On January 30, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher kicked off the first in a series of regional discussions on shared services called “Harnessing Systemness: Regional Discussions on Efficiency and Effectiveness.” The event, held in the SUNY Cortland Corey Union, was an opportunity for regional institutions to share stories, celebrate successes, and discuss opportunities for further collaboration on shared services.
This event brought together representatives from ten regional campuses – Binghamton University, Broome Community College, Cayuga Community College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Oneonta, Onondaga Community College, Oswego, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Upstate Medical University – the opportunity to highlight some of the academic and student support services that have been enhanced as a result of sharing services. The theme of many of the initiatives discussed related to increased academic offerings for students, including:
“By sharing services with other campuses in the region over the past year, every SUNY college and university in New York has put itself in a better position to do more for its students,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “From sharing online tutoring programs and clinical training facilities to collaborating on purchases and course offerings, SUNY campuses in Central New York have embraced this initiative with commendable action.”
In addition to Chancellor Zimpher, SUNY Board of Trustees Member Henrik Dullea was also on hand to listen to how campuses are sharing services with one another.
This event comes just weeks after the Chancellor’s 3rd State of the University Address where she announced that in the first year of sharing services, campuses were able to save $20 million dollars, 20% of the $100 million dollar savings goal.
Four more regional meetings are being planned over the coming months. See a recap of this event courtesy of SUNY Cortland below:
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Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.