Community Colleges

Office of Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline

The SUNY Office of Community Colleges is an office within SUNY System Administration that is dedicated to serving the needs of the thirty community colleges of SUNY. It is headed by the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges, who is the primary liaison between the Chancellor and the community college presidents. The Office fulfills a variety of functions:

Overall, it is the primary purpose of the Office of Community Colleges to provide comprehensive support and assistance to the SUNY community colleges, to represent the interests of community colleges within the System Administration, and likewise to represent the interests of System Administration to the colleges.


The SUNY Community Colleges ensure open access to high quality postsecondary education and contribute significantly to the development of an educated citizenry and skilled workforce. They offer comprehensive learning opportunities ranging from transfer and career degrees to programs customized to serve specific individual, community, business and economic development needs. All share a dedication to instruction and services that nurtures the academic and personal achievement of individuals with diverse backgrounds and aspirations.


The SUNY Community Colleges, individually and as a system, are leaders in higher education in New York State and in the nation. They are highly effective in responding to the educational needs of all people and the local, regional, state and global communities to which they belong. Innovative and flexible learning options, strategies and technologies characterize their array of constantly evolving programs and services in general education, workforce training, community service and economic development.

Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in the Classified Service