When it began in 2011, one of the primary goals for SUNY in sharing services was to provide collaborative services to multiple campuses where campuses had either performed the service independently or the service had not existed before. Over our 64 campuses, SUNY started looking at how it spent money on things like paper and computers, and what valuable services exist on what campuses like printing, addressing veterans’ needs, or food service. But what does that mean for students?
By redirecting resources from administrative and non-instructional functions, SUNY is working to enhance the core academic and student service missions of the campuses. Through these activities, SUNY endeavors to redirect over 100 million dollars to academic and student support services over three years.
SUNY College of Optometry students now have a new option for an advanced degree from an unexpected source – Empire State College. Through an agreement signed last week, the College of Optometry and Empire State College will develop and deliver an advanced graduate certificate in optometry business management. Graduates of the program will earn 18 credits over 6 courses that can then transfer to the Empire State College School for Graduate Studies MBA program. Nationally, this is the first time that a school of optometry has partnered with another educational institution on such a program.
This new program is a result of both the increasing interest from optometry students to receive business management education and the private and public sector need for managers that are also health care subject matter experts.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher with SUNY Cortland President, Erik Bitterbaum, Wednesday, January 30.
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:
Clinton Community College President John Jablonski and SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling signed an agreement this summer for the two campuses to share administrative services.
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:
U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis visited Monroe Community College’s Applied Technologies Center on Sept. 24 to highlight a $14.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to a consortium of State University of New York community colleges, led by MCC.
The grant, issued as part of the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, will allow a consortium of SUNY community colleges to design standardized curricula to directly address the needs of high-demand industries such as advanced manufacturing.
The consortium’s Training and Education in Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Educational Pathways Project would provide more than 3,000 of New York’s Trade Adjustment Assistance-eligible workers and unemployed veterans with the training and education required to find high-quality, high-wage jobs within the advanced manufacturing sector.
Solis was hosted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and MCC President Anne M. Kress. Community leaders in business development and advanced manufacturing, as well as elected officials, took part in the visit. Continue reading