SUNY Oneonta's Comprehensive College Plan
The SUNY College at Oneonta is committed to enhancing its position as
a college of first choice by furthering its commitments to academic
quality, enrollment management, student engagement, diversity and
inclusion, the quality of campus life, community, and external support
and image. The continued success of the College depends upon the campus
community working together to achieve these goals.
I. ACADEMIC QUALITY
GOAL: To continue to strengthen the quality of academic programs
and the overall educational experience for our students.
A. Continue to improve the quality of instruction offered to our
students and to engage students in academically rigorous, stimulating,
and satisfying curricular and co-curricular experiences, demonstrating
enhanced instructional quality through assessment of student learning
outcomes in the context of on-going Middle States Association processes,
specialized departmental accreditation processes, and SUNY General
Education and academic program assessments.
B. Continue to celebrate the teaching and research accomplishments of
faculty, and encourage on-going faculty development opportunities and
incentives in a wide range of areas, including teaching effectiveness,
culturally informed teaching, assessment of student learning,
technology, and disciplinary research.
C. Remain a competitive college by maintaining current program quality
and by actively pursuing new or revised programs that build upon the
quality of faculty and current course offerings.
D. Continue to support graduate studies and to enhance the quality of
existing and proposed graduate programs consistent with the College's
overall goals for graduate education.
E. Promote an environment that encourages exploration of new and
existing technologies to enhance teaching, learning, and research.
F. Ensure that students develop basic skills as well as the core
competencies of computing and
information literacy necessary to identify, find, understand, evaluate,
and use information.
II. ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT
GOAL: To attract and enroll talented and diverse students consistent
with the College's mission, goals, and resources.
A. Solidify and build upon the College's "highly selective" status as
defined by SUNY, increasing to 80% or more the percentage of freshman
students in Groups I and II and reflecting the diversity of New York
B. Continue to strengthen the College's freshman profile, improving to a
mean high school average greater than 90 and a mean combined math and
verbal SAT score of 1150.
C. Maintain a stable enrollment of 5,600 AAFTE.
D. Establish and manage enrollment targets for undergraduate, graduate,
continuing, and non-degree populations with an integrated, College-wide
effort coordinated through an integrated enrollment-management process.
III. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
GOAL: To improve students' academic experiences and increase
students' engagement in intellectual activities.
A. Increase the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate to 85% and the
six-year graduation rate to 65% through integrated, College-wide
initiatives coordinated by the Enrollment Management Committee.
B. Engage a comprehensive review of and develop recommendations to
improve the freshman academic experience, including pedagogy,
curriculum, faculty/student interaction, student engagement in subject
matter, academic support, diversity and inclusion, and co-curricular
C. Use the ACT Student Opinion Survey, National Survey of Student
Engagement, Alumni Survey, Withdrawal surveys, and input from our
continuing dialog with students to target academic, student life, and
administrative service initiatives to increase student satisfaction and
to improve services for students and their families.
D. Identify needs and trends among student communities and develop
concentrated efforts to address retention and achievement gaps among
sub-populations of students.
IV. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
GOAL: To implement the values of the College's Diversity Statement by
supporting an inclusive, welcoming, safe, and intellectually stimulating
A. Continue to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff to
reflect better the demographic trends in New York State.
B. Assess the campus climate for diversity and inclusion on a regular
basis, and use the assessment results for strategic planning.
C. Increase opportunities for women and under-represented groups in
tenure-track academic lines, professional staff positions, and
D. Coordinate activities to enhance the retention of students, faculty,
and staff who represent sub-
populations that are in the minority on campus.
V. QUALITY OF CAMPUS LIFE
GOAL: To enhance the physical, human, and financial resources of the
College in support of an environment conducive to studying, working, and
living on campus.
A. Continue to provide efficient, convenient, responsive, and
customer-oriented administrative services for our students, faculty, and
staff, using current technology and best practices in business and
related support services.
B. Make the College a "signature campus" within SUNY by continuing to
create beautiful, functional, and well maintained campus facilities and
grounds, while implementing multi-year plans for academic, residential,
OAS, athletics and recreation, and related facilities.
C. Secure the financial resources and supporting services necessary for
high-quality campus programs and services.
D. Provide development opportunities for all employees that promote
professional growth, strengthen client-centered services, and enhance
the quality of campus life.
E. Continue to provide faculty, students, and staff access to
contemporary technology and effective training opportunities in the
applications of technology.
GOAL: To continue to define and enhance the College community and the
characteristics which engage all individuals in unified ways on and off
A. Continue to enhance programs and events that foster collegiality and
respect among all members of the broader campus community.
B. Improve communication through formal and informal means with the
development of the College's communications plans, and build
collaboration in the best interests of the College.
C. Continue to create events that recognize academic accomplishment,
superior job performance, and College and community service to instill
pride in College at Oneonta students, faculty, and staff.
D. Reach out and communicate to surrounding communities, businesses,
non-profit groups, and county and state agencies the potential resources
and partnerships available for mutual benefit.
E. Sustain a tradition of volunteerism in partnership with local,
national, and international
VII. EXTERNAL SUPPORT AND IMAGE
GOAL: To strengthen the College through external support, enhance its
image, and celebrate its traditions.
A. Sustain the College's ranking as the highest in alumni percent
participation in giving among the state university colleges.
B. Ensure a total of more than $1 million annually in scholarship awards
to talented and deserving students.
C. Raise charitable gifts and grants of $2 million and public grants of
an additional $2 million for Visions↔Solutions:
The Fund for Science and Technology by June 30, 2010, to enhance
academic quality and scholarships in the sciences, mathematics, computer
science and statistics.
D. Expand the engagement of the diverse alumni population, notably young
alumni, in support of the College through activities such as volunteer
service, campus visits, recruitment, events, and charitable giving.
E. Continue to enhance the academic reputation of the College by
increasing the amount of funding received from external sources and by
engaging more faculty and staff in the grants-seeking process.
Adopted February 1997;
revised April 1998, September 1999, December 2002, April 2006, January