SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College announced today that both schools will be entering into a shared services agreement. This comes on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the SUNY System announcing the goal of utilizing shared services reduce administrative costs and redirect funding to direct instruction and student support services.
“These critical first steps towards implementing common sense and cost effective shared services place SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College ahead of the curve,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “By identifying efficiencies and working together these campuses will maintain access and affordability while expanding services that directly benefit current and prospective students. Plattsburgh and Clinton are to be highly commended for embracing SUNY’s systemness and leveraging their capacity as partners within the system and their shared community.”
Over the next three years, all SUNY campuses have been directed to shift 5% of administrative spending to academics and student support services, with a reinvestment goal of $100M. Some of the suggested areas of shared services to be implemented between Clinton CC and Plattsburgh were:
- Formation of a shared food service program for students
- Creation of a shared bookstore service for students
- Establishment of joint academic programs, in areas of mutual interest
- Development of a conditional acceptance program for domestic and international students that benefits both campuses
- Establishment of short- and long-term goals for shared services
- Establishment of joint conferences and seminars
- Development of close cooperation in the area of curricular development
Currently, there is neither a start date as to when the shared services projects at Clinton CC and Plattsburgh will begin nor definitive plans pertaining to specific services that will be shared.