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Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:59am

The three State University of New York institutions in southwestern New York have formed a new partnership that will create opportunities for students to earn associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees at a single location. 

Titled “SUNY Select,” the collaboration unites Jamestown Community College, SUNY Fredonia, and SUNY Empire State College in a first-of-its-kind partnership in New York that will provide students with seamless degree completion pathways.

“We have long sought to serve our students in a more comprehensive manner while better meeting area employer needs,” explained JCC president Cory L. Duckworth. “This partnership will provide students with the flexibility to begin and complete degrees where they choose. Our collaborative vision is to enhance and create opportunities, optimize resources, and nurture student success.” 

“While this is an ambitious and complex project, we are confident that our students will be well-served,” said Dr. Virginia S. Horvath, Fredonia president. “We understand that today’s students face numerous time and resource challenges and that we must be more responsive to their needs.” 

Merodie A. Hancock, SUNY Empire State College president agreed. “SUNY Empire has always offered individualized programs through flexible means. Partnership with JCC and Fredonia will provide greater opportunities for student success by leveraging the academic programs, student support and modes of delivery of all three colleges.”

To date, SUNY Select has been shaped by a preliminary visioning committee comprised of representatives of the three higher education partners. The joint committee will continue its work throughout the 2017-2018 academic year in hopes of marketing the program for implementation in the 2019-20 academic year. 

Committee members include Maria Kindberg, JCC’s dean of arts, humanities, and health sciences; Nelson Garifi, JCC’s executive director of academic innovation; Judith Horowitz, Fredonia associate provost; Dan Tramuta, Fredonia assistant vice president of enrollment services; Nikki Shrimpton, Empire State College dean; and Clayton Steen, Empire State College vice president of enrollment management.

SUNY Select calls upon the partners to engage in higher levels of collaboration in such areas as curriculum planning, facility sharing, advisement, scheduling, engagement via technology, and data sharing. Upon implementation, the program will offer up to eight academic programs with the intention of adding additional programs in future years.

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