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ASSESStivus Schedule

The 2019-20 ASSESStivus will be held Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 9-3:30, in Bailey Hall. All members of the SUNY Geneseo community are invited to participate at any and all levels of the event.

Assessing our Strategies for Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Populations

8:30 Coffee, pastries -- Bailey Lobby

9:00 AM, Bailey 101-102, Welcome from President Denise Battles

Session 1: 9:15 AM, Bailey 101-102: Recruiting and hiring: strategies and assessing improvement 

  • Enrollment management perspectives: Megan Kennerknecht, Jen Kenyon, George Anselme
  • Recruiting a diverse faculty: George Marcus, Atsushi Tajima

Session 2: 10:00 AM, Bailey 101-102, First year student retention initiatives; how do we measure success, now and across the next three years 

  • PIF STEM Inclusion Program: Bob O’Donnell, Kevin Militello
  • AOP peer mentor program: Bryan Rivera
  • First Year Experience course for exploratory majors: Joe Cope

Dr. Sim Covington

Keynote Address: 11:00 AM, Bailey 101-102

Dr. Sim Covington, Chief Diversity Officer at Finger Lakes Community College 

More about Dr. Covington

A 15 + year veteran of the State University of New York (SUNY), Dr. Sim J. Covington Jr.’s tenure within higher education is well established. Relocating to New York’s Capital District to begin his undergraduate and graduate studies, while at the University at Albany Sim went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling, a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration & Policy Studies – Higher Education Leadership. His professional career started at his alma mater as the Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator of the University at Albany Career Development Center, where he also served in the Advisement Services Center for Undergraduate Studies. A proud six-time graduate of the SUNY system, Sim went on to complete his MBA in Technology Management at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, as well as his Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management at Empire State College. For his doctoral training, Sim completed his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

A National Conference On Race & Equity (NCORE) attendee and member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Sim is also a former Diversity Chair for the Mohawk Valley Society for Human Resource Management (MVSHRM). In spring 2018, Sim joined Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) as their inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and is responsible for supporting all aspects of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within various segments of the institution. Focusing on climate, policy, programming and recruitment, Sim works to advance diversity and equity within institutional units in support of organizational sustainability. Since Sim’s hire, diversity applicants for employment has increased 50% at the college, and the FLCC has also set record numbers on the national level as a community college for their DEI campus climate survey response.

A proud proponent of world-class executive education, Sim has completed programs at Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Yale School of Management, Columbia Business School, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Active in his community, Sim is a proud graduate of the United Way of Greater Rochester African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP), and has recently been accepted to the United Way of Greater Rochester PRIDE Leadership Development Program.

As an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences, Sim continues to promote intellectual curiosity and social justice. Among his many accolades, he was in the first class of the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA), in addition to being a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, National Society of Leadership and Success. A distinguished brother of the Albany (NY) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and recognized as a Lifetime Member on the Grand Chapter level, Sim is also a member of the Canandaigua Rotary Club.

12:00 Noon, Lunch - Bailey Lobby, Bailey 101-102

**Please note there are two sessions running concurrently from 12:30-3:30**


Session 3A. 12:30-2 PM, Bailey 101-102, International Student Needs. Discussion of needs, especially at college breaks, and problem solving session with students, student services, co-curriculum. Participants will make an action plan and embed assessment, initiating a 2 year process where of gathering data, designing a plan, implementing it, and assessing results.

  • International Student Services: Jen Kenyon
  • Residence Life: Sarah Frank
  • Students: Lauren Kueper, DongWon Oh, Shreyya Malik and Nami Nishimura


Session 4A. 2-2:25 PM, Bailey 101-102; Assessing our on-campus, retention strategies outside curriculum

  • Advancing Cultural Competency Certificate Program and Assessment: robbie routenberg, Monica Schneider

Session 5A. 2:30-3:25 PM, Bailey 101-102, 1 Assessment and (disaggregating) data on underrepresented groups

  • Tutoring Center Initiatives: Gillian Paku, Rob Feissner, and Beverly Henke-Lofquist 
  • Feed Forward: Lee Pierce, COMN 
  • Canvas tools to assist with retention: Becky Patt, CIT


Session 3B. 12:30-1:25 PM, Bailey 201, Exit Surveys: data and implications for mental health services, financial aid, student life in rural location, academic programs

  • Panelists: Institutional Research: Julie Rao; Financial Aid: Megan Kennerknecht; Student Life: Chip Matthews; Health and Counseling: Laura Swanson
  • First destination survey presentation: Career Development: Jessie Lombardo and IR: Julie Rao  

Session 4B. 1:30 PM, Bailey 201, Workshop A for Assessment Coordinators: Using Canvas and Google for Learning Outcomes Assessment 

  • Facilitators: Laurie Fox, Melanie Blood



Session 5B. 2:30-3:25 PM Bailey 201, Workshop B for Assessment Coordinators: Best Practices Among Peers

  • Facilitators: Sara Irizarry, Doug Mackenzie