Priority

Provide a transformative learning community that prepares students for advanced education, careers and purposeful living.

Background

As the 21st century learning environment continues to change rapidly with the popularity of online education, MOOCs (massive open online courses) and “flipped” classrooms, Binghamton must offer students a unique and transformative learning experience. Through innovative classroom environments, high-impact learning experiences and encouragement of learning outside the University’s walls, Binghamton graduates will continue to stand out.

Binghamton will incorporate high-impact learning experiences into every student’s curriculum. These experiences will allow our students to become global citizens, successful professionals and lifelong learners. Through internships and externships, undergraduate research, service-learning and study-abroad experiences, students will prepare themselves for successful, fulfilling and meaningful lives.

We will adapt the University’s infrastructure to support the changing needs of students. We will experiment with “flipped” classrooms, create opportunities for self-paced learning and explore alternatives to the traditional semester. Our students will be more engaged with their academic advisors to ensure success and a supportive environment. Faculty will have access to greater support for pedagogical innovation and experimentation from a redesigned and more robust Center for Learning and Teaching.

Binghamton students will continue to thrive in an environment that facilitates and nurtures deep learning and challenges them to apply what they learn in the lab, the community and the workplace. These experiences will prepare Binghamton students to become leaders in their professions, their communities and the world.

Goals & Metrics

Goal: Binghamton University has a dynamic and transformative learning community

Metric

High Impact Learning Experiences

What/How

Binghamton University considers study abroad, internships, capstones, undergraduate research and service learning as High-Impact Learning Experiences.

Why

This defines the Binghamton Experience by bringing richness and depth to the educational experience.

Target

100% by 2020

Goal: Undergraduates seeking graduate degrees are prepared for the challenges of graduate school; Students are prepared to enter the workforce and successfully navigate their own career choices

Metric

Placement rates

What/How

The percentage of students who applied to graduate school who were accepted or are seeking employment who have secured employment within 6 months

Why

A signficant portion of our students want to pursue a graduate or professional education; Well-educated students have an advantage in the job market

Target

75% weighted placement rate by 2020

Goal: Undergraduate students graduate in four years

Metric

Four-year graduation rate

What/How

Percentage of entering fall freshman cohort that graduates within 4 years

Why

This is a nationally-recognized primary metric for higher education success

Target

73% by 2020

Metric

Six-year graduation rate

What/How

Percentage of entering fall freshman cohort that graduates within 6 years

Why

This is a nationally-recognized primary metric for higher education success

Target

83% by 2020

Metric

One-year retention rate

What/How

Percentage of entering fall freshman cohort that returns for sophomore year

Why

Leading indicator for graduation rate

Target

93% by 2020

Goal: Binghamton students and alumni engage in healthy living for lifelong success

Metric

Meet or exceed national Healthy Campus 2020 targets

What/How

The percentage of targets met as determined by student responses to the National College Health Assessment survey

Why

The 2020 Targets set goals in multiple areas of health and wellness, when combined they provide an overall picture of health

Target

50% by 2020