Improvements to the Education Pipeline on the Rise
Albany – The State University
of New York today released its 2012 Report Card, which includes data from
SUNY’s baseline year of reporting (2008-09) and subsequent years, enabling the
system’s stakeholders and members of the public to measure SUNY’s progress
toward its goals for the university system and for New York State.
“The State University of New
York is the public’s university,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “With
our strategic plan, we have made a commitment to all New Yorkers to create
jobs, improve education from cradle to career, reduce our carbon footprint, and
much more as we aim to drive economic development and improve the quality of
life throughout our great state. The annually published SUNY Report Card is our
way of being transparent about our progress and allowing the public to hold us
accountable for it. We are proud to release this most recent edition today.”
Two areas in which SUNY has
made significant progress since 2008-09 are job creation and sealing the leaks
in the education pipeline through a number of rapidly expanding initiatives.
SUNY has created 790 new jobs
through its federally-sponsored research programs this year, a 14.7 percent
increase since 2008-09. The jobs created estimate is based on STAR METRICS: Science and
Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on
Innovation, Competitiveness and Science, which takes into account the number of
faculty conducting research, collaboration with partnering institutions and vendors,
and institutional support staff who are employed as a result of federal
Additionally, the system’s
focus on sealing the leaks in the education pipeline by partnering with schools
and communities statewide to collaboratively approach education from cradle to
career have been widely embraced across the state.
SUNY is an important partner
in cradle-to-career networks that have formed throughout New York, in Albany,
Clinton County, Harlem, Rochester, and Queens. In addition, many other
neighborhoods in the State have expressed interest in pursuing this major
education reform initiative. Three of these sites (Albany, Clinton, Rochester)
qualify for membership in the Strive National Network, a Report Card metric.
Nine SUNY campuses this year
launched and expanded cooperative education programs in coordination with the
system’s SUNY Works initiative, which aims to bring co-op to every campus. As part of the program, SUNY colleges have
established partnerships with local businesses and employers to formally
integrate academic coursework with paid, on-the-job work experience in the
students’ field of study. Current business partners include: Global Foundries,
General Electric, IBM, Motorola, and Chevron.
SUNY now operates two new
graduate level Urban Rural Teachers Corps pilot programs, which are funded
through New York’s Race To The Top grant and offer teacher training more akin
to the clinical training that medical professionals receive, as recommended by
the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Blue Ribbon
Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning in
2010. The program also ensures that students who participate are placed in New
York’s “high-need” school districts and remain in-state. These programs are
located at the University at Albany and SUNY Oswego. Recently, SUNY Cortland
and SUNY Oswego were awarded nearly $1 million in additional Race To The Top
funding to launch undergraduate clinically-rich teacher education pilot programs.
Finally, 964 students
received college-level credits in Early Colleges High Schools in 2010-11, a
nearly 400 percent increase since 2008-09 in which 193 students received
credit. SUNY is providing leadership on 23 Early College High Schools across the
state and SUNY campuses are partners in 18 Smart Scholars Early College High
Schools, which allow students to successfully graduate from high school without
the need for remediation while simultaneously earning college credit. This
improves the retention and graduation of these students, shortens their
time-to-degree, and saves them money.
The SUNY Report Card is
broken out into three sections to reflect the system’s organizational
commitment to building a more Competitive SUNY, driving an increasingly Competitive
New York and ensuring that Diversity Counts as the system pursues
each of its goals.
For this third edition of the
Report Card, SUNY has gone digital, beginning to provide its most critical data
in a user-friendly and more accessible format. The first section – A
Competitive SUNY – is delivered online using an interactive dashboard of
metrics and accompanying data. The two remaining sections, which will be
delivered online in later editions, are currently delivered in PDF format with
data organized to appear similar to the online dashboard.
Both versions can be accessed
The Report Card is issued in
advance of SUNY’s second annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference,
which will be held this
week in New York City and has attracted more than 400 education, business
and industry officials from across the globe.
The SUNY Report Card provides
a level of public accountability and transparency that New Yorkers - and most
Americans - have never seen from public or private institutions of higher
education. Chancellor Zimpher urged Report Card users to also view the system’s
two previous report cards and its strategic plan, in order to get the broadest
perspective and full appreciation of how far SUNY has come.
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.