College Catalog

State University of New York

Hudson Valley Community College is part of the State University of New York,
and is sponsored by Rensselaer County.

Rensselaer County Legislators

Stan Brownell, Chairman
Philip J. Danaher, Vice Chairman-Finance
Alexander A. Shannon, Vice Chairman
Kenneth H. Herrington, Majority Leader
Peter D. Grimm, Minority Leader
Edward F. Manny, Deputy Minority Leader

Robert W. Bayly
Judith H. Breselor
Cynthia B. Doran
Leon B. Fiacco
Mark J. Fleming
Lester E. Goodermote
Kelly C. Hoffman
Gary L. Pavlic
Martin T. Reid
Michael E. Stammel
Todd J. Tesman
Thomas M. Walsh, Sr.
Leonard Welcome

Rensselaer County Executive - Kathleen M. Jimino
Rensselaer County Attorney - Stephen A. Pechenik

State University of New York Board of Trustees

The Hon. H. Carl McCall, Chairman
Joseph W. Belluck
Courtney Eagles Burke
Marc J. Cohen, Student Trustee and President of the Student Assembly
Eric Corngold
The Hon. Robert J. Duffy
Dr. Ronald G. Ehrenberg
Dr. Angelo M. Fatta
Dr. Peter L. K. Knuepfer, President, University Faculty Senate
Eunice Ashman Lewin
Dr. Marshall A. Lichtman
Stanley S. Litow
Richard Socarides
Carl Spielvogel
Edward M. Spiro
Cary F. Staller
Dr. Nina Tamrowski, President, Faculty Council of Community Colleges
Lawrence Waldman

Chancellor of the University, Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher
Secretary of the University, Joel Pierre-Louis

General Statement

State University of New York's 64 geographically dispersed campuses bring educational opportunity within commuting distance of virtually all New Yorkers and comprise the nation's largest comprehensive system of public higher education.

When founded in 1948, the University consolidated 29 state-operated but unaffiliated institutions whose varied histories of service dated as far back as 1816. It has grown to a point where its impact is felt educationally, culturally and economically the length and breadth of the state.

As a comprehensive public university, State University of New York provides a meaningful educational experience to the broadest spectrum of individuals. Nearly 367,000 students are pursuing traditional study in classrooms and laboratories or are working at home, at their own pace, through such innovative institutions as Open SUNY and Empire State College, for over 25 years a leader in non-traditional education, distance learning, and assessment of prior learning.

Of the total enrollment, approximately 39.4% of the students are 25 years of age or older, reflecting State University's services to specific constituencies, such as training courses for business and industry, continuing educational opportunities for the professional community, and personal enrichment for more mature persons.

The State University's students are predominantly New York State residents. Representing every one of the state's 62 counties, they make up more than 96 percent of the University's undergraduate student population. State University of New York students also come from every other state in the United States, from four U.S. territories or possessions, and from more than 160 foreign countries.

The State University enrolls 35 percent of all New York State high school graduates, and its total enrollment of just under 370,000 (full-time and part-time) is approximately 37 percent of the state's entire higher education student population. Between 1976 and 1995, the University recorded a 160 percent increase in the enrollment of African, Asian, Hispanic and Native Americans, compared with a 63 percent average increase among colleges and universities across the state.

Because of its structure and comprehensive programs, the State University offers students a wide diversity of educational options: short-term vocational/technical courses, certificate programs, baccalaureate degrees, graduate degrees and post-doctoral studies. The University offers access to almost every field of academic or professional study somewhere within the system—some 5,180 programs of study overall.

Curricula range from those in the more conventional career fields, such as business, engineering, medicine, teaching, performing arts, social work, finance and forestry, to those concerned with tomorrow's developing and societal needs in the areas of environmental science, urban studies, immunology, information systems, biotechnology, telecommunications, microbiology and health services management.

As part of the university's commitment to bring to the students of New York the very best and brightest scholars, scientists, artists and professionals, the State University's distinguished faculty is recruited from the finest graduate schools and universities throughout the United States and many countries around the world, and includes nationally and internationally recognized figures in all the major disciplines. Their efforts are regularly recognized in numerous prestigious awards and honors.

State University's research contributions are helping to solve some of today's most urgent problems. At the same time, contracts and grants received by University faculty directly benefit the economic development of the regions in which they are located.

State University researchers pioneered nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, introduced time-lapse photography of forestry subjects, isolated the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and developed the first implantable heart pacemaker. Other University researchers continue important studies in such wide-ranging areas as breast cancer, immunology, marine biology, sickle-cell anemia, and robotics, and make hundreds of other contributions, inventions and innovations for the benefit of society.

The University's program for the educationally and economically disadvantaged, consisting of Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) and Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC), has become a model for delivering better learning opportunities to young people and adults traditionally bypassed by higher education. Over the past 30 years, almost 482,000 New York State residents have been served.

EOPs currently serve 11,500 students at 47 State University campuses, providing counseling and tutoring to improve scholastic performance, and support services in such areas as academic planning, housing and financial aid. At EOCs in 10 locations across the state, an additional 13,000 students are improving educational competencies, preparing for college entry, or learning marketable skills and occupations.

