A Message for the New Year from President Hancock: Student Input Sought

By Merodie Hancock, president, SUNY Empire State College

January 29, 2016

Hancock HeadshotOn behalf of the entire college, I would like to offer my warmest wishes to you and your family for a safe, healthy and happy 2016 and to share with you some of the exciting New Year developments for the college. 

Although winter seems to be just now settling in, SUNY Empire State College is preparing for a season of new growth in a number of areas. SUNY Empire was built by listening to our students and your thoughtful input will help keep SUNY Empire the leader in providing high-quality, innovative and meaningful learning experiences.

As always, we are looking at new programs and services to add to our robust list of offerings. In response to your requests, we are expanding course-delivery options to create more opportunities across the state and around the globe. Our Staten Island location has been equipped with technology that can connect students and faculty from remote locations in synchronous virtual classroom settings. We are expanding our residency offerings to include more programs and locations and adding more options and flexibility in course delivery to meet our students’ busy schedules. 

In addition to how our students want to learn, we also are taking a close look at what our students want to study. Are there courses or programs you would like to see offered? If so, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts through the link at the bottom of this email. 

With additional program and delivery options, we also continue to look at ways to grow our college community as a whole. A key challenge across colleges has been building academic communities that invite and support all learners. It is not enough to simply set diversity goals. As an institution of higher learning, we hold a responsibility to leverage educational opportunities to have a broader societal impact. I am pleased to announce that SUNY Empire is once again leading the way by incorporating diversity, inclusion and pluralism in our collegewide culture that not only strives to increase access for all students, but also to broaden our understanding and appreciation of the vast and diverse world around us. This is where you come in. We want to know your thoughts and ideas about what diversity, inclusion and pluralism mean to you and how SUNY Empire can challenge us all to appreciate new perspectives. We encourage you to take some time to research these important topics before completing the survey through the link below.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts as we continue to grow this wonderful college and, again, we wish you and your family a safe and rewarding new year.

Thoughts on New Programs:


Thoughts on Diversity, Inclusion and Pluralism:



Merodie A. Hancock, Ph.D.



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