SUNY Potsdam & Onondaga Community College Announce 2+2 Partnership Agreement

12.17.13

Onondaga Community College and SUNY Potsdam today announced a "2+2" partnership agreement. The seamless transfer agreement allows students who earn their associate degree at Onondaga to transfer to SUNY Potsdam with junior status, where they can complete their baccalaureate degree.

Onondaga President Dr. Casey Crabill and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dr. Dennis L. Hefner formally signed the agreement at Onondaga this morning.

Effective immediately, students can register for the new 2+2 program, which will require them to complete two years of prescribed coursework at Onondaga for an associate degree, and continue on to earn a bachelor's degree at SUNY Potsdam in just two years.The agreement covers seven degree programs at Onondaga, including computer science, childhood education, criminal justice and music. A total of 53 degree programs at SUNY Potsdam are part of the agreement, including the College's baccalaureate programs in biology, business, mathematics and physics.

Students enrolled in the 2+2 program will receive academic advising from both Onondaga and SUNY Potsdam advisors throughout the program. With today's signing, Onondaga now has 2+2 agreements with six colleges and universities, including the University at Buffalo, St. John Fisher College, LeMoyne College, SUNY Alfred and Syracuse University.

SUNY Potsdam also has similar transfer agreements with North Country Community College, Clinton Community College and Clarkson University. It is also working on transfer agreements with Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton.

"This partnership with SUNY Potsdam presents our students with wonderful opportunities. Students pursuing a four-year degree now have the ability to continue their education at SUNY Potsdam after getting a great start here at Onondaga. It is especially significant for students in our signature music program who will now have a seamless pathway to SUNY Potsdam's prestigious Crane School of Music. SUNY Potsdam is a tremendous institution, and we are thrilled to be collaborating with them," said Onondaga President Dr. Casey Crabill.

"SUNY Potsdam is proud to enter into this new partnership with Onondaga Community College. This agreement makes it even easier for OCC associate graduates to continue their education at Potsdam.Through the years, OCC students attending Potsdam have excelled in their chosen academic disciplines.For example, Potsdam's Crane School of Music has long enjoyed a great relationship with the excellent Onondaga music program, which every year transfers a number of talented students," said SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dr. Dennis L. Hefner.

For more information about Onondaga Community College, visit www.sunyocc.edu. For more information about SUNY Potsdam, visit www.potsdam.edu.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College's bicentennial in 2016.

About Onondaga Community College:

Onondaga Community College is Central New York's second largest undergraduate college, with more than 12,000 students. Onondaga is a two-year college operating under the State University of New York (SUNY) system, and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. Located on a bustling 280-acre campus atop Onondaga Hill, the community's college remains dedicated to serving the needs of students in ways that help them to explore, discover, and transform. Onondaga offers nearly 50 programs of study, bachelor and master's degrees available on campus through a regional higher education center, and more than 80 transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities. A 2013 report on "The Economic Contributions of Onondaga Community College" shows student enjoy an attractive 14.4% rate of return on their educational investment and recover all costs in 11 years, while state and local governments see an annual rate of return of 7.8% on their support for Onondaga. The College is home to the seven-time NJCAA national champion men's lacrosse team and the two-time NJCAA national champion women's lacrosse team. The men's team won its fifth consecutive national title in 2013. The women last won the national title in 2012. Onondaga has 15 intercollegiate men's and women's athletic teams.

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Watch the video of the signing ceremony at Onondaga Community College here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1It35puv3QM