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April 16, 2013

SUCO sets priorities for funding programs

By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star

---- — SUNY Oneonta has set aside more than $600,000 for programs to enhance student learning, a media release said.

The funding is the result of the Strategic Allocation of Resources program, an internal process implemented last year as part of a strategic plan at the State University College at Oneonta, which enrolls about 6,000 students.

Nearly $592,000 will fund proposals ranging from a language immersion program to the acquisition of specialized equipment for several disciplines, such as Bloomberg terminals for use by economics students and a liquid chromatograph for use in biochemistry research, the release said.

About $90,000 in recurring funds has been allocated for a biology lab coordinator position, the release said, and for personnel to lead development of a center for excellence in teaching, learning and engagement. Other initiatives will be the acquisition of computers for science labs and computer tablets for fieldwork and the implementation of a comprehensive recycling program.

SUNY Oneonta is starting the third year of its five-year strategic plan adopted in April 2010 to plan and set priorities, the release said.

Beginning in 2010, in response to declining state support, SUNY Oneonta took steps to curtail administrative costs, according to college spokesman Hal Legg. At the same time, the college had begun implementing its strategic plan, he said, and the developments eventually intersected with the idea of investing the savings in the StAR program.

StAR began with a call for proposals from faculty and staff last fall. A cross-divisional group and ranked submissions in January, and feedback from the campus community was gathered at a recent forum before the college’s Cabinet made funding decisions.

“We’re pleased with the outcome of the inaugural round of StAR,” college President Nancy Kleniewski said in the release. “Through this program, we’ve identified and committed to funding several initiatives that will benefit students in the coming year and beyond. It’s exciting to see these new ideas to strengthen our campus academically come to fruition.”