Educational Impact

More than 4,000 residents of Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Madison counties enroll in the college’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

More than a quarter of the college’s 71,000 alumni live in Central New York, and around two thirds in New York state. Of those who directly entered the workforce, 40 percent obtained their first jobs in Central New York.

The SUNY Oswego Metro Center offers a part-time MBA program and a range of graduate courses in education and liberal arts to build the knowledge base and marketability of local learners. The presence in downtown Syracuse provides Oswego’s strong programs to the area’s working professionals and residents and also allows the college to partner with regional educational initiatives and institutions. In 2009, more than 600 students were enrolled in courses at the Metro Center.

The SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center, located in the Oswego County Industrial Park, provides professional and workforce training opportunities for government agencies, private companies and individuals in Oswego and surrounding counties. In 2008-09, more than 400 people took part in the center’s non-credit programs and more than 550 students took credit-bearing courses there.

The Office of Business and Community Relations held 45 training events and forums on various topics with 2,823 attendees in 2008-09.

Project SMART is an innovative partnership between SUNY Oswego, schools in Oswego County, Syracuse and New York City, and area business and industry to improve teaching in public schools. 

Project BLEND, funded through state Education Department with support from the Wallace Foundation, creates a cohort of aspiring leaders with great potential to turn around high-needs schools. The new project has embarked on a series of action research projects involving students and faculty members in Syracuse, Mexico, Hannibal, Oswego and the Onondaga Nation.

Syracuse Academy of Science summer partnership provides paid residential college experience to high school students aspiring to careers in the S.T.E.M. fields.

Students in a graduate educational leadership program at SUNY Oswego form Issues Analysis Teams to conduct action research for superintendents, thus assisting Central New York school districts formulate solutions to problems.

The college’s annual Sheldon Institute each summer provides stimulating, hands-on educational experiences for more than 100 Central New York children. The program is held on the lakeside campus with offerings designed for students in grades 2 through 10. Scholarships are available.

In 2009, the college held an energy education institute for 20 schoolteachers from around the state. Plans are in place to offer this program again in 2010. From 1985 to 2005, the college operated energy education summer programs with funding from the New York Power Authority and Entergy Corp., reaching nearly 600,000 children through the approximately 500 teachers who participated.

SUNY Oswego is the designated administrator and a founding member of the SUNY North Country/Fort Drum Educational Services Consortium.

Undergraduate, part-time degree programs in accounting, business administration, information science, and public justice and a minor in economics along with the master’s in business administration program are designed specifically to address the educational needs of local residents, business and industry. There are currently 113 students enrolled in the undergraduate part-time degree programs and 160 in the MBA program.

The college’s American Management Association Certificate Programs help local businesses to train employees for various positions by offering certificates for administrative professionals; leadership and management; and human resources.

Rice Creek Field Station conducts nature education workshops and activities for the community. In 2008-09, hundreds of schoolchildren, senior citizens and other members of the general public participated in such programs, while thousands more used the trails in its nearly 300 acres of diverse habitats. Under a grant from the Natural Heritage Trust, the station is open free to the public on Saturdays as well as weekdays.

The college’s Office of Business and Community Relations operates Leadership Oswego County to prepare a well-informed, diverse network of community leaders. There are more than 370 alumni of the program– many of whom are currently active in community service. Business and Community Relations also offers customized programs for Oswego County businesses that are new or expanding and governance development programs for nonprofit boards.

Hundreds of extracurricular educational programs on campus, such as lectures by visiting scholars, are open to the community each year. Recent renowned speakers have included Art Spiegelman, Oliver Sacks and James Burke, as well as Oswego Reading Initiative authors Tracy Kidder, Elizabeth Kolbert and Anthony Grooms.

The Office of Business and Community Relations sponsors public issues forums featuring practitioners and policy makers on such topics as alternative energy, community transportation networks, college-community art partnerships and health care.

Team Sheldon, named for campus founder Edward Austin Sheldon, is an academic consortium promoting countywide academic excellence from preschool to higher education. It provides a vehicle for collaboration between the college’s School of Education , BOCES  and  P-12  schools across Oswego County.

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