The Vision for Student Affairs
OUR PROGRAMS AND UNIQUE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES FOSTER STUDENT SUCCESS AND CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. OUR FUNDING PRIORITIES NEED GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THOSE WHO CHERISH THE OPPORTUNITIES THEY HAD WHILE BINGHAMTON STUDENTS.
Supporting Disadvantaged Students
Student Affairs provides support to disadvantaged students through three key funds. The Binghamton Parents Fund provides support to students of need participating in special programs (e.g., Summer Orientation, short-term study-abroad programs) and also supports enhancements to the student environment.
Our Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides academic and financial support to 600 disadvantaged students but does not cover the full cost of attendance, leaving a gap of approximately $2,800 per student, per year. This gap can become an obstacle to student persistence. Support to EOP provides funds to supplement student support and to maintain all program services (tutoring and counseling).
And our Internship Initiative helps disadvantaged students cover expenses while working in approved, unpaid internships, experience that is invaluable to be competitive in the job market.
Improving Campus Recreation
The Recreation Fund provides critical support to the more than 5,000 students participating in intramurals and recreation programs. We need to update facilities, which are at least 30 years old, and make more room as the growth of the intercollegiate athletics program and the increase in overall enrollment have put tremendous pressure on our ability to accommodate student interest; many intramural programs wait-list hundreds of students because of the lack court/field availability.
Helping Student during Emergencies
To keep students on track to achieving their dreams, this fund provides immediate financial assistance to those experiencing emergency situations such as an accident, serious illness or loss of property due to fire or theft.
The Career Development Center (CDC) hosts employers on campus during the academic year, competing with other institutions throughout the state and region to do so. Modernization and expansion of our CDC facilities is critical to keeping Binghamton competitive in attracting top employers to campus.
Strengthening the Region
The Center for Civic Engagement supports experiential learning opportunities for students by partnering them with nonprofit organizations, local government and businesses so the students can apply their classroom knowledge to real-world settings, thereby strengthening the organizations. Annually, our students contribute more than 400,000 volunteer hours — a value of more than $7 million to the local economy.
Building a Community
The residential communities are the hallmark of the Binghamton campus and the focus of student life. These communities are living and learning communities, where faculty masters, community fellows and residential life staff all partner to build the community experience by providing educational programming, community lectures and community-building programs.
Our leadership development program provides support to student leaders and student organizations in the form of training, special programs (summer and winter institutes and alternative break programs) and enhancement of program space to cultivate collaboration among student organizations. Student government leaders, student organization leaders and student employees (RAs, Discovery advisors, tutors, etc.) benefit from its programs.
Points of Pride
- For the last full year for which we have data, the first-year retention rate in our Educational Opportunity Program was 99 percent.