SUNY's Academic-Business Partnerships Highlighted As International Leader

September 9, 2013

Feature Article about SUNY Works by Chancellor Zimpher Distributed to Every High School in the Country

Albany — The World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) recently highlighted SUNY Works as an international leader, featuring an article by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in their 2014 “Best of Co-op” Guide. The WACE guide, which features SUNY on the cover, was distributed to every high school in the country in advance of the 2013-14 academic year.

The article, available online, includes comment by SUNY Works students, administrators, and employers working with SUNY Oswego, Schenectady Community College, and Stony Brook University.

“Under Chancellor Zimpher's leadership, SUNY has become an ideal example of what we hope for the future of cooperative education not only in the United States but worldwide,” said WACE Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paul J. Stonely. “SUNY Works is a model program that is catching on quickly throughout New York, and with good reason.”

“SUNY Works is a win-win-win formula,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Students are given an earn-while-you-learn opportunity that makes them more qualified for employment after graduation; businesses are directly involved in job training; and campuses are able to answer local workforce demand while meeting the state’s economic development needs.”

“WACE has been an important partner in SUNY’s efforts to bring cooperative education to scale across New York, and we are proud to be highlighted nationally as the school year begins.”

SUNY Works is the university system’s co-operative education program, in which SUNY faculty work with employers to develop academic curricula and include as part of the course paid, on-the-job work experience within the students' field of study. SUNY announced the launch of Phase II of SUNY Works in July.

Ninety-five percent of students who participate in co-op nationally find jobs immediately upon graduation; and seven out of every 10 co-op students are offered positions by the employers for which they worked while enrolled in the program.

About WACE
WACE is the only international professional organization dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative and work-integrated education programs within industry and educational institutions. Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (CWIE) includes cooperative education, internships, semester in industry, international co-op exchanges, study abroad, research, clinical rotations, service learning, and community service.

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, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 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 opportunity, visit

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