Message from the Dean

David Yen

A new day is dawning at SUNY Oneonta!

As many of you who are familiar with our history may be aware, in the recent past there was a Department of Economics and Business on our campus that became the Division of Economics and Business about a decade and a half ago.  Now we are proud to say that we have been elevated to the status of being a School of Economics and Business (SEB).  We are also among the less than 5% of the world's educational institutions to have established accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).  This is one of the most prestigious indicators of academic excellence that can be achieved by any college or university.

In rising to this level of excellence, we have established the fact that we have a faculty who are highly respected within their particular fields and offering a range of traditional but extremely desirable courses with opportunities for each student to receive individualized support and attention.  Extracurricular student organizations of distinction present additional opportunities for all students to be involved with faculty members in the School of Economics and Business.

The School of Economics and Business at SUNY Oneonta will continue to grow along its path of excellence.  Along with strengthening our core subjects, we will offer new courses and programs as opportunities allow. We would be happy to discuss our current status and our hopes for the future with any and all of you.  The future looks bright indeed for the new School of Economics and Business at SUNY Oneonta!

I invite you to browse this website and investigate the many choices for undergraduate and graduate study within SEB, the many options for exciting and quality learning as well as student-faculty engagement. Our faculty and staff join me in inviting you to explore your future in the School of Economics and Business at SUNY Oneonta. Feel free to contact me about your interest in our programs.

David C. Yen
Dean and Professor
School of Economics and Business
226 Netzer Administration Bldg.
SUNY College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
607-436-3458 (office)
607-436-2543 (fax)



The School of Economics and Business enables undergraduate students to exercise their intellectual capacity, acquire disciplinary knowledge and analytical skills, value diversity in people and ideas, and develop ethical decision making abilities. The School is committed to continuous evaluation and improvement in the areas of the curriculum, faculty development, scholarship, and service.


The vision of the School of Economics and Business is to advance increasing recognition of the excellence of its undergraduate business, accounting and economics programs among those offered by public and private four-year comprehensive colleges in New York State and the region.

Key Goals

  1. To maintain a learning environment of the scale that assures highly accessible faculty, teamwork, and applications of information technology.
  2. To provide rigorous academic majors in business economics, professional accounting, and economics for students interested in academic excellence as well as personal growth and development as preparation for employment or graduate and professional studies.
  3. To offer programs reflecting a liberal arts foundation and a solid understanding of the economics discipline as a sound basis for understanding the business disciplines.
  4. To engage students in a curriculum that values and promotes ethical behavior and instills in students an appreciation of responsible management principles and sustainability.
  5. To augment instruction with an array of co-curricular opportunities and preparation for career opportunities.
  6. To serve New York State by providing students with the flexibility, heightened perception, and understanding that will permit and encourage adaptation to changes in the global economy.
  7. To recruit and sustain highly qualified faculty in support of the School's mission who are committed to excellence in instruction, scholarship and service.
  8. To pursue service that benefits the programs and reputation of the School, the College and the community.

Values Statement

  • Reputation
  • High quality undergraduate education to prepare for careers and additional education
  • Breadth of educational content that permits flexibility
  • Understanding of the economics discipline as a sound basis for business disciplines
  • Promotion of understanding economics and business as necessary for informed citizens, consumers, business professionals, and educators
  •  Scholarship and professional development are complementary to and supportive of instruction
  •  Service activities that benefit the programs and the reputation of the School, the College, or the community
  • Ethical decision making and multicultural understanding
  • Responsible management education and sustainability


(November 2012)



The School of Economics and Business has addressed diversity and cross-cultural topics throughout the curriculum for many years. School of Economics and Business is part of a campus community that values diversity; is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff, and students; and fosters a learning environment which draws strength from, celebrates, and honors diversity.

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