Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck Named Founding President Of The City University of New York’s New Community College

July 22, 2010 | The University

Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck

Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck

Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck, a professor of psychology and dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, has been appointed the Founding President of The City University of New York’s new community college, which opens in 2012 as an innovative model for improving student performance and graduation rates, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein announced.

The appointment of Dr. Evenbeck, a prominent expert on education assessment and higher education initiatives to boost student success, was approved by the Board of Trustees on Thursday, July 22, 2010, upon the Chancellor’s recommendation. The selection followed a national search for an innovative, dynamic educator to develop and lead the new community college initiative, the centerpiece of the University’s community college reform efforts.

“Dr. Evenbeck brings an extensive record of academic and administrative leadership to the new community college,” said Chancellor Goldstein. “The University is most fortunate that he has accepted appointment as its Founding President.”

Dr. Evenbeck stated: “I am honored to join The City University of New York as the New College becomes a partner with CUNY’s other community colleges and senior colleges in striving to strengthen student success.  The planning committee has done outstanding work, and I look forward to working with faculty and staff colleagues as we prepare to welcome our first students.  Students and their learning, being in the City, will be central for the New College.”

Dr. Evenbeck will oversee development and implementation of all aspects of the new community college model, which will enroll its first cohort of students in summer 2012 and open its doors that fall.

He will be directly involved in the hiring of full-time faculty and other critical staff members. He also will guide the new college through the University Board of Trustees and State Education Department approvals, and through accreditation processes.

The search committee was co-chaired by Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Alexandra Logue and Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Professional Studies John Mogulescu.

Features of the new community college model include fulltime enrollment at least in the first year and a common first-year core curriculum that includes a math component, a professional studies component and the college’s signature, multidisciplinary City Seminar course examining the complexities of New York City. The program also will include intensive advisement, shorter “modules” rather than semesters, and a limited number of majors.

Planning for the new community college is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The school will eventually will be located in a new campus building of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on Manhattan’s West Side.

Dr. Evenbeck joined the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) in psychology in 1972 after completing his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been involved for years in the design and assessment of general education, including the development, ongoing implementation, and assessment of  IUPUI’s outcomes for student learning. He has played a major role in various preschool-through-college initiatives to support student academic achievement, and in retention initiatives for Indiana higher education.

In his 38 years at IUPUI, Dr. Evenbeck has held various academic and administrative positions, most recently, from 1997, as founding Dean and then Dean of University College, the academic unit with 36 charter faculty serving all entering students from orientation through entry into a degree program in one of  IUPUI’s 18 undergraduate schools.

From 1979 to 1997 he served IUPUI as Associate Dean, Purdue University School of Science, responsible for policy as well as day-to-day management of school operations; as Associate Director of Administrative Affairs, with responsibilities including campus and budgetary administration and planning, capital planning and daily administrative operations; as Associate Dean, Indiana University School of Continuing Studies; as Associate Dean of Faculties and Director of Continuing Studies, responsible for lifelong learning and academic outreach programs, and as Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education.

The importance of community colleges is growing locally and nationally. Driven by the declining economy, job uncertainties and the relative affordability of public education, enrollment at CUNY’s six existing community colleges has now surged past 85,000, a 40 percent increase over the last decade. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunity is providing funding of $6.5 million a year to CUNY’s three-year-old Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP), which has so far produced an impressive 56 percent three-year graduation rate among its 2007 cohort of community college students. The national urban community college three-year graduation rate is 16 percent.  The importance of those efforts was underscored in June when the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Eduardo J. Marti, who had served as President of Queensborough Community College, as Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges, a newly created post recommended by Chancellor Goldstein in June.

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