A National Nod For Our SUNY Schools

By Senator Patty Ritchie
As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam, I already know what a great value SUNY schools provide. But now, others are taking notice.

Recently, eight SUNY colleges appeared on  the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top public regional universities in the North.  The list, which ranks the colleges based on criteria such as selectivity, retention, graduation rates and more, included both SUNY Oswego and SUNY Potsdam.

Along with Governor Cuomo and SUNY leaders, New York State lawmakers have been working to strengthen the 64 SUNY campuses across the state in an effort to give more students the tools they need to succeed in today’s economy.

In the North Country, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are striving to share services and reduce administrative costs.  These initiatives follow a proposal to have the colleges share a president. I have supported each college keeping their respective presidents, and believe doing so will protect each college’s reputation for academic excellence they have so rightfully earned.

Further south at SUNY Oswego, I am looking for ways for the college to partner with local businesses in an effort to create jobs and match graduates with local job opportunities.

One of the ways I’m doing that is through my upcoming Job and Career Fair on September 26.

Representatives from SUNY Oswego and the SUNY Oswego Business Development Office will be on hand at the event, which will be held at the Fulton War Memorial from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Our SUNY schools play an important role in our communities, they serve as centers of learning as well as economic drivers, supporting local businesses and providing much-needed jobs.

I  would like to congratulate SUNY Oswego and SUNY Potsdam for their accomplishments, as well as all of the other SUNY schools across the state that provide first-rate educational opportunities to the people of New York State who are looking to learn and make a difference.