As we count down to the new year, we thought we’d share some of the SUNY news you may have missed during 2012.
SUNY celebrated a big milestone in September – within the first year of the shared services initiative, SUNY campuses were able to redirect more than $6 million from administrative spending to academic instruction and student support services. Of that total, $2.5 million came from the administrative pairs – Cobleskill and Delhi, Morrisville and SUNYIT, and Canton and Potsdam.
“The SUNY campuses have made remarkable progress in this inaugural year of our shared services initiative – truly realizing the capacity of SUNY’s systemness by sharing the costs associated with administrative salaries, IT functions, procurement, and more – and freeing up funds for what matters most, our students,” said Chancellor Zimpher.
“This is just the beginning as we continue to review where and how we can streamline our administrative costs and share best practices across SUNY. I thank the leadership at each campus for their dedication and diligence, and commend them for their collective efforts.”
So, how did they do it? Since last August, all SUNY campuses have worked to identify and eliminate redundant administrative services and to collaborate on business, finance, and procurement operations. Campuses have also increased opportunities to share best practices and enhance program offerings.
Some of the unique ways the campuses aligned to achieve this goal include:
The funds redirected from these initiatives have already allowed for the hiring of more than 30 new faculty members in the administrative pair institutions alone; new financial aid programs including tuition credits and scholarships; career development programs and staffing; tutoring and academic advisement; and new academic and instructional equipment.
Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.