SUNY Oneonta to invest over $600,000 in strategic priorities

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

ONEONTA, N.Y. - SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski announced earlier today that the college has set aside more than $600,000 to fund programs that will further enhance student learning.

The funding comes as the result of the Strategic Allocation of Resources (StAR) model, an internal process implemented last year as part of SUNY Oneonta's strategic plan.

"We're pleased with the outcome of the inaugural round of StAR," said Kleniewski. "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."

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. In addition, just under $90,000 in recurring funds has been allocated for a biology lab coordinator position, and for personnel to lead development of a center for excellence in teaching, learning and engagement.

Among other initiatives funded by StAR are the acquisition of computers for science labs and computer tablets for fieldwork in several subjects, an expansion of applied learning opportunities through the college's Career Development Office, and the implementation of a comprehensive recycling program.

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

"It was a highly competitive process," said SUNY Oneonta Provost Maria Thompson. "But that's essential when thinking critically about matching resources to the pursuit of our mission. We need to be diligent in mapping our course and that means being deliberate in determining where we invest and how it will further teaching, learning and scholarship."

SUNY Oneonta is beginning the third year of its five-year strategic plan. Adopted in April 2010, the plan is the basis for institutional planning and priority setting.

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