Mission and Vision
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management aims to engage our students with an environment that cultivates academic success, wellness, and personal and professional growth from initial awareness of Purchase College, through the campus experience, to graduation and beyond.
We will provide these experiences in a diverse, creative, and inclusive community that lives the concept of “Think Wide Open.” More than a motto or tagline, it is the way we will live, learn, and grow together to build mindfulness, purpose, understanding, and involvement.
We will use our unique experiences to create knowledge, ideas, and perspectives to solve problems and make a difference. By our intentions, our actions, and our example, we will help our students learn how to think creatively and critically, work collaboratively for the common good, live mindfully, and build rewarding and healthy lives.
Framework and Guiding Principles
As educators, our first and overriding goal must be to support the academic success of our students. It is the foundation for success in college, and for success in life. We believe that the five goals we outline below are critical to ensuring that success:
Foster student success by encouraging students to be active agents, rather than as passive spectators, in the learning process.
Ensure that our students make full use of the people, programs, facilities, opportunities, and experiences that the college provides.
Encourage and support meaningful interactions and discovery among students and faculty, advisors, mentors, and peers.
Reflection and Self-Awareness
Build a habit of self-assessment, self-monitoring, processing of feedback, and reflection that leads to intentionality.
Attract, engage, enroll, and empower a community of diverse, talented, and committed individuals who will persist and thrive on campus, and in a mix and number that will support and sustain it.
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Increase opportunities for potential students to engage with the campus community, particularly faculty. Explore ways to increase the percentage of out of state students.
Increase first-year and second-year retention rates, particularly BA/BS students.
Increase graduation rates.
Diversity and Inclusion
Establish and infuse campus-wide diversity initiatives and strategies to educate and empower the community to recognize, acknowledge, and appreciate the uniqueness of all and promote an environment of inclusivity, civility, appreciation, and cohesion.
Career Outcomes and Life after Purchase
Empower students from all disciplines in defining and creating their unique visions by connecting their passions to meaningful careers and life-long career progression.