SUNY honors Oswego program for students deciding on a major

OSWEGO — Outstanding service to undeclared and other students earned SUNY Oswego’s Major Exploration Program an award from the State University of New York and the system’s top student affairs officers.

The honor, in the First-Year Student and Support category of the 2012 Outstanding Student Affairs Program Awards, particularly cites Oswego’s freshmen-to-sophomore retention rates for undeclared students rising nearly 10 percentage points in the years following the 2007-08 pilot for the program.

The initiative provides courses, in-person and online workshops, career events and other resources for students trying to identify a major.

“Your program . . . has clearly made a very positive impact on students and their development and has improved the living-learning community on your campus,” wrote Ed Engelbride, SUNY’s associate provost, and Dave Herman, president of the SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers, in an award letter.

Kathleen Evans, assistant vice president of student affairs at Oswego, will accept the award on Sept. 27 at a SUNY-wide gathering in Syracuse of the Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers, said Christy Huynh, who has been working on and with the Major Exploration Program since 2005.