Today, too few college students are completing their college degrees and those that do complete their college degrees are graduating with the concern that their degrees aren’t relevant in the current job market. SUNY is currently working to ensure that our students are earning degrees that are relevant in today’s economy.
This year SUNY is working on two new initiatives – Strategic Enrollment Management and SUNY Works – to help achieve this goal. SUNY will begin using Strategic Enrollment Management to determine workforce demand by region and adjust our program offerings and enrollment patterns at campuses to directly meet those needs. In addition, the SUNY Works initiative is bringing co-operative education to scale by helping students across the SUNY system obtain paid internships and hands-on work experience with local businesses in their field of study. Together these initiatives will help ensure SUNY students have the relevant education and skills needed for today’s job market.
This past Saturday Chancellor Zimpher and two Farmingdale State College students appeared on CNN’s Your Bottom Line program to discuss how SUNY schools are helping students prepare for the workforce.