Susan Kahn
Students exchange ideas in a lecture hall.

SAT scores in 2000-01 are on a re-centered scale that took effect in 1996, adding nearly 100 points to the average test score. The information on high school class ranking has also undergone a revision in methodology. In recent years, class rankings are available for a larger proportion of the freshman class, thus improving the accuracy of this information.

Syracuse's average SAT score has increased significantly and remains far above the national average for college-bound students. The proportion of students ranked in the top tiers of their high school classes is also increasing.

Itís our vision for the future: Syracuse University will become the nationís leading student-centered research institution. The ďbecomingĒ is a constant process, but the progress illustrated here is truly extraordinary.

Improved Registration and Student Records Services
Students can register for courses 16 hours a day for the 7-day registration period via the Internet. Introduced in 1999, the system, known as SCORE (Student-Centered Online Records Environment), virtually eliminated the need to stand in line or even be on campus to register. The system also streamlined the processes of clearing advising holds and obtaining permission to enroll in a restricted class. Largely freed from clerical data-entry tasks, staff can now devote more time to individual student needs.

Improved Academic Advising
Initiatives in this area include the following: stronger advisor training and materials; improved systems for evaluating the advising process; revised tenure and promotion policies to reflect an emphasis on high-quality advising; and improved access and timely dissemination of advising information. Syracuse University earned the National Academic Advising Associationís Outstanding Advising Program Award in 1996 as a result of these improvements.

Learning Communities
This initiative, begun in 1998 with pilot communities for honors and management students, is a collaboration between the offices of academic and student affairs and provides first-year students with exceptional opportunities to link their classroom activities with learning that takes place in the residence halls. This fall, 15 learning communities are available, 11 of them open to freshmen. Within 10 years, all students will be able to take advantage of a learning community at some point during their time on campus.

Improved Bursar Operations
Significant strides in anticipating student and family needs, improving communications, and enhancing service dramatically reduced student registration cancellations because of financial holds, from 1,217 in 1991 to 90 in 2001.

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