Power of SUNY - Year 5

Year Five: 2013-2014

Start-Up New York 

Start-Up NY logoIn June of 2013, Governor Cuomo unveiled START-UP NY. This initiative — like no other in the nation in its scale and innovative use of university-industry-government partnerships — designates our SUNY campuses as tax-free zones for new and expanding businesses. Nowhere in the world do businesses and communities stand to benefit more by partnering with higher education than here in New York—a mighty hub of innovation, diversity, and skilled human capital.

In June of 2014, twelve businesses were approved for Start-Up New York at campuses in Buffalo, Ithaca, Rochester, and Brooklyn. 

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Report Card

SUNY Report Card logo and dashboard imagesIn the fall of 2013, The State University of New York released the fourth SUNY Report Card. The SUNY Report Card demonstrates SUNY’s commitment to transparency and data-driven decision making. The fourth edition includes targets – numerical goals – for most metrics, which are embedded in the dashboards. Each dashboard contains data from our baseline year (2008-09, unless otherwise noted), three years of progress data, and targets projected out to the 2016-17 academic year. 


Power of SUNY Refresh

The Chancellor and Board of Trustees have asked SUNY leadership for help in determining ambitions for a refresh of The Power of SUNY. Leaders were tasked with reviewing and discussing a set of possible performance indicators as they relate to three particular focus areas: academic excellence, innovation and research, and operational efficiencies. The result of these reports was used to frame discussions at four leadership meetings. Each meeting discussed a select number of indicators, culminating with a thoughtful, in-depth discussion of all indicators at the last meeting. 

After the leadership meetings, and taking into consideration feedback provided at the December Presidents Meeting, system leadership reviewed the breadth of metrics discussed, articulated a set of guiding principles, and identified four major organizing ambitions or System-level Outcomes. The establishment of these four outcomes led to the creation of the Performance Management System.

State of the University Address

On January 14, 2014, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher delivered her fourth annual State of the University Address. The Chancellor announced that the system will build on SUNY's progress over the past four years and take successes to scale with innovative new programs that will expand access to SUNY's top quality, affordable education and continue to prepare all students for success in today's global economy.

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Image of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher delivering the 2014 State of the University AddressOpen SUNY

During her State of the University Address, the Chancellor also launched Open SUNY, the system's comprehensive online learning platform, which is now offering eight degree programs through six campuses, with plans to grow its portfolio in 2014 and beyond.

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Performance Management System

SUNY believes that by acting as a system and by adopting best practices from collective impact partnerships, colleges and universities can operate at peak performance and move the dial on meaningful population-level challenges. Through an inclusive process, SUNY has identified four needs—or system-level outcomes—that we can improve by channeling our collective power:

Layer of Metrics: System-level outcomes , campus-level outcomes, contextual indicators, indicators

  1. Increase College Readiness
  2. Increase Degrees and Credentials Conferred
  3. Strengthen the Value of a SUNY Degree
  4. Increase External Investments and Research

‌Because our work occurs locally, system-level outcomes will be translated by campus leadership into campus-level outcomes appropriate to the mission and vision of each SUNY campus. Each of these will be supported by a series of campus-defined indicators and impacted by a set of campus-defined contextual indicators.

Systemness is defined as “the coordination of multiple components that, when working together, create a network of activity that is more powerful than any action of individual parts on their own.” By holding ourselves accountable with performance metrics identified collectively but implemented locally, we harness SUNY’s ability to improve the lives of every New Yorker in more meaningful and impactful ways than ever before. In essence, we harness The Power of SUNY.

Learn more about the SUNY Performance Management System

Conference Publication

In October of 2014, SUNY’s third conference publication will be available for purchase. Click here or on the image below for more information. 

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Banner for the Fourth Annual

On October 29-30, 2014, SUNY will host its fourth annual Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference. The topic for this year is Executing Change to Drive Collective Impact. Click here or on the image below to learn more and register for SUNYCON 2014.  

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