Faculty and staff from SUNY Broome and SUNY Empire State College gathered in the newly designated learning space in room 211 in the Business Building for a ribbon-cutting celebration to formalize the SUNY Broome/SUNY Empire Bachelor Partnership.
This partnership allows SUNY Broome students to transfer up to 79 credits to SUNY Empire State College. Via this special relationship, over a dozen official articulation agreements have been established between SUNY Broome and SUNY Empire. Students can seamlessly transfer to continue their studies in degree paths including Business Administration, International Business, Health Studies, Human Services, and Chemical Dependency Counseling, to name a few.
President of SUNY Broome, Dr. Kevin Drumm, served as the emcee for the ceremony and provided a comprehensive overview of the long standing relationship between SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Broome.
“There is a common adage amongst those of us in the world of SUNY that “there is a SUNY for everyone.” This official partnership between our longtime transfer counterpart of SUNY Empire solidifies that not only is there a SUNY for everyone, but that there can be multiple SUNY’s for everyone,” said Dr. Drumm.
Dr. Drumm praised SUNY Empire for their consistently innovative approach to anticipating the needs of adult learners and their commitment to providing flexible course scheduling and awarding credit for college-level learning gained through life experience.
“SUNY Empire has always been ahead of its time and our students recognized that early on,” said Dr. Drumm.
Gina Chase, Assistant Dean of Academic Services, was a true champion on SUNY Broome’s end to help make this partnership come to fruition.
“The best tool that we can employ during a student’s time of academic exploration is to offer the pathways of streamlined, established articulation agreements. These agreements take the guesswork out of course selection. SUNY Empire State College has always been a favorite transfer institution for SUNY Broome graduates and now our students can continue studying at SUNY Broome after earning an associate degree and can affordably and locally earn additional credits that can be applied towards a bachelor’s degree,” said Chase.
The SUNY Broome/SUNY Empire Bachelor Partnership takes the exciting additional step of having SUNY Empire join SUNY Broome’s campus community physically in room 211 in the Business Building. Now, SUNY Broome students will be able to work one-on-one with a SUNY Empire staff member on campus Monday through Friday to plan their respective, unique pathways towards earning their bachelor’s degrees.
Dr. Nathan Gonyea, SUNY Empire’s Officer in Charge, addressed the group and thanked SUNY Broome for consistently sending academically prepared transfer students to SUNY Empire.
“Thanks to SUNY Broome’s academic rigor and the constant collaboration between faculty members on both campuses, SUNY Broome graduates who wish to participate in the partnership program will be automatically accepted to SUNY Empire. As part of the agreement, SUNY Empire will waive the orientation fee for incoming students and provide a $100 Better Together scholarship for participants who enroll in a degree-seeking program,” shared Gonyea.
The SUNY Broome/SUNY Empire Bachelor Partnership is ideal for students who are busy, working professionals who seek the academic flexibility that accompanies online learning. SUNY Broome students will also benefit from SUNY Empire’s prior learning assessment, which awards college credit for relevant work and life experience.
Students interested in learning more about the SUNY Broome/SUNY Empire Bachelor Partnership should contact the Career Center via phone or email.