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January 12, 2012

Statement from President Alan R. Davis

“I was very pleased to attend Chancellor Zimpher’s state of the university address, where she highlighted some of SUNY Empire State College’s many advantages: award-winning distance and open learning; leadership in open education resources; and a specific mention of the college’s 40 years of expertise in evaluating and recognizing for credit the college-level learning obtained through experience, a key aspect of our pioneering mentor-learner model.

“The chancellor referred to the college in the context of Open SUNY, one of the Big Six Ideas of “The Power of SUNY,” wherein the multiple modes of learning and innovations in instruction across SUNY will be harnessed to expand the richness and reach of SUNY's offerings.

“The college is actively engaged with the chancellor and her team to determine how the advantages and benefits of all aspects of the system's distance and open learning can be brought to greater scale across the state and around the world.

“This is but one dimension of the chancellor’s call for greater collaboration and cooperation among SUNY campuses in order to lower costs, to improve quality, and to increase access and success.  Many initiatives to achieve these goals are already underway at the college and at our sister SUNY institutions.

“We join the chancellor’s call to follow up an historic 2011 by "getting down to business" in 2012.”

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