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Community partner. Economic powerhouse. Anchor tenant. Talent magnet. Innovation catalyst. New York’s Independent Sector of higher education is all this—and more. With this issue of cIcu’s The Independent Sector, we take the opportunity to consider what the Independent Sector “IS” and what defines our 112 independent (private, not-for-profit) campuses. As we look across the state, we see campuses defined by history and tradition; strong and diverse academics and research; urban, suburban or rural locations; productive community engagement and volunteerism; quality faculty and staff, and more. Our sector IS idea generating, innovative, and inspiring. In all, it IS impressive! Using a new magazine format and focusing on what the Independent Sector IS, we share with you the depth and breadth of private, not-for-profit higher education in New York State. Within these pages, you will come to understand that the Independent Sector, with its vast human, creative, intellectual, and institutional resources, truly IS essential to educating our future leaders and providing important economic and community resources. You will learn more about how Independent Sector campuses in all parts of New York State connect with their local communities—partnerships that result in a stronger workforce, safer neighborhoods, healthier environments, and more engaged citizens leading culturally-enriched lives. You will discover how integral higher education is to our regional economies, and how these campuses are powerful innovators in a world more reliant on ingenuity than ever before. I invite you to celebrate with us all that the Independent Sector IS.

Laura L. Anglin President

A Workforce & Innovation Catalyst


Fordham University partners with New York Cares each October to participate in a city-wide day of service to renovate New York City public schools. Photo by: Bill Denison

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6 Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities 100+ Independent Colleges and Universities T: (518) 436-4781 F: (518) 436-0417 For more information about the Independent Sector of higher education in New York State, visit and ©2011 Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

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A Community Partner

Teaming Up to Brighten New York’s Future Brainpower? Check. Useful research and technology? Check. Diverse infrastructure? Check. Economic vitality? Check. Sizeable population of creative, civic-minded, and energetic people? Double check. