Students succeed when they meet the goals they set for themselves, but it is also reasonable to acknowledge that our students sometimes need help in setting those goals. ECC will be an institution that promotes exploration while reducing wasted credits and keeping students on track toward their considered objectives. In the transfer and workforce areas this will mean ensuring that students have the best possible transfer or career counseling all the way from the intake process through to graduation and beyond. ECC will be an institution that takes ownership of the successes and failures of our students while they are with us and after they go on to other pursuits.
ECC’s focus on success is exemplified through the following initiatives:
ECC has always focused on making education practical and applicable to the lives and jobs of our students. This focus is not in conflict with a love of knowledge and artistry for its own sake, but instead supports it by challenging us to creatively apply what we know to our communities, to our environment, and to our future goals. As such, the focus on applied learning fits equally well into the transfer and the workforce track. Those who seek to continue their education at a four-year institution will need to apply their ECC learning to that future degree, while those who seek to enter the workforce directly will need to understand how their learning applies to their future jobs.
For half a century ECC has sought to promote the transfer of its students into four-year programs. This core mission of the college is currently met by 17 Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees that facilitate transfer and four-year completion. We will continue to promote transfer by establishing closer ties to our sister SUNY institutions in the region by fully implementing the SUNY Transfer Paths and the SUNY Seamless Transfer initiative. Where we have strong transfer partnerships with private institutions we will ensure that students are properly guided by partnering with advisors at those institutions to ensure a smooth transition.