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Wednesday vote could lead to SUNY IT-CNSE merger

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A move to combine SUNY IT with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering heads to a final vote Wednesday.

A resolution to combine the two could lead to a name change for SUNY IT to SUNY INSET (State University of New York Institute of Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology). It would also allow for SUNY IT to award doctorates in the areas of nanoscale science and engineering.

According to SUNY, the move would create more opportunities for current and future students from the Mohawk Valley and the state, promote enrollment growth, allow for academic program and faculty expansion and promote economic revitalization in the area.

The resolution also states no employees would be affected by the merger. If approved by the SUNY board of trustees, the administrative authority of the Albany school would be transferred to SUNY IT.

"Chancellor Zimpher strongly believes that a merger between CNSE and SUNY IT  will form a unique and powerful new high tech SUNY campus, positioning affordable public higher education in New York at the pinnacle of next generation research and academic instruction," said David Doyle, director of communications for SUNY. "She is recommending the plan to the Board because it sets a high bar for what a 21st century entrepreneurial college campus is capable of achieving for its students, communities, the state, and the country."

According to Doyle, by blending the two institutions, no programs SUNY IT currently offers will be cut and that the nanoscale programs won't squeeze out what is currently offered.

The creation of the new college would be in January 2015.

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