Cradle to Career
A SUNY Big Idea: The Seamless Education Pipeline
Our society's makeshift education pipeline ideally would offer all citizens a path for successful lives from birth to retirement. SUNY Oswego offers programs that strengthen segments of the pipeline and help close gaps between segments.
Our foundational School of Education prepares students to teach people through stages of their lives — from early childhood to college to vocational retraining — and partners with schools around the state to keep students on the path to fulfilling lives.
Nearly all our degree programs offer our students real-world experiences where they can apply their learning and make connections with the professional world through alumni networks, internships, our distinctive Global Laboratory and other hands-on experiences.
In 2010-11, we found new ways to expand and strengthen our connections and networks with schools, students, graduate programs, alumni and employers.
Connecting with schools
The college has numerous partnerships with schools around the state and a large professional network involving alumni who are teachers, counselors, principals and superintendents. The following are a few of the programs with schools that were in the news in 2010-11.
- The New Visions partnership of SUNY Oswego and the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services prepares high school students for college. Besides learning on campus, students go into the field to learn from professionals in their respective career programs. "The students are immersed with college professors and working professionals. . . . Their maturity level skyrockets," said Ron Camp from BOCES.
- At Youth Technology Day, teachers-to-be at Oswego shared the fun and fascination of hands-on technology with middle and high school students.
- The college offered literacy coaching institutes to help develop school districts' approaches to literacy education.
- A group of local and national educators gathered in downtown Syracuse to share their insights in an open discussion on using culturally relevant teaching to help students in the public schools learn.
- Internationally, SUNY Oswego's first GENIUS Olympiad science and art competition encouraged original work by secondary school students from around the world aimed at drawing attention to and mitigating environmental problems.
Keeping students in college
SUNY Oswego is always devising ways to help students stay on track to earn their degree and lend a helping hand to students facing difficulties that may interfere with their progress. In 2010-11, those efforts continued and won national recognition.
- The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience named Oswego's coordinator of first-year programs an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, the third time in recent years that an Oswego staff member has been so honored. The awards recognize Oswego's ongoing development of programs that help first-year students transition effectively to college.
- A new effort to help first-year students in 2010-11 was the introduction of midterm grades in lower-division courses to help first-year students gauge how they are doing in time to correct course if necessary.
- Our college's new co-op program, which can place students into full-time paying jobs in their areas of interest for up to six months, positions Oswego as a significant contributor of field-trained graduates to employers throughout the region and beyond. It is the SUNY system's first multiple-major cooperative education program.
- SUNY Oswego's sixth annual Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit welcomed top media industry experts to connect with students about the current state and future directions of the rapidly changing media and social media scene.
- Oswego students are a hot commodity for Target Corp., which ranks our college among the top three in the Northeast in its recruiting for interns and employees, especially in business-related fields such as human resources and finance.
Oswego alumni help students engage with careers that loom promisingly in their future.
- Among alumni inspiring students in 2010-11 was career coach and bestselling author Lois Frankel, author of such books as "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office."
- Corporate CEOs Fred Festa and Jeffrey Evans were among alumni returning for the first Future Oswego Leaders Conference to offer students advice.
Expanding pipeline access
- Oswego is part of the national McNair Program, which facilitates entry to doctoral programs, especially for members of challenged groups. "I am a McNair Scholar, and McNair has been wonderful. It's not only an excellent support group for undergraduate researchers who want to earn their Ph.D.s, but it has supplied me with the ability to do things I would not have been able to do otherwise," said Mark Potter as a senior. "To me, there's no greater achievement than helping out a student, breaking things down for them and seeing the light bulb come on — and then actually seeing them turn around and help someone else."
- Elluminate Live!'s motto is "no user left behind," and the college's vocational-teacher preparation department piloted use of the online conferencing software in 2010-11 to extend learning opportunities to place-bound adult students.
- Oswego is investigating the status of women faculty in the sciences and related disciplines under a project supported by the National Science Foundation.
- The National Science Foundation also is helping to support the college's distinctive Possibility Scholars program designed to recruit and retain talented students who otherwise could not afford to pursue degrees in science and technology fields.
- Students returning from a Global Laboratory experience in Brazil told how it opened opportunities for them as future scientists, as they explored new avenues for advanced research in graduate school.
- Oswego's new online MBA program enables students as diverse as soldiers at Fort Drum, busy professionals around New York state and Oswego alumni from Pennsylvania to India to obtain their master's degrees in business administration.
- Accounting is the "language of business," and Oswego's Center for Accounting Research and Education launched an effort to increase the number of people from minority groups studying accounting and entering the profession. The effort aims to bring new ethnic diversity to the business arena and expand opportunity for underrepresented populations.
- A new virtual tour of SUNY Oswego makes the campus accessible to visitors anytime, anywhere from the Web or mobile devices, giving prospective students a better feel for what college life will be like.
Developing the work force
- SUNY's Oswego-based Professional Science Master's Program aims to equip science-trained students with business-related skills as well so that they can enter the business-industry arena in New York state ready to contribute at a high level. They can bridge the communication gap between engineers and MBAs on the way to developing successful products. The program received renewed support from the Sloan Foundation in 2010-11.
- A new course that shows English majors where words can take them puts their talents to use in the workplace helping nonprofit agencies produce policy manuals, online tutorials and marketing materials. "The course has helped me figure out what I want to do with my life," Anthony Catalano said.
- An Australian Fulbright Scholar chose Oswego for his home base to explore innovative vocational-training ideas.
- Graduate students in agricultural and mathematics education as of 2010-11 have the opportunity to combine Peace Corps service overseas and a master's degree through the Master's International program.