Empire State College
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Empire State College (SUNY Empire or Empire) is a public college headquartered in Saratoga Springs, New York. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Empire State College is a multi-site institution offering associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees, and distance degrees worldwide through the Center for Distance Learning. The main campus in Saratoga Springs, NY has approximately 10,000 undergraduate students and has an acceptance rate of 63%.
|Type||Public Liberal Arts|
|State University of New York|
|182 full time and 1,206 part time|
|Campus||34 locations across the state of New York|
|Colors||orange, blue, black|
|Mascot||Blue the Bluebird|
The School for Graduate Studies offers master's degrees. Empire State College's Center for International Programs also has special programs for students in Lebanon through the American University of Science and Technology, Czech Republic, and Greece. From 2005 to 2010, Empire State College and Anadolu University in Turkey offered a joint MBA program. It also has arranged learning opportunities with UAW-Ford University, United Steelworkers of America, Corporate Noncredit Training, eArmyU, Navy College Program and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local Union #3). The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Empire State College administrative offices are located in Saratoga Springs, New York.
|James W. Hall||1971–1998|
|Joseph B. Moore||March 2000 – June 2007|
|Kimberly Cline (acting*)||June 2007 – October 2007|
|Joyce Elliott (interim*)||October 2007 – July 31, 2008|
|Alan Davis||August 1, 2008 – July 31, 2012|
|Meg Benke (acting*)||August 1, 2012 - May 8, 2013|
|Merodie A. Hancock||May 9, 2013 – March 3, 2018 |
|Mitchell Nesler (Officer-in-Charge*)||March 3, 2018 – July 14, 2019|
|Jim Malatras||July 15, 2019 – August 30, 2020|
|Beth Berlin (Officer-in-Charge*)||August 31, 2020 – Present|
|*title designates acting/interim leaders|
Empire State College was designed by then SUNY Chancellor Ernest Boyer in a document titled "Prospectus for a New University College."  In 1971, Ernest L. Boyer, chancellor of the State University of New York, conceived a new college for the state's public university: a college dedicated to adult, student-centered education. Empire State College would invite people into higher education by removing impediments to access such as time, location, institutional processes, and even curricular custom, as well as habits of learning and teaching. Students individually would define their academic needs, purposes and efforts. The college would be flexible in supporting them, through its faculty, policies and procedures, to achieve demonstrable college-level learning. This is the animating idea and the root of Empire State College.
Empire State College in 2020 named its first-ever mascot, Blue the Bluebird. A campus-wide vote took place and Blue the Bluebird beat out other finalists, Cam the Chameleon and Van the Vanguard. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni cast 9,922 total votes in the finals. The bluebird is New York's state bird.
Empire State College fulfills its mission by providing learning opportunities designed to accommodate students with family, work, and community responsibilities. At the core of the learning-teaching environment, individualized study and the creation of an individual degree plan is supported by a faculty mentor to whom each student is assigned. Empire State College students can take advantage of multiple modes of study including guided independent studies, study groups, intensive residencies, online courses, and blended-learning experiences. The college also was one of the first institutions in the United States to develop a program of prior learning assessment, whereby students may earn college credit through assessment of prior learning from their work and life experiences.
The college offers flexible programs, including distance education, extensive transfers of credits from other universities, prior-learning assessment for knowledge gained through independent studies, standardized evaluations, and the opportunity to design one's own degree with an academic advisor or mentor.
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