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Elizabeth Bleicher writes about the importance of students taking advantage of educational opportunities in college.

Commentary: Students must actively engage in their education

By Elizabeth Bleicher February 21, 2024
One of the many benefits of becoming an educated person is that you become harder to take advantage of. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “When you train your mind how to think, you inoculate yourself against those who desperately want to tell you what to think.” I teach to empower students to make informed choices, actively shape their futures and argue with me, so they can evolve their thinking and figure out what they believe for themselves.
Elizabeth Bleicher, dean for student success and retention in the Center for Student Success and Retention who worked to make changes to the Academic Concerns System. Bleicher calls the system a tool to give faculty the ability to connect students with the resources they might need when their academic performance fails to meet expectations.

New version of Academic Concern System makes assessing cases and giving updates easier

By John Baker, Staff Writer October 24, 2023
Ithaca College released an updated and improved Fall 2023 version of the Academic Concern System for students and faculty. The main new changes to the system include the ability to assess the severity of a case and make updates more easily.
On Feb. 27, the dashboard was opened to select faculty and staff. In another email to students, sent Feb. 26, the Student Success Team reminded students to review their information before access expands.

IC releases new Student Success Dashboard

By Noa Ran-Ressler, Assistant News Editor March 3, 2023
On Feb. 23, Ithaca College released its Student Success Dashboard for students to view. The dashboard is a tool meant to help with student success and retention. 
Provost Melanie Stein discussed a retreat in early January attended by members of the Board of Trustees, Faculty Council and Presidents Cabinetin where they talked about major challenges facing the college.

All-College Gathering discusses challenges at IC and solutions

By Lorien Tyne, News Editor January 29, 2023
Faculty, staff and some students attended the All-College Gathering on Jan. 26. College leadership spent the noon hour speaking about student success and shared governance.
Elizabeth Bleicher, dean of the Center for Student Success and Retention, is one of the lead members of the Retention and Engagement Strategy Team, which is responsible for developing the Student Success Dashboard.

College faculty and staff test new Student Success Dashboard

By Noa Ran-Ressler, Assistant News Editor January 25, 2023
Ithaca College is testing the Student Success Dashboard as a tool for faculty and staff to use in identifying students who need academic assistance.
John Guastaferro, a magician and executive director of Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation and Genesis Inspiration Foundation, presented “Wonder is One Degree Away.”

Ithaca College hosts TEDx conference for campus community

By Prakriti Panwar, Staff Writer October 26, 2022
The college's first TEDx conference since 2017 was held Oct. 22 in Emerson Suites, featuring 10 speakers who presented talks on the theme of “Empowerment."
Elizabeth Bleicher, dean for Student Success and Retention, gave a presentation on the newly formed Center for Student Success and Retention. The center aims to root out the barriers to student success and increase the college’s third semester retention rate, which for 2022–23 was 83%.

Faculty Council discusses substantial changes at the college

By Elijah de Castro, Senior Writer October 19, 2022
A mixture of positive and negative emotions were expressed at the Oct. 11 Faculty Council meeting where several substantial changes were discussed.
Louis Menchaca, graduate student in the School of Music, addresses his discontent with the deficit of tenure-track faculty, which eliminates a sense of stability for current and future students.

Commentary: Lack of tenure-track faculty is a detriment

By Louis Menchaca April 21, 2022
Could the money being used to create new administrative positions not instead be used to fund more tenure-track positions and searches for such faculty? 
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