Albany – The State University of New York
today announced that ten SUNY campuses have been awarded grants under a $6
million dollar initiative from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The
“Smart Scholars” program will facilitate the creation of 11 Early College
High Schools across New
York State, eight of which are SUNY
College High Schools play an important role in the education pipeline, allowing
students to accelerate their high school courses while earning college credit.
These partnerships are designed to increase high school graduation as well as
college completion rates among disadvantaged students.
Scholars” is an excellent example of the big ideas SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher is seeking as part
of SUNY’s strategic planning process, specifically in regard to the education
pipeline, one of seven major themes.
like to thank the Gates Foundation, Governor Paterson, and the New York State
Board of Regents for this historic opportunity for children in our state,” said
Chancellor Zimpher. “Through this partnership with CUNY, independent colleges
and local school districts, SUNY is well positioned to take on a leadership
role for New York’s education pipeline. By working
with schools serving students in some of our most economically challenged
regions, SUNY will have an important role in helping more students succeed in
high school and beyond.”
addition, SUNY, in partnership with EdWorks of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been
awarded $500,000 to facilitate the development of the “Smart Scholars” program
statewide. The SUNY/EdWorks partnership brings together an extraordinary array
of resources and experiences, and a shared commitment to using research-based
practices to make measurable improvements in the number of students who attend
and complete college, especially among those historically underrepresented in
the college population.
campuses partnering with this initiative include University at Albany, College of Environmental
Science and Forestry,
Erie County Community
College, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Monroe Community College, College at Old Westbury, Onondaga Community College, Schenectady County Community College, and Westchester Community
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