The release said Middles States noted SUNY Oneonta’s significant accomplishments include:
• a “clearly articulated and strikingly succinct mission statement”;
• prudent financial management that allowed the college to come through five years of budget uncertainty and austerity with a balanced budget in each year and a savings fund of $2.5 million to invest in strategic initiatives;
• the “openness, transparency, and collaborative deliberation that stakeholders repeatedly refer to as a hallmark of the college leadership”;
• recognition by the Education Trust, which singled out SUNY Oneonta for its success in improving graduation rates among Hispanic students; and
• a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including internships, teaching assistantships, study abroad programs, independent research, and collaboration with faculty.
William Simons, president of the Oneonta chapter of United University Professions, said union officers appreciated that Middle States representatives met with them. Overall, the Middle States re-accreditation is a success and “reflects the great strengths of the college,” he said Tuesday.
“This is a very positive achievement,” Simons said. However, in general, UUP is concerned about the time and resources that are consumed by external reviews and their processes, which have been “geometrically expanding,” he said.
The local UUP chapter has about 750 members.
he commission also commended the college for the quality and rigor of its self-study, the release said.
The self-evaluation was overseen by an eight-member steering committee chaired by Patricia Francis, associate provost for institutional assessment and effectiveness, and Anuradhaa Shastri, associate professor of educational psychology, counseling and special education. More than 70 college faculty and staff members served on work groups that were integral in creating the self-study.