Chancellor Johnson Announces $2.25 Million Federal Grant Awarded to SUNY Adirondack

October 7, 2019

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded SUNY Adirondack with a $2.25 million grant. The funding will be used to assess and bolster the first-year experience for incoming students, expand academic support services, and enhance technology.

"Through SUNY Achieve, we have prioritized expanding support services across our university system, particularly for first-year students," said SUNY Chancellor Johnson. "This federal grant will help SUNY Adirondack provide access to a more robust set of academic support resources that will ensure our students can succeed."

The Title III: Strengthening Institutions Program support grant will be administered at $450,000 per year over five years. With the funding, SUNY Adirondack plans to add additional student success coaches to guide students throughout their first year, increase math remediation efforts, and implement technology enhancements to build higher student engagement. These efforts align with SUNY Achieve, a systemwide initiative to expand intensive, evidence-based supports that help students complete gateway courses in their first year.

"We are grateful for the necessary resources to increase the success rates of our students," said SUNY Adirondack President Kristine Duffy. "To create equitable outcomes for all, additional investments are required in order for us to provide intentional services and advanced technology. SUNY Adirondack will make good use of this Department of Education investment to support our students."

Strengthening Institutions Program grants are awarded to help higher education institutions become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students. The grants provide funds to improve and strengthen an institution's academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability. Funds may be used for planning, faculty development, establishing endowment funds, administrative management, and the development and improvement of academic programs. Other projects include the joint use of instructional facilities, construction, maintenance, and student-service programs designed to improve academic success. 

About SUNY Adirondack

SUNY Adirondack is a community college with a growing campus of the nation’s largest university, the State University of New York. With locations in Queensbury and Wilton, SUNY Adirondack also offers online courses, on-campus housing at the Queensbury campus and serves students via credit and continuing education programs.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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