with Institute for College Teaching and Student Learning Outcome Committee
  5. Expand department use of data retreat to review data and make decisions
  6. Create database of all accreditations, possible commendations, and existing recognitions

2. Improve student achievement in written and oral communication.


  1. Achievement in new CPN assessment baseline created in 2018 and reassessed in 2021
  2. Achievement in Writing Intensive coursework based on new writing intensive/critical thinking
    Baseline in 2018-19 and review in 2021
  3. Achievement in oral presentation skills based on new assessment developed in
  4. Increase senior response on NSSE. Percent that perceive an gain in:
  5. Compare freshmen to senior response: want to at least have zero
  6. Speaking clearly and effectively
    Baseline 74%
    Target 85%
  7. Writing clearly and effectively
    Baseline 74%
    Target 85%
  8. SOS
    College has contributed to writing clearly and effectively agree/SA
    2015 3.7
    College has contributed to speaking clearly and effectively
    2015 3.67


  1. Creation of Writing Center focused on Composition and Writing Intensive ($50,000 allocation for space)
  2. Presentation skills One Button Student ($11,000/3,000 allocation for software and hardware)
  3. Increase frequency of composition evaluation to every other year
  4. Development for writing intensive faculty

3. Increase persistence and degree completion for first-year, transfer, and underrepresented students.


  1. First-year retention for first-time students
    Baseline 80
    Target 82% in three years
  2. Retention of students identifying
    1. Black/African American 77%
      Target 80%
    2. Latino/Hispanic 77%
      Target 80%
  3. Retention of first year by gender
    1. Female baseline 82%
      target 84%
    2. Male baseline 76%
      Target 80%
  4. Transfer student retention
    Baseline 84%
    Target 85% in three years
  5. Six year graduation rate for first-time students
    Baseline 71%
    Target 70% (maintaining)
    1. Black/AA
      Baseline 55%
      Target  55%
    2. Hispanic/Latino
      Baseline 61%
      Target  61%


  1. Complete data retention model to help predict retention patterns by summer 2018
    • Examine role of suspension and dismissal on retention numbers
  2. Explore grade forgiveness for readmitted students to reestablish good academic standing 2018
  3. Retention action plan and Retention Council starting spring 2018
  4. Implement Starfish student outreach and support software and initiative:
    • $9000 implementation and $40,000 first year
    • $40,000 ongoing cost
    • $10,000 for training and support for implementation
  5. Enhance spring semester welcome ($10000)
  6. Department funds for graduate student welcome/engagement ($10000)
  7. Exiting student survey ($5000)

4. Promote faculty engagement in the life of the college and in their respective disciplines.


  1. Faculty activity documented in annual reports baseline spring 2018. Include major campus activities/ Engagement in discipline/professional work/Types of scholarship/External funding
  2. Benchmark the percent of positions filled on faculty senate committees and diversity of membership by gen- der, faculty rank, and professional
  3. COACHE questions
  4. Establish baseline assessment for academic advising (Advising Committee)


  1. Faculty annual report template made consistent and put into Watermark. transition non-academic 2019
  2. Establish committee membership publication (e.g., on web)
  3. Review Committee structure for effectiveness, redundancy, and efficiency
  4. Support for faculty taking leadership roles in their professional organizations: $10, 000
  5. Service leadership incentive (travel, tech) ($15000)
  6. Clarification of service expectation for service

5. Increase the percent of courses taught by full-time faculty (tenure line; lecturer; instructor).


  1. Percent of courses taught by full-time faculty from Faculty Workload Report
    1. Standard sections fall 2016 61%
      Target 70% in three years


  1. Analyze utilization to determine new line allocation
  2. Analyze teaching release impact on indicator
  3. Analysis of low enrolled courses
  4. Explore course redesign
  5. Allocate 1 million ongoing for faculty lines

6. Expand the impact of applied learning by increasing opportunities, ensuring there are student learning objectives for all applied learning, and measuring the effectiveness of these opportunities.


  1. Number of applied learning student credit hours offered per year. Baseline 2018
  2. Number of students in applied learning sections per year
  3. NSSE student report on applied learning as they call High Impact Practices
    Participated in one or more 2017 Aspirational 2022

    First Year






  1. . Increase in scholarships for applied learning (check to see if there is any right now) ($10000)


  1. Update applied learning definitions and inventory
  2. Expand Banner coding of applied learning
  3. Support professional development in applied learning ($15,000)
  4. Determine governance oversight of applied learning (course approval, )
  5. Determine best practices in assessment of applied learning including student learning outcomes

