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July 14, 2009

SUNY’s leader lays out goals in visit to Oneonta

Student leader asks chancellor how she’ll help keep down costs


She previously was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Strategic-plan goals outlined

During her visit Monday, Zimpher said:

 The strategic plan will consider the cost and affordability of attending a SUNY school.

 The SUNY system can boost collaborations with private businesses and industries, the state Education Department, public school districts and other entities and sectors.

 SUNY needs to negotiate relations with the Education Department for a program that will provide clinical teaching experiences to students and also credit veteran teachers who mentor students.

 She would like to see SUNY library resources accessible in homes statewide.

Part of the strategic plan and other initiative must be documenting ``the engagement’’ of faculty, staff and students. SUNY Oneonta already is investing in hours of ``good works’’ in the community, she said, and those efforts must be focused and evidence of outcomes must be recorded.

Zimpher said she couldn’t address the issue of workloads Monday but noted that SUNY could provide the support system for documenting ``good works.’’

Impressions of Oneonta

After a tour of the campus and a morning of meetings, Zimpher said, her impressions were that SUNY Oneonta has ``an incredible’’ relationship with its community.

Its unique programs, she added, include the Cooperstown Graduate Program in museum studies, online dietetics and music industry.

Nancy Scanlon, co-owner of Sport Tech in Oneonta, asked Zimpher during her public address Monday in the Morris Conference Center what SUNY could do to encourage its ``wonderful grads’’ to live and work in the state.

Students may feel a pull to move away and explore options elsewhere, Zimpher said, but New York can create incentives for student who stay or returning to the state.

``We can also be a `come-back state,’’’ Zimpher said.


Denise Richardson can be reached at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213, or at

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