High-Impact Practices and Student Success: Queensborough Innovations to Headline at National Conference

Published: October 15, 2012

For the second year in a row, an administrator from Queensborough Community College will be the sole community college instructor at the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) annual Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success.

Michele CuomoMichele Cuomo, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will serve on the faculty of the prestigious conference, to be held in June 2013.

In 2012, Dean Cuomo, the only representative of a community college, joined a dozen other college faculty and administrators from across the nation to teach at the Institute. She was invited after Queensborough’s designation in 2010 as an AAC&U “Roadmap” campus – one of twelve community colleges recognized for their work in supporting student success.

“It is gratifying to share what Queensborough has learned in our support of high-impact practices through the Freshman Academies,” said Dean Cuomo. “It creates a greater appreciation of the extraordinary commitment on this campus to providing thoughtful and well-researched opportunities for student success.”

A team from Queensborough will join presidents, vice presidents, student affairs leaders, and faculty from institutions across the nation at the forum at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Attendees focus on high-impact practices, activities, and strategies that engage students—particularly those from communities historically underserved by higher education—and are effective at producing measurable learning outcomes.

“As an open-access institution, we see many of these underprepared and historically underserved students,” says Dean Cuomo. “As observed nationally, high impact practices – when done well – make the most difference for them. For this reason, it is important for us to continue providing effective strategies for student engagement, achievement of essential learning outcomes, retention, and graduation.”

High-impact innovations at Queensborough have already received widespread acclaim. The College’s Freshman Academies were recognized by Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2011, for bringing academics and student affairs together to help students navigate their first year of college. Read more from AAC&U here.

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