State University of New YorkState University of New York's 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all New York citizens and comprise the nation's largest, centrally managed system of public higher education.
When founded in 1948, the University consolidated 29 state- operated, but unaffiliated institutions. In response to need, the University has grown to a point where its impact is felt educationally, culturally and economically the length and breadth of the state.
Nearly 370,000 students are pursuing traditional study in classrooms or are working at home, at their own pace, through such innovative institutions as Empire State College, whose students follow individualized and often nontraditional paths to a degree. Of the total enrollment, more than 100,000 students are 24 years or older, reflecting State University's services to specific constituencies, such as refresher courses for the professional community, continuing educational opportunities for returning service personnel, and personal enrichment for more mature persons.
State University's research contributions are helping to solve some of modern society's most urgent problems. It was a State University scientist who first warned the world of potentially harmful mercury deposits in canned fish, and another who made the connection between automobile and industrial exhaust combining to cause changes in weather patterns. Other University researchers continue important studies in such wide-ranging areas as immunology, marine biology, sickle-cell anemia, and organ transplantation.
More than 1,000 public service activities are currently being pursued on State University campuses. Examples of these efforts include special training courses for local government personnel, State civil service personnel, and the unemployed; participation by campus personnel in joint community planning or project work, and campus community arrangements for community use of campus facilities.
A distinguished faculty includes nationally and internationally recognized figures in all major disciplines. Their efforts are recognized each year in the form of such prestigious awards as Fulbright-Hayes, Guggenheim, and Danforth fellowships.
The University offers a wide diversity of what are considered the more conventional career fields, such as business, engineering, medicine, teaching literature, dairy, farming, medical technology, accounting, social work, forestry and automotive technology. Additionally, its responsiveness to progress in all areas of learning and to tomorrow's developing societal needs has resulted in concentrations which include pollution, urban studies, computer science, immunology, preservation of national resources, and microbiology.
SUNY programs for the educationally and economically disadvantaged have become models for delivering better learning opportunities to a once-forgotten segment of society. Educational opportunity centers offer high school equivalency and college preparatory courses to provide young people and adults with the opportunity to begin college or to learn marketable skills. In addition, campus-based educational opportunity programs provide counseling, developmental education, and financial aid to disadvantaged students in traditional degree programs.
Overall, at its EOC's, two-year colleges, four-year campuses and university and medical centers, the University offers 3,600 academic programs. Degree opportunities range from two-year associate programs to doctoral studies offered at 12 senior campuses.
The 30 two-year community colleges operating under the program of State University play a unique role in the expansion of educational opportunity. They provide local industry with trained technicians in a wide variety of occupational curriculums, and offer transfer options to students who wish to go on and earn advanced degrees.
The University passed a major milestone in 1985 when it graduated its one-millionth alumnus. The majority of SUNY graduates pursue careers in communities across the State.
State University is governed by a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, which directly determines the policies to be followed by the 34 state-supported campuses. Community colleges have their own local boards of trustees whose relationship to the SUNY board is defined by law. The state contributes one- third to 40 percent of their operating cost and one-half of their capital costs.
The State University motto is:
"To Learn-To Search-To Serve.''
John W. Ryan, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor
Donald G. Dunn, B.A., M.A.
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Peter D. Salins, B.Arch., M.R.P., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Scott W. Steffey, B.A.
University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
George H. Buchanan, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business
Brian Stenson, B.A., M.P.A.
Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the University
John J. O'Connor, B.A., M.S.
Board of Trustees
Thomas F. Egan, Chair, Rye;
Erland E. Kailbourne, Vice Chair, Albany;
Edward F. Cox, New York City;
Randy A. Daniels, New York City;
Candace de Russy, Bronxville;
Arnold B. Gardner, Buffalo;
Louis T. Howard, Amityville;
Pamela R. Jacobs, Buffalo;
Simon Johnson, Albany;
Nicole Kim, Newark, NJ;
Miles L. Lasser, Jamestown;
Edward S. Nelson, Norwich;
Paul R. Perez, Bronxville;
Harvey F. Wachsman, Great Neck
University CentersUniversity at Albany, State University of New York, State University of New York at Binghamton, State University of New York at Buffalo, State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Colleges of Arts and ScienceEmpire State College, State University College at Brockport, State University College at Buffalo, State University College at Cortland, State University College at Fredonia, State University College at Geneseo, State University College at New Paltz, State University College at Old Westbury, State University College at Oneonta, State University College at Oswego, State University College at Plattsburgh, State University College at Potsdam, State University College at Purchase.
Colleges and Centers for the Health SciencesHealth Science Center at Brooklyn, Health Science Center at Syracuse, College of Optometry at New York City, (Health Sciences Center at Buffalo)*, (Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook)*.
Agricultural and Technical CollegesAgricultural and Technical College at Alfred, Agricultural and Technical College at Canton, Agricultural and Technical College at Cobleskill, Agricultural and Technical College at Delhi, Agricultural and Technical College at Farmingdale, Agricultural and Technical College at Morrisville.
Specialized CollegesCollege of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, College of Technology at Utica/Rome, (Fashion Institute of Technology at New York City).
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University, College of Ceramics at Alfred University, College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
Community Colleges (Locally sponsored, two-year colleges under the program of State University) Adirondack Community College at Glens Falls, Broome Community College at Binghamton, Cayuga County Community College at Auburn, Clinton Community College at Plattsburgh, Columbia- Greene Community College at Hudson, Community College of the Finger Lakes at Canandaigua, Coming Community College at Coming, Dutchess Community College at Poughkeepsie, Erie Community College at Williamsville, Buffalo, and Orchard Park, Fashion Institute of Technology at New York City, Fulton-Montgomery Community College at Johnstown, Genesee Community College at Batavia, Herkimer County Community College at Herkimer, Hudson Valley Community College at Troy, Jamestown Community College at Jamestown, Jefferson Community College at Watertown, Mohawk Valley Community College at Utica, Monroe Community College at Rochester, Nassau Community College at Garden City, Niagara County Community College at Sanborn, North Country Community College at Saranac Lake, Onondaga Community College at Syracuse, Orange County Community College at Middletown, Rockland Community College at Suffern, Schenectady County Community College at Schenectady, Suffolk County Community College at Selden, Riverhead and Brentwood, Sullivan County Community College at Loch Sheldrake, Tompkins Cortland Community College at Dryden, Ulster County Community College at Stone Ridge, Westchester Community College at Valhalla.
* Centers at Buffalo and Stony Brook are operated under the administration of their respective University Centers.
While authorized to offer such baccalaureate and master's degree programs as may be approved pursuant to the provisions of the Master Plan, in addition to the associate degree, the Fashion Institute of Technology is financed and administered in the manner provided for community colleges.
These operate as "contract colleges" on the campuses of independent universities.
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