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Project Title:The Baccalaureate and Beyond Center at Purchase College, SUNYInstitution Name:Purchase College, State University of New York Innovation Category:Student Success Project Director:Joseph Skrivanek, Baccalaureate and Beyond Center Director, Professor Contact Information:(914) 251-6685, joe.skrivanek@purchase.eduWebsite:http://www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/LAS/Sciences/community_college_opportunities.aspx
Project Description:The Baccalaureate and Beyond Center at Purchase College is the umbrella for three separate programs that provide academic and financial support for students at six SUNY community colleges, enabling them to complete a two-year degree, transfer to a four-year institution and complete a four-year degree. The three programs include: Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health; the Research and Sciences Visions Preparation Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and; the Baccalaureate and Beyond Program, sponsored by the PepsiCo Foundation and private donors. Students in these three programs complete Bachelor’s degrees at three times the national average for community college students, and over 30% of participating students go on to continue their studies in graduate school. The NIH Bridges Program is funded through 2014, the NSF program is in its last year and we are currently submitting several proposals for renewed funding, not only to NSF but to private donors as well. The PepsiCo program runs through 2013. Both the NSF grant and Pepsi grants provide money for scholarships as does Purchase College. 
Objectives:
  • Increase numbers of Liberal Arts and Sciences students completing Baccalaureate Degrees
  • Provide students with academic and financial support
  • Assist degree recipients with job placement or advanced study in biomedical research
  • Increase collaborative arrangements among degree-granting institutions, biomedical research institutions and corporations 
Outcomes:
  • 314 Students have enrolled in Bridges/RSVP/B&B 
  • 83% Received AA/AS Degrees (compared to 30% national rate) 
  • 71% Completing BA/BS Degrees (compared to 13% national rate for community college transfers) 
  • 42% Transferred to Purchase College 
  • 33% Pursuing Post-Baccalaureate Work 
  • This Program has recently received the Presidential Award for Engineering, Science, Mathematics Education Mentoring (PAESMEM)
Challenges/Problems Encountered:The program has grown tremendously in the eleven years of its existence. Our first summer program (2001) had just six students, while our 2010 summer program had 68 students. As the number of students increased we encountered problems with academic readiness, student engagement in science, and students being able to navigate the route through college, e.g. understanding the admissions and financial aid process, and the career opportunities available upon graduation. Using formative evaluation (see below) these problems were largely addressed. To help prepare the students better for our summer program, we provided a day and a half orientation in late spring. To help engage students more we made students view the summer program more like an actual job and used alumni from the program as role models. To help students navigate their way, we set up a series of workshops on transferring to a four-year college, navigating financial aid, and on occupational planning. 
Evaluation Approach:We use an evaluator to provide both a summative (final report) and formative evaluation. As part of the process, the evaluator meets with each student in the summer program, uses written evaluation instruments, and conducts focus groups with faculty. In addition, all students in the program are tracked for at least ten years so the long-term impact of this program can be measured. 
Potential for Replication:Since the partners in this project are all SUNY institutions, the replication within the 64 unit SUNY System is a logical next step. The first stage of this replication took place with a state-wide conference in Albany in November 2010. The conference was attended by 30 SUNY four-year and two-year institutions. Out of these thirty, at least twenty have formed four regional partnerships of two and four-year institutions that will work together to replicate this successful program within the SUNY System. The SUNY Provost has named the founding director of the Purchase College Baccalaureate and Beyond Center, Dr. Joseph Skrivanek as Project Director for the state-wide replication project. 
Additional Resources:SUNY New Paltz Community College Science Advisory Board www.newpaltz.edu/sse/ccsab 
CEO-to-CEO Contact:Thomas Schwarz , Presidentthomas.schwarz@purchase.edu
(914) 251-6010
Date Published: Monday, April 4, 2011