The College at Brockport sees sustainability, long linked with environmental concerns, as also encompassing our fiscal health and viability. More than ever, the College must recognize the internal and external factors that influence how and why diverse students select the college at which they want to study and their desire to achieve on-time degree completion. Accordingly, we will identify, assess, modify, and/or establish key systems and processes to ensure degree value and the long-term viability and success of our institution. One example of this is the use of predictive analytics to identify patterns and/or mitigate problems related to the financial aid needs of students, enrollment and successful completion of courses, different modes of instruction and pedagogical strategies, and retention and degree completion.
To be a sustainable institution in the 21st century requires being aware of and responsive to extant and emerging modes of teaching and learning as they relate to the success of all students in general and graduate students in particular so that they may contribute to the economic development of the region and state. It also requires providing support services necessary for successful program completion are available, including online tutoring, proctoring services, and library/research.
As noted in our Environmental Sustainability Policy, the College has committed to being “a positive and innovative force for the protection and enhancement of the local, regional and global environment, through teaching, research and administrative operations.” We have committed to promoting “a sustainable future by performing actions that are ecologically sound and economically viable, thereby raising the awareness of the College community to both local and global environmental issues.”
Environmental sustainability requires a focus on the health and safety of the environment of our campuses as well as the quality of place and accessibility. It means focusing on environmentally responsive facilities planning and design, environmental literacy and education, sustainable procurement, and a minimization of waste. Part of our sustainability goal is to ensure that we are not only environmentally conscious, but also environmentally proactive.
To ensure fiscal sustainability of our College, and advance the priorities of Building a Better Brockport, we will revise our resource allocation methodologies and budget processes, moving away from incremental, annual budgeting to a gainsharing principle that rewards initiative. A multi-year undertaking involving extensive consultation with the campus community will result in guidance regarding the appropriate allocation of revenues, the assignment of set costs, and the incentivization of divisional priorities in alignment with the College’s strategic goals. This budget model will be refined, as appropriate, using assessment data and results.
This new financial model will serve as a roadmap that governs how resources flow on campus to increase transparency, simplification, and incentives for Building a Better Brockport.
In addition, further development of the Physical Master Plan will match investments to the curricular and degree plans outlined in the Academic Master Plan, so that we are anticipating, rather than merely reacting to, changes in the needs of the state and the nation.
Measures of Success:
- We will achieve and then maintain a higher Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) level.
- We will enact a new budget model that incentivizes innovation and strategic priorities.
- We will revise and further develop the Academic Master Plan, to ensure that resource allocation facilitates sustainable improvements in program quality. This will include, where appropriate, the development of online degree completion programs.
- We will revise our Physical Master Plan so that it supports the Academic Master Plan, the Residence Life Plan, and sustainability objectives.
- We will develop and establish appropriate emergency preparedness, business continuity, record management, and information recovery plans for all campus operations.
- We will aim to maintain and, where feasible, expand our accreditations.
- We will achieve Middle States Criteria Accreditation with Commendation.