SUNY Cobleskill has always been a unique place, both in its determination to significantly improve lives around the world and in its commitment to producing graduates whose practical knowledge is extensive and whose quality of character shines in all their professional pursuits.
Pathways and Access
We mean it when we call all learners; bringing eager minds to campus is vital to designing a better future. We proudly welcomed more than 300 students benefitting from the Excelsior Scholarship to campus this year, and our College in High School Program enables students to earn college credit before transitioning into a SUNY Cobleskill degree program. The chance to earn course credits before fully enrolling has potential to save students, such as those in Ag Ptech programs, college costs, while empowering students to access education on their terms. SUNY Cobleskill’s Educational Opportunity Program operates ‘Meet, Greet & Complete,’ an initiative for incoming EOP students to access College offices, staff and materials the summer prior to beginning classes.
For those already on campus, AcessABILITY Resources fosters a supportive campus environment for students with disabilities. The MERITS Program, which provides academic and social support for students who may not otherwise qualify for admission, ensures every student has access to SUNY Cobleskill resources.
Flexibility of Delivery
To reflect the evolving needs of our students, both academically and professionally, SUNY Cobleskill is continuously developing new ways to deliver education – as well as the resources and credentials necessary to earn an education. For some students, alternative credentials – other than or in addition to a college degree – may be requisite to achieving career success. At SUNY Cobleskill, the Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) collaborates with academic departments to establish programs to meet the needs of each learner. Through PACE, SUNY Cobleskill’s ability to award professional certifications, career training certifications, and micro-credentials serves students seeking professional skills and qualifications.
Our College has prioritized a shift to digitally-formatting resources and materials whenever possible. One initiative, Open Educational Resources (OER), allows faculty to design, revise, and redistribute course materials in print, digital and online formats. These materials are accessible to the College as well as those outside our community. A new agreement this year with eCampus to digitally source and supply textbooks could save students 25 to 40 percent per textbook order. SUNY Cobleskill becomes the only SUNY campus to not receive commission on book sales, which we believe is indicative of our commitment to our students and the conservation of resources.
Building the Future
The growth of our college is marked by more than academic achievement. Bright people are building a bright future at SUNY Cobleskill. As citizens of the world, members of the SUNY Cobleskill community strive to become agents of positive disruption and change.
Strides we took to renew campus infrastructure this year include opening a new Beef Cattle Barn, and building a new, 2,300 square-foot dairy processing facility. In reimagining our Carriage House, the building now features a retail store selling food products made, grown, and raised on campus or by area agricultural businesses. A new fermentation science laboratory and fully-renovated gymnasium are open – two of nine capital projects completed this summer. Students living in Vroman Hall will be able to take advantage of newly-designed student lounges this semester, while renovations to Bouck Theater are nearing completion. These projects will support all reaches of campus and help sustain our promising future.
SUNY Cobleskill students and members of faculty take full advantage of the opportunity to study and teach internationally. Alliances, learning cooperatives, and study abroad programs allow participants to study in countries including Costa Rica, Peru and Turkey. Students may intern abroad, and this year travelled to Ecuador, Cape Verde, Australia, and more. Agreements also bring international students and faculty to SUNY Cobleskill, including those from Egypt, China, and Mexico. SUNY Cobleskill’s Office of International Education opens new doors for the College community each year, allowing SUNY Cobleskill to expand its global influence and heighten its global understanding.
SUNY Cobleskill is on the front-lines of change. Now more than ever conferences are coming to us, indicative of the role we play in designing the future. Through participation in regional, national, and international conferences, our students gain valuable access to cutting edge information and the chance to network with industry’s top minds.
In the 2017-2018 year, SUNY Cobleskill hosted the second annual Lifestyle Farming Conference, building on the previous year’s inaugural event. In reintroducing a forum for discussions about supplying state schools with food grown on NY farms, the campus also hosted the first New York Regional Farm to School Conference in our area in more than 10 years. This coming year we will host the SUNY RA Conference, North America Police Work Dog Association Seminar, and NYS STEM Education Collaborative – reflecting our role as a leader in a growing number of fields.