Annual Review 2011: Education Pipeline
I. SUNY Oswego and the Seamless Education Pipeline
• SUNY Oswego's Festa Fellows Program is funded by alumnus Fred Festa, President and CEO of W. R. Grace & Co. provides. Graduate students receive stipends of up to $10,000 each along with tuition and arrangement of a high level professional placement. Over the last five years, 35 Fellows have successfully completed the programs and are working across New York State in firms as diverse as independent investment counsel, J.W. Burns and the North Country's largest retailer, Kinney Drugs.
• The Possibility Scholarship, SUNY Oswego's newest donor funded, four-year STEM scholarship program, was established to grow local leaders in science and technology, engineering and mathematics among first-generation academically qualified students from the Syracuse and Oswego school districts. The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a Local-Global Engagement Model for STEM Workforce Development‖ grant of $600,000 to fund science scholarships and a pre-math camp. Forty students enrolled.
• This fall, SUNY Oswego launched the "Mentor-Scholars for Middle School" program designed to provide large-scale academic and social development assistance to Oswego Middle School students (grades 7 and 8 to increase persistence rates through high school graduation). The project was planned in collaboration with the Superintendent of Oswego City Schools and Oswego Middle School principal and staff. SUNY Oswego will recruit and train 75 students each fall and spring semester (making available a total of 150 each academic year) to serve as mentors-scholars for students identified by the Oswego City School District as underserved or at risk.
• SUNY Oswego's Summer Science Immersion program, begun in 2009, is an early intervention partnership. SUNY Oswego and the Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School have begun a partnership designed to help pave the way to careers in science fields for inner-city teens. This summer 14 high school students are attending.
• SUNY Oswego is a member of Say Yes for Syracuse City School District graduates. We also support and work with On Point for College, a Syracuse-based non-profit dedicated to making college accessible and a successful for low-income inner-city youth.
• SUNY Oswego received a PricewaterhouseCoopers grant this year to create a triangle of support for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in accounting programs. The triangle — faculty, outstanding students and alumni — serve as academic coaches and mentors to area high school students during a three-day summer 2011 residential program.
• SUNY Oswego's Summer Scholars Program is funded by $50,000 in donors' gifts each year to support student stipends for significant student/ faculty scholarly and creative projects over the summer term. In 2010, 30 student-scholars were funded and in 2011, 40 student-scholars have received support.
• SUNY Oswego offers high school students throughout New York State the opportunity to earn 3 transferable college credits in high school language classes. In 2010, over 1,000 high school students were enrolled.
• SUNY Oswego partners with the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to offer college credit to high school students enrolled in one of three New Visions programs (Education, Law and Government or Allied Health). This academic year, 86 Oswego County High School students earned 9 to 12 credits.
• The SUNY Oswego Metro Center, a customized learning center in downtown Syracuse, brings opportunities for training, retraining and advanced education to the greater Syracuse urban community. Examples of spring 2011 programs offered by or hosted at the Metro Center are Careers in Finance, WRVO Community Forums and the CNY Career Services Convocation. During 2010-11, 580 students attended 63 sections of undergraduate and graduate courses.
• The SUNY Oswego Phoenix Center was established in 1994 to deliver education and training services to meet community and business needs in Oswego County. The Phoenix Center provides professional development training, open enrollment academic opportunities, public issues forums and many additional opportunities and resources including an American Management Association Certificate Program (AMA), as well as certificate programs in Human Resource Management and Leadership and Management. SUNY Oswego's extended $350,000 contract with the Oswego County Department of Social Services (DSS) provides organizational and professional development training for DSS employees with undergraduate and graduate courses and/or professional development, non-credit courses at the Phoenix Center. The center has hosted monthly meetings of the Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET), and last fall was the venue for the Oswego County Round of the Eckerd Drug Quiz Show, which had participation by all middle schools in Oswego County.
• SUNY Oswego provides extended and continuing education, through its Division of Extended Learning, that facilitates year-round opportunities for adult learners — particularly part-time students and working adults — through on-campus daytime degree programs, evening degree programs, distance learning, online programs, CLEP testing, Winter Session, and Summer Sessions.
• SUNY Oswego's online courses during 2010-11 totaled 315 with 12,937 registered students. We offer full online degree programs in Masters of Business Administration, Broadcasting, Public Justice and Vocational Teacher Preparation.
• Project SMART is a three-decades-old corporate and private partnership involving Oswego County public school leaders, our own School of Education faculty members and partners from the Oswego County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Currently, Project SMART members have been working with their Professional Development Schools (PDS) urban schools to support a writing workshop model of instruction.
• For school principals and other leaders who work in challenging settings, SUNY Oswego's Project BLEND (Building Leadership Excellence for Needs-Based Districts) provides professional development that includes clinically rich experiences with mentors in the field who are current proven leaders.
SUNY Urban-Rural Teacher Corps
• SUNY Oswego was just recently awarded a $1,727,500 Race to the Top grant by the New York State Education Department for a Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Program for 33 students. This program introduces a new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree that will integrate course work (37 credit hours) with intensive school residency experiences in order to prepare teachers to work in high needs schools in the areas of Secondary Education, the sciences, mathematics, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or Elementary Education (7-12) with a concentration in mathematics or science. The model incorporates an intensive residency element that combines comprehensive theoretical knowledge with more than 10 months of clinical experience in high needs schools and alternative education sites in urban New York City, Syracuse and rural Oswego County.