SUNY Broome Community College One of Six SUNY Colleges to Debut Open SUNY

New Online Degrees Chosen to Answer New York’s Workforce Needs, Expand Access, Completion, and Success

  • For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
  • CAMPUS Contact: Jesse Wells;
  • SUNY Contact: David Doyle;

(Town of Dickson) – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that SUNY Broome Community College will play a leadership role in the system’s introduction of Open SUNY, offering one of the first degree programs to be powered by this signature initiative. SUNY Broome Community College's Online Clinical Laboratory Technician program will now be offered to students throughout SUNY and worldwide.

SUNY Broome will be hosting a press conference on campus: Wednesday, January 15th at 2:00 in the Libous Training Room of the Decker Building.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher introduced the new “Open SUNY+” degree programs during her annual State of the University Address today in Albany.

“Open SUNY will provide our students with the nation’s leading online learning experience, drawing on the power of SUNY to expand access, improve completion, and prepare more students for success,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “In addition to these new, fully-online degree programs, Open SUNY will take every online course we offer at every SUNY campus—now upwards of 12,000 course sections conducted by 7,000 faculty—and make them easy to find and accessible for every SUNY student.”

"SUNY Broome is proud and honored to have been chosen by SUNY among our 64 sister colleges and universities to offer one of the inaugural programs for Open SUNY, “said SUNY Broome Community College President Dr. Kevin Drumm. “Our Clinical Lab Tech Program in particular meets a desperate need for lab techs across the state and we look forward to working with Open SUNY to better meet that need."

Across New York, 6.9 million adults have a high school degree but no college degree. Many want to pursue a degree but life commitments such as jobs, children, aging parents, financial limitations, and community ties limit their access to higher education. Open SUNY aims to reach these non-traditional students as well.

“Open SUNY will completely redefine access to a college degree in our state, reaching every child and adult in every school and home in New York,” added Chancellor Zimpher, “and reaching them on their terms—in their homes and communities, and on their time, adapting to their schedules.”

Included as part of Open SUNY are built-in supports for students and faculty, such as 24/7 assistance for students, whether they need technical help, tutoring, financial planning, or academic advisement services; and a Center for Online Teaching Excellence where faculty can opt-in to training programs and online forums to broaden their knowledge about developing effective online courses or share best practices and learn directly from colleagues across SUNY.

The eight Open SUNY+ degree programs set to debut in January were chosen based on a number of factors, including student interest, accreditation, and their capacity to meet current and future workforce demand throughout New York State. They are:

  • SUNY Broome Community College: AAS in Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • SUNY Delhi: BS in Nursing
  • Empire State College: BS in Business, Management, and Economics: Human Resources Management
  • Empire State College: BS in Science, Mathematics, and Technology: Information Systems
  • Finger Lakes Community College: AAS in Tourism Management
  • SUNY Oswego: Masters of Business Administration
  • SUNY Oswego: MBA in Health Services Administration
  • Stony Brook University: BS in Electrical Engineering
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The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide

About SUNY Broome Community College About SUNY Broome’s online Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT) program