SUNY Cobleskill is elevating its role as a destination for hands-on education with a new applied learning requirement for all students beginning in the fall of 2017. The College will be the first SUNY institution to make applied learning a graduation requirement.
The new policy, which requires students to complete at least three credits of applied learning, will guarantee that all SUNY Cobleskill students graduate with practical experience. The credits will come from a list of designated applied learning courses that include internships, practicums, field experiences, laboratory experiences, and capstone courses with research components.
“As SUNY remains on track to ensuring that every SUNY student has an opportunity to engage in applied learning, SUNY Cobleskill is to be commended for taking its program offerings a step further,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to President Terenzio and the faculty who led this important charge to require an applied learning experience for every student. With this decision, SUNY Cobleskill becomes a leader not only within SUNY but nationally, ensuring its students are among the most qualified for jobs following graduation.”
“SUNY Cobleskill has embraced applied learning as a critical component of the roadmap to student success and has put in place a strong foundation of student supports and faculty oversight to ensure the most productive experiences possible,” said SUNY Provost Alexander N. Cartwright. “Many of the applied learning opportunities come from the campus’s partnership with the Cobleskill community, which also fosters student interest in community engagement. It’s a win-win for all involved.”
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Applied learning was a central tenet of SUNY Cobleskill’s founding documents 100 years ago, and it has remained a critical part of the College’s approach to education. From internships both locally and around the country to experience in the College’s state-of-the-art labs and facilities, students practice real-world skills and explore potential career paths long before they graduate. This makes them not only more prepared to enter the workforce, but more attractive to potential employers.
Through applied learning, SUNY Cobleskill is also able to build partnerships in the community and across the region. The College’s service learning efforts were recently recognized with inclusion on the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for an institution’s commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement. This is the seventh consecutive year that SUNY Cobleskill has been recognized on the Honor Roll.
“Given SUNY Cobleskill’s long history of community involvement, particularly its encouragement of its students to be active participants in solving for the community’s challenges, it comes as no surprise that SUNY Cobleskill was named once again to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Congratulations to the entire SUNY Cobleskill family on this much deserved recognition,” added Chancellor Zimpher.
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