State of SUNY Address Promises to ‘Get Down to Business’
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher delivered her 2012 State of the University Address Jan. 9, unveiling plans to “get down to business” following a year of milestone accomplishments.
Zimpher vowed to capitalize on SUNY’s “systemness” in order to lower cost, enhance productivity, and elevate the importance of degree completion within the country’s largest comprehensive system of public higher education.
“The State University of New York has so many assets, but there is not one greater than our ‘systemness,’” Zimpher said. “Beyond the individual strengths that each of our 64 campuses possess, there is a powerful and unmatched capacity to reach our most ambitious goals together and to realize our highest achievements.”
The chancellor included Oswego’s co-op program among SUNY highlights of 2011. Oswego is launching the SUNY system’s first multiple-major co-op program, which can place students into full-time paying jobs helping companies such as Welch Allyn, IBM and Novelis on real projects for up to six months.
“In 2012 and beyond, SUNY will tap into that power of ‘systemness’ to create a more affordable, productive, and accessible university, while doing its part to generate economic development, create jobs, and prepare the workforce of tomorrow for New York State,” Zimpher said.
She outlined a plan for 2012 that expands upon programs and initiatives already at work within the system while focusing its efforts on breaking down the walls of the “iron triangle” of higher education — cost, productivity, access and completion.
In a statement released after the address, President Deborah F. Stanley highlighted Oswego initiatives that fit with the plan, including promotion of on-time graduation via the Oswego Guarantee, growing online instruction opportunities, innovative partnerships with local school districts and workforce-developing programs like the co-op.
“SUNY’s purpose is teaching and learning that enrich the quality of life for individuals and communities across the state and contribute to New York’s economic vitality,” Stanley said. “The initiatives the chancellor has introduced promise to enhance SUNY’s efficiency so that we may channel additional resources into this vital mission of teaching and learning.”