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April 7, 2011

Nassau Community College and SUNY Empire State College

Partnership Broadens Higher Education Access for Students and Fills Education Pipeline

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(NEW YORK CITY – April 7, 2011) – Nassau Community College President Donald P. Astrab and State University of New York Empire State College President Alan R. Davis today signed a Pathways Transfer Program agreement which broadens access and opportunity for NCC students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Today’s signing took place at SUNY’s Global Center in Manhattan and the event was attended by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

"Today's Pathways agreement between Nassau Community College and Empire State College will help to better educate more SUNY students," said Chancellor Zimpher. "This agreement builds on the work SUNY has already done to dramatically improve student transfer across the 64 campus system and I thank President Astrab, President Davis and their teams for this partnership. SUNY alumni become the workforce that is driving New York's economic recovery, and this partnership helps make them even stronger."

Left to right: NCC President Donald Astrab, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and
SUNY Empire State College President Alan Davis at the Pathways Signing Ceremony

Left to right: NCC President Donald Astrab, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and SUNY Empire State College President Alan Davis at the Pathways Signing Ceremony.

“Students who attend Nassau Community College bring to the campus their educational goals and their determination,” said Astrab. “What the Pathways agreement between NCC and Empire State College adds to the mix is a guidepost that will maximize our students potential for success. It's a success that will benefit them personally and that will also benefit of the communities in which they live and work.”

“The Pathways agreement removes barriers of time and place and makes it easier for Nassau Community College graduates to live and work in their communities while earning a SUNY Empire State College bachelor’s degree,” said Davis. “Our partnership builds on the SUNY system-wide efforts facilitating student transfer, and President Astrab and his team have done outstanding work in making today’s agreement possible.”

Standing Left to right: NCC President Donald Astrab, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Empire State College President Alan Davis and SUNY Empire State College Long Island Center Dean Michael Spitzer at the Pathways Signing Ceremony

Standing Left to right: NCC President Donald Astrab, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Empire State President Alan Davis and Long Island Center Dean Michael Spitzer at the Pathways Signing Ceremony.

The Pathways Transfer Program is designed for NCC students who have completed or will complete an associate degree (A.A., A.S., or A.A.S.) prior to enrolling at SUNY Empire State College. Through the agreement, all of the credits students earned at NCC can be transferred toward a bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S. or B.P.S.) at SUNY Empire State College providing a seamless transition for NCC graduates.

SUNY Empire State College faculty mentors educate learners online and face-to-face through independent studies, seminars and residencies with 34 locations in New York State including Old Westbury, Hauppauge, and Riverhead. With appropriate advising, students may complete up to 80 lower-division credits including the associate degree at NCC as long as the courses meet bachelor’s degree requirements. The remaining 48 upper-division credits will be completed at Empire State College.


About Nassau Community College

Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where nearly 24,000 full- and part-time students and almost 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence.

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link .

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