Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
EOP reports that, due to its strong graduation and retention rates, additional direct aid to students was granted in the amount of $450,000.
EOP alumna Mabel Payne ‘71 made a generous donation of $100,000 to the EOP program.
Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) Passion for Action Programs
The Center for Civic Engagement’s Passion to Action series aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to create change in their communities. This semester, CCE hosted workshops that helped students understand their rights as student activists and taught them how to work more efficiently on teams through learning about leadership styles and SMART goal setting – goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. CCE also led a panel discussion that educated students about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the possible effects of repealing or reforming it. In response to students’ requests for more programming on understanding current events and policy, CCE will host two more panel discussions this semester — one on education policy and one on sustainability and environmental policy.
Binghamton University named Voter Friendly Campus
The Center for Civic Engagement announces that Binghamton University has been designated a Voter-Friendly Campus by the Campus Vote Project and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, based on institution-wide efforts toward reducing voting barriers for students leading up to the 2016 general election.
Binghamton University is part of the first-ever cohort of 83 institutions in 23 states designated as Voter-Friendly Campuses. The initiative held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encouraged their students to register and vote in the 2016 general election and in the coming years. A political engagement advisory committee of students, staff, faculty and community members facilitated the registration of nearly 2,500 Binghamton University student voters during the 2016 calendar year and assisted almost 350 students with filling out absentee ballot applications. Of the students who were registered with their on-campus address, 84 percent turned out on Election Day in November 2016 — 900 more than turned out in 2012.