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  • Improved quality metrics of entering students. Average combined SAT scores of the Class of 2022 is 1409, up 128 points since fall 1999; metrics for entering graduate students also have improved.
  • We achieved the largest incoming freshmen class in FY ’20 of 1,750 and more than tripled applications to the freshman class from 5,264 in 1999 to 18,635 in fall 2019.
  • Through CLASS, we have transformed the student experience and have a 92% average freshman retention rate (2021).
  • Increased number and quality of applications for graduate admission, with Ph.D. enrollment increasing from 740 in fall 2002 to 1,109 in fall 2015.
  • Increased geographic, intellectual, gender and ethnic/cultural diversity of incoming classes.
  • Awarded 164 Ph.D. degrees in 2018-19, up from 91 in 1999-2000. Developed a comprehensive integrated performance plan focused on growth in the number, quality, and diversity of the student body.
  • Created Office of the First-Year Experience.
  • Implemented new freshman orientation program, including wilderness, environmental, cultural, and community service options.
  • Developed and launched annual Opening Doors program with teams of faculty and staff visiting students in residence halls to discuss adjustment issues, satisfaction levels, and general experience at Rensselaer.
  • Developed a complete set of academic, social, and psychological support mechanisms for first-year students — undergraduate and graduate.
  • Implemented online Electronic Warning System for first-year students.
  • Improved advising system, including expanding Electronic Warning System to include upper-class students.
  • Created themed living and learning communities for first year students: Leadership Theme, Design and Arts Theme, and Vasudha (focused on the earth and its environment).
  • Provided team-building activities for all first-year students during student orientation.
  • Established class deans for each class beginning with the Class of 2007.
  • Launched Sophomore, Junior, and Culminating Year Experience initiatives.
  • Expanded counseling center outreach.
  • Launched graduate student experience initiatives, including individual review of all student progress.
  • Developed new orientation program for new graduate TA’s.
  • Expanded student/young alumni programs to address “first year” as alums.
  • The Undergraduate Plan was initiated in Fall 2005, and focused on the following elements:
    • Undergraduate participation in research
    • Living and learning communities (honors college, biotechnology, media and the arts, earth and the environment)
    • A more diverse student body
    • Experimental learning and growth
    • Athletics as an opportunity to develop fitness for leadership, community, and visibility
    • Curricula, courses, experiences, and mentoring that prepare students to “change the world”
    • Leadership/professional development courses (all engineering and management students)
    • Robust fitness opportunities (Rensselaer Union’s Mueller Center program)
    • CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students) initiative
  • Initiated CLASS initiative (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students), with residential clusters and live-in Cluster Deans, and with Class Deans (beginning fall 2009).
  • Received 8 national and 4 regional awards from the National Orientation Directors Association for publications, media, and theme in addition to having work featured in two national design publications.
  • Increased national pipeline connections and recruitment of underrepresented students (ACE, Project Lead the Way, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, College Bound, ABC, New Jersey Seeds).
  • Initiated the “Change the World Challenge” Student Competition, with support from Sean O’Sullivan ‘85.
  • Selected to award the Lemelson Student Prize.
  • Established “Emerging Ventures Ecosystem” (EVE) in 2011 as a distributed incubation program to help young student businesses grow and succeed.
  • Received Gold Award of Excellence from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as best practice in the Nation for First-Year Experience Program.
  • 2007 National award for innovative programming from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for the Career Development Center Sophomore Career Experience.
  • Launched Annual Student Leadership Conference with corporate partners.
  • Delivered customized leadership training workshops to the campus community.
  • Launched LEAP (Leadership Educators Advising Peers) program.
  • Elevated Women’s Ice Hockey to Division I (inaugural season 2005-06).
  • Increased quality of online customer services, including registration anywhere in the world, financial aid renewal, veteran’s benefits processes, class lists with individual student pictures and degree audit, online transcript order process, and implemented grade modifiers.
  • Improved quality of student health insurance program while reducing the annual cost per student.
  • Created new pipeline summer programs to attract talented women and underrepresented ethnic groups.
  • Improved customer service in Rensselaer Union Bookstore with implementation of Bookstore Pre-Pack program.
  • Implemented annual Classical Concert Series.
  • Increased number of student clubs from 125 to over 200.
  • Delivered teambuilding, goal setting, public speaking, and leadership development to students in pipeline programs.
  • Developed new administrative processes for graduating students including a seamless on-stage diploma distribution process, on-line degree status, and early alert review.
  • Developed student and course enrollment data marts in Data Warehouse.
  • Increased student staffing in upperclass student apartment areas.
  • Improved residential environment by designating all residence halls and apartments entirely smoke free as of May 20, 2007.
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