SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher gave her annual State of the University address today, officially announcing an expansion of online courses and a paid internship program.
Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported yesterday that Zimpher would announce plans to expand online majors at six colleges in eight degrees and provide $4 million for research.
In another announcement, Zimpher said she will reach out to every Fortune 500 company with a presence in New York and other large employers with the goal of 100 percent participation in SUNY Works, the system’s internship program.
She said she will also establish a Co-Op Task Force of business leaders from across the state to recruit new businesses to the program.
“The value of experiential learning is simply too good to pass up, and we want to ensure that every SUNY student — whether they attend on campus or online — has an opportunity to gain hands-on workforce experience in their career field prior to graduation,” Zimpher said. “Students and employers alike benefit from the increasingly sought-after experiences supported by SUNY Works, and we are determined to get 100 percent sign on from New York’s Fortune 500 companies.”
Here’s video from her speech: