• September 2, 2014

SUNY Sets a New Course With the Release of Its Strategic Plan

The State University of New York has released a new strategic plan meant to improve the system's reputation nationally and position the system as a vital economic engine within the state.

"There is a growing and welcome recognition that in a knowledge economy, institutions of higher education can—and must—be pivotal in generating growth and revitalizing communities," Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher wrote in an opening message to the new plan. "I am convinced SUNY can carry out this role for New York in ways that will set a standard for the rest of the nation."

The plan, "The Power of SUNY," focuses on eight themes that system leaders believe are central to the educational and economic interests of the state and that capitalize on the strengths of the system's 64 campuses.

Those themes include: creating new business opportunities through research, improving the education pipeline from secondary schools to colleges, improving health care within the state, and creating more sustainable forms of energy.

The new plan also proposes to make SUNY's colleges and universities a more visible part of their communities—by, for example, increasing the kinds and amount of service learning and volunteering by students and faculty members.

The system intends to release a document later that explains how it will achieve those goals and the measures it will use to gauge its progress.

The plan is one major component of Ms. Zimpher's efforts to revitalize the system, which has been plagued by frequent turnover in leadership and state budget cuts during the two recessions of the past decade.

Her other key initiative is a package of regulatory changes to give the system greater control of tuition, and opportunities to lease its land and engage in more public-private partnerships. Those measures were introduced as part of Gov. David Paterson's executive budget for the 2010 fiscal year, which began on April 1. The new budget has yet to be approved and the future of the changes is uncertain.

Comments

1. hoppingmadjunct - April 13, 2010 at 08:20 am

I guess education isn't a simple matter of paying teachers a living wage after all. How wonderful, after dedicating pretty much my every waking moment to the written work of some 2500 SUNY students over the last fifteen years for between $1800 and $2800 per 25 of them, to see those colorful balloons on the "Power of SUNY" web site and understand at last my employers' priorities about creating business connections within communities. And here's the beauty part: if those CONNECTIONS are good, if the NETWORKING is in place, studdnz whoaneven havta B abl 2 write ENNYWAYZ! N whee kin do without teechurs in TIRE lee!!

2. sanjaykapur - April 13, 2010 at 09:01 am

The Strategic plan says nothing about the only thing that really matters: How will SUNY raise enough money to fulfill its very core mission of educating New York's youth.

Everything else is fluff.

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