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U.S. News & World Report recently named SUNY Oswego one of the nation’s “Top Up and Coming Schools;" Princeton Review called us one of the “Best Northeastern Colleges;" and Colleges of Distinction honored us for high marks in four categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. A core component of our distinctiveness, all agreed, is a commitment across disciplines to authentic experiential learning — learning through experience.

Today, we are poised to advance our reputation as a national leader in this area by creating and multiplying real-world learning opportunities for all students. Sustained funding of several core programs will weave them more closely into our curriculum and scale them to more fully meet student demand. Our goals: to integrate classroom study with hands-on experience, give students a head-start toward their careers, and strengthen relationships with the communities we serve.

We will achieve these goals as we build on our longstanding success with internships, practicums and community engagement by developing the growing opportunities in cooperative education and pioneering initiatives such as clinical and residency-based learning models.

Cooperative Education Program
SUNY Oswego’s Cooperative Education Program is the first multidisciplinary co-op program within the SUNY system. This innovative program gives students the chance to alternate academic study on campus with paid work experience relevant to their long-term interests. Participants say the program has enriched their educational experience and their career prospects, while also helping to cover the costs of their education and reducing the need for loans. Gifts to establish an endowment will provide permanent support for what one student called “the most meaningful educational experience of my life.”

Community Outreach 
SUNY Oswego reaches out to disadvantaged populations in surrounding communities through formal curricula and degree programs, and by deploying scores of student volunteers to serve the region. One example: the recently launched “Mentor-Scholars for Middle School” program provides academic and social development support to Oswego area middle school students with the aim of increasing high-school graduation rates. We plan to recruit and train 150 students each academic year who will serve as mentor-scholars for “underserved” and “at-risk” youth. Creating an endowment will provide the long-term funding needed to expand our outreach and strengthen our communities.

SUNY Oswego Network 
More than just streaming media of campus academic, cultural, social and athletic events, the SUNY Oswego Network will establish a global presence and immersive experience for alumni, parents and friends to engage, share and celebrate SUNY Oswego. This student initiative will connect the digital dots and put viewers in the middle of our vibrant campus. When fully developed, the SUNY Oswego Network will provide live and on-demand access to the essential Oswego experience building a digital media archive preserving the past while connecting the present to Oswego's lifelong learners around the world. Establishing an endowment will provide baseline support and expertise to launch the network and evolve this new exciting endeavor.

Take the Next Step. For information on how to establish an endowed fund and recognition opportunities, please review Recognition and Naming Opportunities.

For more information, contact the Office of University Development at 315-312-3003 or email develop@oswego.edu.