SUNY Oswego Receives More Than $1 Million to Support Degree Completion

In the SUNY-wide competition for project grants from the SUNY Investment and Performance Fund, SUNY Oswego will receive $1,025,000 for two projects.

One of Oswego’s winning projects, SUMS, focuses on helping students who encounter mathematics as a barrier to academic success, and the other, Start Now, partners with Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y., to build an alternative path to college for students who are not accepted at Oswego.

In addition, Oswego is partner to a third project, funded at $575,000, to establish a cancer study and care center at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y.

“These projects grow out of efforts we have already been pursuing with notable results,” Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley said. “This welcome infusion of resources will allow us to prove and formalize programs that other campuses can then replicate to help even more students finish college and go on to successful careers.”

In all, 32 project grants totaling $18 million were awarded to SUNY campuses in January as a result of the university system’s Investment and Performance Fund, established in the 2015-16 state budget. Campus awards will support SUNY’s Completion Agenda, which aims to boost the number of degrees awarded annually by bringing evidence-based programs to scale.

In addition to the awards above, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that SUNY is committed to funding campus proposals in areas that were common among applicants. Among them is the Smart Track Re-Enroll to Complete initiative. More than 25 SUNY campuses, including Oswego, are involved in that initiative to proactively engage with students who have withdrawn and encourage them to return and finish their degree.

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