CCC President John Jablonski (left) and Plattsburgh State President John Ettling signing the new agreement.
PLATTSBURGH – The State University of New York, like everyone else, has faced increasing costs and decreasing revenues over the past few years.
As individual institutions within the system were increasingly tasked with doing more with less, SUNY administration sought shared services as one of the remedies for its significant fiscal difficulties.
Recently, Plattsburgh State and Clinton Community College signed an agreement to share services. Officials from both institutions said it will provide significant cost savings to both campuses.
“This is really a win-win for all involved,” said CCC President John Jablonski. “Our students and our community can only benefit from our collaboration.”
Besides financial benefits, the new agreement between Plattsburgh State and CCC will also reportedly lead to improvements in academic and student support services.
“We are fortunate to have faculty, staff and administration who are so willing to work together at both institutions,” Plattsburgh State President Dr. John Ettling said. “Not only does it make collaboration easier, it also makes it a pleasure.”
Suggested shared service opportunities between Plattsburgh State and CCC are not limited to, but include:
-Formation of a shared food service program for students.
-Creation of a shared bookstore service for students.
-Establishment of joint academic programs, in areas of mutual interest.
-Development of a conditional acceptance program for domestic and international students that benefits both campuses.
-Establishment of short- and long-term goals for shared services.
-Establishment of joint conferences and seminars.
-Development of close cooperation in the area of curricular development.
“SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College have maintained a symbiotic relationship throughout the years. We feel that this agreement can only strengthen that relationship and reap benefits for both our students and the taxpayers,” Ettling said.
Jablonski agreed, saying the region was fortunate to have two SUNY campuses.
“Our missions are distinct and complementary, but we still have opportunities to work together to improve our level of service and increase our operating efficiency,” Jablonski said.
Last year, SUNY launched its shared services initiative to reduce administrative costs and direct resources toward institution and student services. Over the next three years, SUNY campuses will shift at least 5 percent of their administrative spending to academics and student services for a $100 million investment in instruction.
"These critical first steps toward implementing common sense and cost effective shared services place SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College ahead of the curve," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "By identifying efficiencies and working together these campuses will maintain access and affordability while expanding services that directly benefit current and prospective students. Plattsburgh and Clinton are to be highly commended for embracing SUNY's systemness and leveraging their capacity as partners within the system and their shared community."