Power of SUNY - Year 4

Year Four: 2012-2013

 Tobacco-Free SUNY

The use of, and exposure to, tobacco products is one of the leading causes of preventable health issues and illness. On June 12th, 2012 the State University of New York Board of Trustees passed a resolution to develop legislation making all 64 SUNY campuses tobacco-free. In passing this resolution, SUNY is the largest public university system to have a comprehensive tobacco-free policy.

More information on the resolution can be found here.

Report Card

The State University of New York released the third SUNY Report Card in the fall of 2012. This report card used measurements from the Spring and Fall 2011 Report Cards to show progress in The Power of SUNY. The 2012 edition was the first time that the report card was presented using an interactive Business Intelligence tool.

Picture of the Fall 2012 Report Card

See the online SUNY Report Card here

 Reverse Transfer

On October 10, 2012, SUNY received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to help enhance student mobility in the SUNY system by developing and implementing "reverse transfer." This grant helped demonstrate and emphasize the value of an Associate's Degree by helping identify students with enough credits to receive one, but that may have moved on to a four year institution without the Associate's they earned being awarded.

More information on this project can be found here.

Conference Publication

Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers Book Cover

At the 2012 Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference, The State University of New York released a publication based on the previous year's conference entitled "Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers: Measuring Higher Education's Role in Economic Development." Each year at the annual conference, SUNY will release a publication documenting the discussions had and ideas developed during the previous year's conference. 

For more informaion on how to order, click here


Target Setting

On December 11 and 12, 2012, leadership from across the SUNY system gathered in Saratoga Springs, NY to establish targets for the metrics measured in The Power of SUNY Report Card. At this meeting, team leaders with expertise in specific metric areas worked to determine an ambitious set of targets by which SUNY could continue to be accountable for goals set to date.

State of the University Address

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivered her third State of the University address entitled "College is Worth It" on January 15, 2013, at the Egg in Albany's Empire State Plaza.

Speech Press Release / YouTube

Picture of Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivering the 2013 State of the University address


On March 19, 2013, the SUNY Board of Trustees outlined the plan for implementation of Open SUNY, a project unveiled in the 2013 State of the University address that would create the largest online learning environment in the world. Open SUNY collects online course offerings from all 64 SUNY campuses in a comprehensive online learning environment.

Additional information on the Board of Trustees' plan can be found here

Learn more about Open SUNY here

Leadership Retreat Banner

The fifth Power of SUNY Leadership Retreat was held on May 29, 2013 at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. At this meeting, team leaders were asked to focus on collaboration, communication, and reporting and to prioritize work for the coming year in support of The Power of SUNY.


Third Annual Conference

Flyer for the Building a Smarter University 2013 COnference

On October 29 and 30, 2013, the State University of New York held its Third Annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference. The 2013 conference examined how the big data movement could help build smarter universities — improving the student learning experience, enhancing the research enterprise, supporting effective community outreach, strengthening the education pipeline and advancing the university infrastructure.

For more information on the conference, please click here or on the poster to the left.

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