The 30 locally-sponsored two-year community colleges operating under the program of the State University offer local citizens programs that are directly and immediately job-related as well as degree programs that serve as job-entry educational experience or a transfer opportunity to a baccalaureate degree at a senior campus. In the forefront of efforts to meet the accelerating pace of technological developments and the requirements of continuing educational opportunity, they provide local industry with trained technicians and help companies and employees in retraining and skills upgrading.

As a public university, the State University of New York has a special responsibility to make its rich and varied resources accessible to all. By focusing its educational system on the needs of the state, the University becomes a valuable resource for meeting those needs for today and tomorrow.

The State University believes efficiencies in instructional delivery and administrative transactions can be achieved while preserving affordable, quality higher education for its students. In 1995, the Board of Trustees developed the document Rethinking SUNY, in response to a call from the Legislature for a "multi-year, comprehensive system-wide plan to increase cost efficiency." Underlying Rethinking SUNY is the theme of increasing efficiency by empowering campuses to manage directly more of their academic and financial affairs and by eliminating disincentives to the prudent use of campus and system resources.

State University's involvement in the health sciences and health care is extensive and responsive to the rapid changes in society and the growing needs identified by the state's public health community. Hundreds of thousands of New York's citizens are served each year by medical and health sciences faculty and students in University hospitals and clinics or affiliated hospitals.

The University's economic development services programs provide research, training and technical assistance to the state's business and industrial community through Business and Industry Centers, the New York State Small Business Development Center, the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence, Rural Services Institutes, the Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, Technical Assistance Centers, Small Business Institutes, Centers for Advanced Technology, and international development.

State University libraries, the major resource which supports the teaching and research activities of its students and faculty, are an important community resource too. Nearly six million items circulated by campus libraries in fiscal year 1995-96, another three million items were used in-house and almost a quarter million items were made available to the wider community through interlibrary loan. Increasingly, the circulation methods reflected in these traditional statistics are supplemented by electronic and internet access. Annual attendance at the University's libraries is more than 21 million students, faculty and public citizens. More than 20 million volumes and government documents are available, as well as nearly 14 thousand CD-ROMS and other computer files. More than two million reference questions were answered, many consisting of requests for help with CD-ROM and online database searches.

The University passed a major milestone in the mid-1980s when it graduated its one millionth alumnus, and currently numbers 1.9 million graduates on its rolls. The majority of the University's alumni reside and pursue careers in communities across New York State, contributing to the economic and social vitality of its people.

State University of New York is governed by a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, which directly determines the policies to be followed by the 34 state-supported campuses. Community colleges have their own local boards of trustees whose relationship to the State University Board is defined by law.

The University's motto is: "To Learn — To Search — To Serve."

University Centers
University at Albany
Binghamton University
University at Buffalo
State University of New York at Stony Brook

Colleges of Arts and Science
State University College at Brockport
State University College at Buffalo
State University College at Cortland
State University of New York Empire State College
State University College at Fredonia
State University College at Geneseo
State University College at New Paltz
State University College at Old Westbury
State University College at Oneonta
State University College at Oswego
State University College at Plattsburgh
State University College at Potsdam
State University College at Purchase

Colleges and Centers For the Health Sciences
State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse
State University of New York College of Optometry at New York City
(Health Sciences Center at SUNY at Buffalo)*
(Health Sciences Center at SUNY at Stony Brook)*

Colleges of Technology and Colleges of Agriculture and Technology
State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred
State University of New York College of Technology at Canton
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi
State University of New York College of Technology at Farmingdale
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville
State University Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome**
(Upper-division and master's programs)
(Fashion Institute of Technology at New York City)***

Specialized Colleges
State University of New York College of Environmental
Science and Forestry (ESF)
State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler

Statutory Colleges****
New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University
New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University
New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University
New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University

Community Colleges
(Locally-sponsored, two-year colleges under the program of State University).
Adirondack Community College at Glens Falls
Broome Community College at Binghamton
Cayuga County Community College at Auburn
Clinton Community College at Plattsburgh
Columbia-Greene Community College at Hudson
Community College of the Finger Lakes at Canandaigua
Corning Community College at Corning
Dutchess Community College at Poughkeepsie
Erie Community College at Williamsville, Buffalo and Orchard Park
Fashion Institute of Technology at New York City***
Fulton-Montgomery Community College at Johnstown
Genesee Community College at Batavia
Herkimer County Community College at Herkimer
Hudson Valley Community College at Troy
Jamestown Community College at Jamestown
Jefferson Community College at Watertown
Mohawk Valley Community College at Utica
Monroe Community College at Rochester
Nassau Community College at Garden City
Niagara County Community College at Sanborn
North Country Community College at Saranac Lake
Onondaga Community College at Syracuse
Orange County Community College at Middletown
Rockland Community College at Suffern
Schenectady County Community College at Schenectady
Suffolk County Community College at Selden, Riverhead and Brentwood
Sullivan County Community College at Loch Sheldrake
Tompkins Cortland Community College at Dryden
Ulster County Community College at Stone Ridge
Westchester Community College at Valhalla

*The Health Sciences Centers at Buffalo and Stony Brook are operated under the administration of their respective University Centers.
**This is an upper-division institution authorized to offer baccalaureate and master's degree programs.
***While authorized to offer such baccalaureate and master's degree programs as may be approved pursuant to the provisions of the Master Plan, in addition to the associate degree, the Fashion Institute of Technology is financed and administered in the manner provided for community colleges.
**** These operate as "contract colleges" on the campuses of independent universities.