Foreword From President Zvi Szafran
This coming year marks a significant milestone in SUNY Canton's history.
Five decades ago, we forged our own path and relocated from a small cluster of buildings at St. Lawrence University to a beautiful, state-of-the-art campus of our own, beginning a reputation as “The College of the Future.”
Much has changed in 50 years. In 1967, we offered 5 two-year degree programs to 1,437 students. Today, more than 3,200 students are studying in our 25 bachelor’s degree programs, 21 associate degree programs and 5 certificate programs.
Fifty years ago, we were in the midst of building a brand-new $26 million campus. Today, we are completing $3.6 million in renovations, beginning an additional $11 million in construction projects, and are in the design phase for another $16.9 million in projects for the future. Add it all up, and our total improvements in progress come to $1.7 million more than the original price for the entire campus!
With all of the change throughout the years, including five name changes and four athletic identities, our core values and ethos have remained the same. We are the College that is relentlessly applied in everything we do. As a graduate of the Class of 1968 recently told me, we’re still the College that offers courses and programs that are useful in the real world and lead to great jobs. We’re still the College that has faculty with practical experience that they enthusiastically share with our students. Those things will never change.
We’ve also had some good press in the past year, courtesy of U.S. News and World Report, including:
- The College moved up 21 spots in the Best Colleges Rankings, jumping from 44th to 23rd on the list of Regional Colleges North rankings and was ranked 13th in Top Public Schools.
- New this year, the College was noted for our diverse student body. Approximately 28 percent of students at SUNY Canton identify as belonging to a minority group, and 25 percent identify as an under-represented minority. This was especially important to us as we opened our brand-new Center for Diversities and Inclusion and having appointed two new Co-Chief Diversity Officers who are working closely with our students, faculty, and staff.
- SUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree programs have been named among the 100 best in the country for a third time. The College was one of only three SUNY schools to earn a spot in this year’s rankings.
Our online programs received seven separate rankings for their affordability, accreditation, and overall value.
Online programs allow the College to expand beyond our local region and to offer our newest majors, including Agribusiness Management, to larger and more diverse audiences.
All in all, SUNY Canton continues to expand its reputation as “The College of the Future.” Our last 50 years have led us to the successes outlined in this report. What will the future bring? I can’t wait to see what happens next!
SUNY Canton President