From President Kleniewski
To All Faculty and Staff
                                                   Dr. Kleniewski

January 24, 2012    

I hope you enjoyed the holidays and look forward to the start of the spring semester. I'm pleased to report that in the past year, SUNY Oneonta has made tremendous progress on the college's strategic plan. Together we've completed goals and objectives related to each of the six pillars that support our mission. We've also implemented changes that were suggested during the strategic plan process, and taken other actions to further enhance our campus and our students' experiences.

The Strategic Plan Update below includes all of our pillars, and the key accomplishments related to each since adopting our mission in 2010. I'm proud to share these successes with you and eager to build on them in 2012.


Nancy Kleniewski

Strategic Plan Update—January 2012

Teaching, Learning and Scholarship

Goal/objective: Promote a learning-centered environment that facilitates excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity.

  • Faculty members have begun to craft the college's first-ever Academic Master Plan, which will give greater direction to the teaching, learning and scholarship at the core of our institution.
  • Up to 10 new, tenure-track faculty positions will be created in 2012.

Goal/objective: Explore the need for and establishment of a center that enhances and supports the campus culture of teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.

  • The Strategic Planning Council has begun reviewing the Committee on Instruction's proposal for a Center for Academic Excellence.

Goal/objective: Recast the Honors Program to attract and retain academically talented students.

  • The Honors Advisory Committee's plan to invigorate our Honors Program has been studied by College Senate and the Strategic Planning Council has begun reviewing it.

Student Engagement

Goal/objective: Provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to enhance use of educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development.

  • The Academic Affairs Office will conduct a professional development series for department chairs during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Global Connectedness

Goal/objective: Expand service-learning, internships, and scholarship opportunities in other countries and with international organizations by engaging and supporting faculty and staff.

  • The college has added exchange programs in Germany and Ghana, bringing the total number of exchange programs to nine.
  • The Office of International Education developed a degree transfer program with Korea's Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
  • This week the college will welcome 50 new international students, a record for the spring semester.


Goal/objective: Increase recruitment of underrepresented students by building recruiting networks where they reside with the aim of having the college’s student population reflect the diverse population of New York state.

  • We enrolled 248 students who are African American, Latino, Asian or Native American in fall 2011, the largest number in the college's history.
  • Cabinet has allocated $75,000 for new AALANA undergraduate recruitment initiatives over the next three years and $344,000 this year to increase the value and number of merit-, need-, and diversity-based scholarships.
  • The college implemented a Dissertation Fellowship Program for graduate students from underrepresented groups that allows them to teach half time for up to two years while completing their dissertations.

Community Partnership

Goal/objective: Develop additional experiential learning opportunities with external partners, including internships and service-learning projects.

  • The college created the post of internship coordinator to facilitate the placement of student interns in regional businesses and nonprofit organizations.
  • The college launched its first annual Internship Information Session, an event for organizations interested in hosting interns, and also engaged alumni from various professions in mentoring students from several academic majors.


Goal/objective: Coordinate campus-wide stewardship and sustainability priorities in educational programs, management, and operations.

  • A proposal titled "Greening the Educational Experience at SUNY Oneonta" was issued by the Sustainability Task Force, suggesting ways to place greater academic emphasis on sustainability. The President's Council on Sustainability was appointed based on the proposal.

Goal/objective: Develop sustainability initiatives for the campus in coordination with local, regional, and SUNY systems, reinvesting a portion of the resulting savings into new or existing initiatives.

  • The Campus Climate Action Plan will position the college to be able to sign on to the national college and university Presidents' Climate Commitment.
  • A $30,000 rebate from NYSEG for conservation efforts was allocated to the President's Advisory Council on Sustainability to fund sustainability projects this semester.

Goal/objective: Steer campus planning and resource management to promote the effective use of the college’s resources.

  • The Budget Advisory Committee has been formed to provide guidance on the effective use of campus resources.
  • The college generated $2.1 million in recurring savings that can be reinvested to meet campus priorities.
  • A new resource allocation plan was created that links strategic planning, assessment and budgeting.
    The college's passenger vehicle has been eliminated in favor of partnerships with automobile rental agencies.
  • OAS introduced Hertz on Demand car sharing to our campus, making SUNY Oneonta one of 51 colleges nationwide to participate in the program.
  • The college has begun to phase out WUOW, which will generate annual savings of $180,000 that may be invested to meet campus priorities.

Goal/objective: Maintain and enhance the college’s infrastructure, including its facilities and grounds, instructional services, and information technology resources, to support sustainability.

  • The college completed the facilities master plan to guide development of our campus environment through 2023.
  • The college created the post of chief information officer to develop IT resources. Unification of academic and administrative IT services under the CIO, recommended by the Information Technology Support Work Group, currently is underway.

Organizational Structure Task Force

  • The offices of Graduate Studies and Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness, and the director of graduate studies and assistant research analyst positions called for in the final report of the OSTF were created.

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