Cayuga CC among the campuses to receive SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on May 23 announced the recipients of the 2013 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) program, which funds campus innovations and initiatives that have the potential to be replicated elsewhere within SUNY to benefit students and faculty across the state and worldwide.

Cayuga Community College received $18,000 in funding to redesign the math course MTH 102, specifically for liberal arts students.

“The IITG program has enabled our campuses to enhance the quality of a SUNY education by leveraging our systemness and bringing students the best that technology has to offer,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “This program is one of many that exemplify SUNY’s capacity to model innovative instructional practices for higher education nationally and globally. We look forward to seeing these outstanding ideas replicated across SUNY to benefit even more of our students, faculty and staff.”

SUNY faculty and staff across all disciplines were eligible to apply for the IITG competitive grant. Recipients will openly share project outcomes, enabling SUNY colleagues state-wide to replicate and build upon the innovations, many supporting the university system’s new Open SUNY initiative, which will bring together all of the online courses offered at SUNY campuses.

Cayuga faculty members Nicole Adsitt, Shannon Reohr, and Kathy Gross submitted the proposal, which describes how the College has been trying to transform its developmental math course sequence from the traditional lecture format into an individualized, actively engaged approach to learning mathematics using technology. In the redesigned courses, the content is modularized and students can work at a guided self-pace, with a focus on content mastery. In effect, students may complete the modules, and hence the course, as early as they are able, or they may follow the guided pace and complete the course throughout the intended semester.

“We’re pleased that our dedicated faculty received this funding to support the transformative work they’re doing in revamping the developmental math courses,” said Cayuga Vice President of Academic Affairs Anne Herron. “This grant will help us improve student success and retention in mathematics, an area that historically has been the most challenging for our students. I congratulate Professors Reohr, Gross, and Adsitt, and thank SUNY for its support of their innovative work.”

In its inaugural year, the 2012 Innovative Instruction program resulted in 117 grant proposals and 48 awarded grants. Of the 93 proposals submitted for this year’s competition, 33 were selected to receive awards. In addition, six projects from round one were funded for a second round. Several projects included collaborations by two or more campuses and/or with local organizations and businesses.

A complete list of grant-funded projects is available online.

“The IITG program has already demonstrated significant returns by leveraging funding opportunities, but more importantly, it develops and sustains important faculty and staff collaborations across SUNY in an efficient manner,” SUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost David K. Lavallee. “Congratulations to all of this year’s awardees.”

About Cayuga Community College

Founded in 1953, Cayuga Community College is one of 64 accredited institutions that make up the State University of New York (SUNY) system. A full opportunity College, Cayuga offers open access and an affordable gateway to higher education, with courses and degree programs offered at campuses in Auburn and Fulton and online. Cayuga Community College provides a strong liberal arts foundation for further study and career preparation. The College also addresses identified community needs through targeted training and personal enrichment programs. By sustaining academic excellence within a supportive learning environment, the College, a careful steward of human and fiscal resources, serves as a valuable asset to the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

About the State University of New York

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