Wednesday, December 6, 2017

SUNYCAP Leadership Institute Grad

Kyle Fennell
Senior Admissions Counselor & Events Coordinator
SUNY Potsdam

As I enter my 6th year in Admissions at SUNY Potsdam, I have evolved, developed and grown in many ways since starting as an Admissions Counselor at the University in December 2012.  As I transition into a new role as the Admissions Events Coordinator and supervisor of our student ambassadors, I feel that the professional development that I have experienced as a member of SUNYCAP, University College Rep on the SUNYCAP Executive Board, in addition to the recent completion of my SUNYCAP Leadership Institute (SLI) Certificate in Enrollment Management, has contributed greatly to the success that I have achieved in the Admissions field thus far.

       The SUNYCAP Leadership Institute is committed to the professional growth and development of Admissions professionals, who have expressed interest in serving as future leaders in our profession.  The overall goal is to blend and manage initiatives that will assist in the development of future leaders, who in return will be retained, challenged and enriched through professional opportunities.  The SLI program is taught by experienced enrollment and Admissions professionals, from both within and outside the SUNY System, and covers a wide range of topics, including student recruitment, financial aid, and strategic enrollment planning and retention.

            Five workshops are required for program completion, in addition to two electives, all of which are offered at the annual SUNYCAP Conference every June, and at drive-in programs.  The five required courses include: How to Write a Strategic Enrollment Plan; Budget Writing; Institutional Research; Marketing and Promotion; and Human Resource Issues.  Other requirements to obtain the SLI Certificate include having a minimum of three years of Admissions experience, in addition to being a member of SUNYCAP.  Upon completion of all program requirements, graduates are awarded a Certificate in Enrollment Management.

            I would highly recommend working toward obtaining your Certificate in Enrollment Management, as I recently completed it in June 2017, and was recognized at the annual conference.  It is a great opportunity that will open up doors to your future success in higher education and the Admissions profession.  If you are interested in learning more about the SUNYCAP Leadership Institute, I encourage you to visit:

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