Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that 464,981 students enrolled at the
64 SUNY campuses for the fall 2009 semester. This is largest number of
students ever served by SUNY.
year-to-year increase of 25,458 students represents an increase of nearly six
percent and is the largest single-year increase in SUNY’s history.
“These historic enrollment
numbers clearly demonstrate that more people view SUNY as the best option for a
world-class education at an affordable price,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “We
are committed to continuing to provide excellent educational opportunities and
serving as an engine of economic recovery for New York. That is why SUNY is
engaging in a system-wide strategic plan to make sure we can serve this
increased demand in tough economic times.”
“The fact that
SUNY colleges continue to try to accommodate even more students in the face of a
very tight budgets speak to the dedication of our faculty and staff to do their
very best to serve under trying conditions,” said SUNY Interim Provost David K.
- The 30 SUNY Community
Colleges continue to enroll more students, 242,742, than the four-year
- Enrollments grew by 9.8
percent over the prior year at the community colleges.
- Fourteen community colleges
reported growth of more than 10 percent and Adirondack, Dutchess, Suffolk, and Ulster community colleges grew more than 15 percent. All 30 community colleges
grew at least four percent.
- Fueling the growth at the
community colleges was an increase of 10.8 percent in first time full-time
students, a 21.4 percent increase in new transfer students, and an11.8
percent increase in continuing students.
- 222,239 students enrolled at
the baccalaureate and doctoral granting campuses, 3,711 more students than
in the prior year, an increase of 1.7 percent.
- The Colleges of Technology
at Alfred State, Canton, and Delhi; Empire State College, Upstate Medical University, and the College at Old Westbury grew enrollment by more than 5
Campus-specific enrollment is
Trend and other enrollment data are available here.
Many of these community
college students will move through the education pipeline to the SUNY baccalaureate
and doctoral granting campuses at a time when resources have greatly diminished.
Chancellor Zimpher commented that with booming enrollment at the community
college and modest growth at the baccalaureate and doctoral granting
institutions, SUNY needs to better plan and manage enrollment.
Enrollment impacts all SUNY
does, the chancellor said, including other core infrastructure issues such as
student mobility and the need for five-year budgeting and additional
During Chancellor Zimpher’s 2009 tour of all 64
campuses, strategic enrollment management was identified as one of the core
infrastructure issue that SUNY needed to address. Core infrastructure issues
affect current day-to-day operations of SUNY and are separate and distinct from
the emerging themes which concern the formulation of a strategic plan that will
guide SUNY through the next decade.
The overarching theme in
SUNY’s strategic planning process is Ensuring Economic Vitality
and Quality of Life for New York. For more information about SUNY’s
strategic planning process, click here.
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