“When you think about a school like Villa Maria College, you can love what you’re doing and have it be a career,” said Janet Snyder to Villa’s President Dr. Matthew Giordano on the October 27th episode of WNY Living, on which President Giordano appeared.
During the five-minute segment, the pair discussed President Giordano’s vision for the College, which is to continue to be the most supportive and student-centered institution in Western New York with great academic programs, like animation, interior design, graphic design, photography, and digital filmmaking.
Also discussed were some of Villa’s strengths: a hands-on education, classroom experience that can translate to the work place, and individual attention from faculty because of the College’s 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
To close, President Giordano invited the Western New York community to visit Villa during its Fall Open House on Monday, November 12. For more information and to register for Fall Open House, visit Villa.edu/admissions/visit-us/fall-open-house.
To watch the complete segment, visit www.wgrz.com/article/entertainment/television/programs/wny-living/october-27-villa-maria-college/71-607714910.
President Giordano was also featured in the Saturday, October 27 edition of The Buffalo News. In this piece, President Giordano responded to an Oct. 21 editorial in which The News pointed out that many high school graduates are not prepared for college, leaving colleges and universities responsible for bringing first-year students up to speed.
While President Giordano agreed that under-preparedness is an issue, he also believes that it is an issue that is being addressed by some institutions. He goes on to say that Villa Maria has led the way in implementing innovative student-centered strategies that work to close skills gaps by eliminating pre-college, zero-credit remedial courses in English and math, implementing a mentorship program, adding embedded tutors to certain classrooms and more.
According to President Giordano, there is one thing everyone could do to help solve this issue: talk about it.
To read the complete op-ed, visit buffalonews.com/2018/10/27/another-voice-dialogue-is-needed-on-raising-student-performance.