President Eanes Delivers the State of the College Address

Sign of York College located at the back of the Core Building Photo Credit: Parsram

By Tatiana Tait

On Oct. 28, 2021, York President Berenecea J. Eanes held the State of the College Address sharing data and updates on the campus as well as expressing her goals and future expectations for the foreseeable future of the campus. The event was live-streamed over several platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and the college’s website. “Every part of our York family needs to know that the state of the college is a reflection of what we hope for, who we think we are… and important information that I believe and the leadership team of the campus believe that you should receive,” said Eanes.

This semester, York is slowly shifting back to mostly in-person courses, and with that, came new protocols and programs to assist students in their return. “We’re planning for Spring 2022,” said Eanes. “We need to
get our students back in person… we want to hear your feedback so that we can continue to push towards reaching our goal of 70 percent of courses offered in-person or hyflex.”

The president also touched on many different departments and new projects. Student health services, the new One-Stop Welcome Center, new academic programs, campus budgeting, and more services students and staff can expect
to see in the upcoming semesters. “We took an extra step and developed a pilot project called the York One-Stop Welcome Center,” said Eanes, who then noted all of the student help services offered such as Registrar, Bursar, Information Technology and much more. “We wanted to be sure that we were focused on the service of
the students in real time and in the moment.”

Another milestone for the college included new ranking for the college, as listed by the U.S. News World and Report 2022 Rankings. York was ranked as #33 in the best Regional Colleges North, categorized by a group colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant less than 50% of their degrees in liberal arts studies. Along the Regional Colleges
North ranking, York also took 11th place for being the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” and 19th for the “Top Public Schools” category.

“This is directly connected to your academic success and the academic excellence of the institution,” said Eanes. “Thank you so much to our faculty for the hard work, you do not get recognized for this without the work of the
faculty.” She ends the address by assuring students and staff that the college is working diligently to keep
these projects and hopes for the school alive.

“We are handing it [State of the College Address] into the chancellor and it will become the official mechanism for which our document is officially saying to everyone we are one York, these are our goals and this is what we
are going to be doing.”

For more details regarding the address, you can refer back to the live event on the college website,

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