SUNY IT leader: Merger will increase educational opportunities

By Joleen Ferris

(WKTV) - Officials at SUNYIT in Marcy say there won't be any noticeable physical changes as a result of the college's merger with CNSE -- the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering -- in Albany.

The exception: Increased educational opportunities in the form of more advanced degrees offered in more areas of study.

'It's something that's going to be affordable, built on the SUNY model. It's going to give these students access to the most cutting edge facilities in the world, especially in the areas of nanoscience and nano technology," says SUNYIT Acting President Dr. Robert Geer.   "An affordable version of MIT, if you'd like, and that's exactly what we're setting out to do."

Geer says the idea was not for physical assets to shift from one campus to the other, but rather, for both to grow.

"I see a tremendous amount of growth on this campus. I think the physical resources are here to do it. I think the intellectual resources are here to do it."

Geer says future SUNYIT graduates' diplomas will bear the name of the new, merged institution, but that the new moniker has not yet been chosen.

"What you do in this case is bring the stakeholders together, the people here on both campuses, to help forge that identity and have a coherent path forward," Geer said. "And that's exactly what we're doing."

It is the hope of SUNYIT leaders that the new merger will increase enrollment at SUNYIT.

"I don't want to deal in hypotheticals here but when August rolls around, I think we'll be welcoming one of our most vibrant and largest classes ever."

The merger, unanimously approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees on Wednesday, still has to have approval from the governor and Board of Regents.


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