Rapid and effective change management is pervasive throughout every aspect of the institution. The benefits of establishing and then building upon levels of achievement and performance are evident in progress involving student enrollment, faculty recruitment, reorganizing the academic program, successful fund-raising and the upgrading and redesigning of the campus.
Student enrollment has grown by 32 percent since 2006 to approximately 8,200. The full-time faculty has increased to more than 200 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. The infusion of new faculty has benefited faculty-student interaction in and outside the classroom, changed the delivery of teaching and advising of students and strengthened the concept of a completely integrated academic community. York's students hail from 125 countries and speak approximately 84 languages. Capitalizing on its increased faculty, York established the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2010 to encourage research across the curriculum. Students, with their faculty mentors, make a college-wide presentation of their research outcomes during Undergraduate Research Day in April.
In fall 2009, York reorganized its 17 academic units into three schools: Business and Information Systems; Health and Behavioral Sciences; and Arts and Sciences. Programs have been added in Aviation Management, Journalism, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a four-year nursing program was implemented in fall 2011. The college offers BA and BS degrees in nearly 50 academic majors and a BS/MS in Occupational Therapy, the only one of its kind at The City University of New York.
The college's physical environment is evolving to meet the changing requirements of students, faculty, programs and staff. Interior and exterior spaces are being upgraded and modernized to enhance learning, teaching and co-curricular experiences. In early 2011, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved a Master Plan Amendment for the college, the first since 1996. The centerpiece of the new plan is the Academic Village and Conference Center. The new building will replace the 40,000-square-foot Classroom Building, a temporary building that was constructed in the early 1970s, with a 160,000-square-foot building that will house state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, student lounges and recreation spaces, student-services offices, and the School of Business and Information Systems as well as a conference center and museum that will be open to the public.
The Academic Village and Conference Center will transform educational experiences and will help in continuing to fulfill the founders' vision of strengthening the relationship between the college and the business and residential communities. The Academic Village and Conference Center will reshape the western edge of the campus and be a landmark in Jamaica, Queens.
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