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A Message from the Project Manager

Thank you for visiting this site. I hope you will do so often as new information about the NYSACAC project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be updated regularly. The current situation in our country has radically modified the way in which we planned to launch and manage the project. Social distancing and stay-at-home practices mean that we will connect virtually, using the many tools now available to us.

This site will be very dynamic. Many of its sections are “under construction,” awaiting the results of the myriad videoconferences and email exchanges we will have in the coming months. We plan to use the project also to introduce related issues, such as the request recently made for issues and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to offer your thoughts on how we can best leverage this project to ensure that we come out of this crisis stronger.

In my 40-plus years of working in higher education, I’ve never faced anything like the challenges of today. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the inequities this project is designed to identify and address. I am proud to be a member of the NYSACAC team as we move ahead with this initiative. I look forward to our work together in the months ahead.  Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Kurt Thiede
Project Manager, NYSACAC Gates Project
[email protected]



Table of Contents


I.  Three Project Deliverables:

A. An Advocacy Strategy – NYSACAC members will contribute to a statewide effort to establish NYS goals for college attainment and student success. These goals will inform our future efforts with state and federal legislators and contribute to institutional conversations about college access and success.

Convening – the various discussions about this Advocacy Strategy were going to culminate in a statewide Convening, resulting in NYSACAC’s contribution to the overall goal for this Gates-sponsored project. We are rethinking the concept of an in-person meeting not knowing when the “all clear” signal will be given and acknowledging that everyone’s schedule has been thrown into disarray.

B. Six Transfer Case Studies – These Case Studies will focus on policies and practices that inhibit a student’s ability to transfer from one institution to another. These will highlight the fine points of the transfer process that can be addressed – by both institutional practice and state policy – to both encourage and support transfer. (These Case Studies will be masked.)

C. Best (and Transferrable) Transfer Practices – A living document that celebrates the work being done at the pre-college and college levels to encourage and support transfer student success.

II.  Virtual Project Activities:

A.  Conduct a series of topic-focused video conferences over the coming months to gain your insights into these issues and efforts. These virtual conversations will be an hour in length and focus on a particular topic related to the project.

B.  As these conversations dictate, conduct periodic surveys to engage additional members, enriching the information gathered.

C.  Post on the NYSACAC website the information and insights shared during these conference calls for additional comment, questions, etc.

D.  Continue to solicit information that can be used to generate the Case Studies and Best Practices documents.  

E.  With an agenda framed by the information gathered over these coming months, possibly conduct a series of virtual Convenings.

F.  Remain open to other possible ways to communicate to ensure that the project’s deliverables are robust and meet expectations.

III.  Calendar of Conference Calls and Topics:

Week I - Overview of NYSACAC Gates Project

  • Tuesday, April 28: 10-11 a.m.
    Registration now closed.

  • Wednesday, April 29: 2-3 p.m.
    Registration now closed.

  • Thursday, April 30: 10-11 a.m.
    Registration now closed.

Week II - Discussion of COVID-19 Related Issues

  • Tuesday, May 5: 10-11 a.m.
    Registration now closed.

  • Wednesday, May 6: 2-3 p.m.
    Registration now closed.

  • Thursday, May 7: 10-11 a.m.
    Registration now closed.

Week III - Financial Literacy and the Transfer Student

  • Tuesday, May 12: 10-11 a.m.
    Registration now closed.

  • Wednesday, May 13: 2-3 p.m.
    Registration now closed.

  • Thursday, May 14: 10-11 a.m.
    Registration now closed.

Week IV - Transfer Credits - Supporting Academic Progress

  • Tuesday, May 19: 10-11 a.m.
    Register here.

  • Wednesday, May 20: 2-3 p.m.
    Register here.

  • Thursday, May 21: 10-11 a.m.
    Register here.

Week V - The Transfer Admissions Process

  • Tuesday, May 26: 10-11 a.m.
    Register here.

  • Wednesday, May 27: 2-3 p.m.
    Register here.

  • Thursday, May 28: 10-11 a.m.
    Register here.

Week VI - Transfer Student Transition Issues
Coming soon

IV.  Conference Call Notes
Coming soon.

V.  Advocacy Strategy Working Doc
Coming soon.

VI.  Transfer Case Studies - Work Docs
Coming soon.

VII.  Best Practices - Working Doc
Coming soon.

VIII.  COVID-19 Issues - Results of Membership Survey
Coming soon.