7. Strengthen our community through a focus on inclusion, civility, and accountability.


  1. Increase diversity in faculty and staff current
    1. Tenure faculty diversity: white 86% Black 3% Hispanic 3% Asian 7% (2016 SUNY Faculty Senate)
    2. Professional diversity review from IPEDs
  2. Retention of diverse faculty and staff
  3. Employee engagement survey: Diversity is top three area of concern with score of 351
    1. Target: diversity moves from top area of concern and significant score reduction
  4. Gender climate survey
    How would you rate the SUNY Cortland campus climate
    Positive or very positive:
    2013 76%
    2016 71%
    Faculty and staff treat student equally regardless of gender
    Strongly agree/agree
    2013 80%
    2016 78%
    Faculty and staff treat each other equally regardless of gender
    Strongly agree/agree
    2013 81%
    2016 71%
    In the past year, I have been treated in an insensitive or inappropriate manner based on my gender
    Strongly agree/agree
    2013 9%
    2016 13%
  5. COACHE survey q245d
    If I had it to do over, I would choose to work at this intuition
    2.7/5 Cortland low compared to peer cohort.
    Target: average compared to peer cohort
  1. SOS
     2012 2015
    Campus acceptance of individual differences 4.06 3.94 
    Campus openness to opinions of others 3.97 3.87
    Your sense of belonging on this campus 3.86 3.70
  2. NSSE
    Percent of seniors that perceive a gain in their understanding of people of other backgrounds
    2014 61%
    Among our lowest responses compared to SUNY peers
    Frequency of discussions with people of a race or ethnicity other than your own
    Frequency of discussions with people of a different religion


  1. Recommendations from Gender Policy and Initiatives
  2. Diversity Plan and President’s Council on Inclusive Excellence
  3. Voice Office Renovation ($40,000)
  4. Women’s Leadership Initiative for faculty, professional and students ($20,000)
    -speaker/workshop series on gender equity ($30000)
  5. Conduct study on experiences of underrepresented groups on campus ($10,000)
  6. Inclusive Recruitment Initiative (clarification)

8. Increase institutional financial support to students through fundraising.


  • Total amount of institutional scholarships and grants awarded to students., from NYSED


2014-16 Baseline Amount Number of recipients 2016-17 Current Baseline Number of recipients 2022-2023 Target Number of recipients















  • Capital campaign goal of 25 million
  • Increased percentage of alumni giving by total amount and by number of individuals participating

9. Increase revenue to campus from non-tuition sources


  1. Total revenue from winter and summer session
    2016 526,000
    2018 912,16
    2016 2,266,000
    2018 2,498,000
  2. New initiative development or increase in existing
    1. increase number partnership programs with high schools
    2. non-matriculated involvement—professional/continuing education (e.g., teacher)
    3. Sponsored grant current 4 million    target 5 million in 2021-2022


  1. Renovation of Corey Union
  2. Increased professional development for online delivery ($20,000)

10.  Provide quality spaces and facilities for academic programs and the overall student experience.


  1. SOS on facilities
    2012 4.02/5
    2015 3.94/5.00
  2. Student housing survey
  3. COACHE item on facilities
  4. Employee engagement survey
  5. Increase the number of named spaces on campus


  1. Embed feedback on facilities needs in department annual report
  2. Feedback from accreditation and program review routed to Instructional Space
  3. Determine rubric for evaluating space quality
  4. Establish classroom annual upgrade process through Instructional Space Committee
  5. Review of FMPOC master plan
  6. Corey Union renovation (in FMPOC plan) can leave as support

11. Increase the environmental sustainability of the campus and community through reducing our carbon footprint, reduce solid waste and increase diversion to recy- cling, increase the sustainability-related knowledge, understanding, and actions of the college community.


  1. Carbon footprint from Greenhouse Gas Emission
    Baseline: 26, 8000 MTCO2E
    Current Status: 21,170
    Target: 4,020 in 2050
  1. Energy use intensity report
    Baseline in 2010: 191.61 EUI
    Current 2016: 173.96
    Target: 2020 153.28
  1. AASHE star report rating
    Baseline: 2012 STARS – Silver (version 1.0)
    Current: 2015 STARS – Gold (version 2.0)
    Target: 2018 STARS – Maintain Gold (version 2.1) 
  1. Recycled material versus solid waste
    No Baseline/Target identified – however last 2 years of data: 2015-16 FY 32.7% (solid waste diverted to recycling)
    2015-17 FY 42.2% (solid waste diverted to recycling)
  1. Increase the sustainability-related knowledge, understanding and behaviors of the college Focused Activities 


Establish a baseline and targets via the data gathered from three instruments being given spring of 2018. These include:

  1.  Sustainability Literacy Assessment (knowledge and understanding),
  2. Sustainability Culture Assessment (understanding and behaviors),
  3. Carbon Footprint Assessment (behaviors).
  • Identify a sustainability-related content within each major.
  • Establish an attribute for sustainability-related courses.
  • Establish a sustainability micro-credential option for students
  • Design and implement comprehensive sustainability education and behavior change programs for all members of the campus community (includes those under Indicator 1 above and other areas of sustainability)
  • Establish graduate assistant to manage data collection and reporting (17,000).
  • Establish two “All Campus” Green Reps (undergraduate students) that focus on student led campus-wide programming and activities. Stipend: $750.00 (per semester per student). Total: $3,000 per year