Oswego One of Six SUNY Colleges to Debut Open SUNY

Stephen Aschkenes ’14The SUNY system has selected SUNY Oswego’s nationally ranked online master’s in business administration and MBA in health services administration to join only six other degree programs in the soft launch this spring of Open SUNY.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher introduced the new Open SUNY degree programs during her annual State of the University address Jan. 14 in Albany.

“Open SUNY will provide our students with the nation’s leading online learning experience, drawing on the power of SUNY to expand access, improve completion and prepare more students for success,” Zimpher said.

The first Open SUNY degrees were chosen based on factors including student interest, accreditation, and capacity to meet current and future workforce demand throughout New York state.

“We are proud to have our online MBA and our MBA/HSA as the only graduate programs in the first wave of Open SUNY,” SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said. “All the qualities that make our programs great will be available throughout SUNY and beyond as premier online offerings.”

Open SUNY support network

Campuses with bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs in the initial rollout of Open SUNY are Stony Brook University, Empire State College, SUNY Delhi, and Broome and Finger Lakes community colleges. Students will enroll in each program through the campus that hosts it. Open SUNY will eventually encompass every online course offered at every SUNY campus, the chancellor said, “and make them easy to find and accessible for every SUNY student.”

SUNY’s signature initiative will offer online courses and programs with a comprehensive suite of support and services to aid in degree completion. Built-in supports will include 24/7 assistance for students, whether they need technical help, tutoring, financial planning or academic advisement services, as well as a Center for Online Teaching Excellence where faculty can opt-in to training programs and online forums to broaden their knowledge about developing effective online courses or share best practices and learn directly from colleagues across SUNY.

—Office of Public Affairs

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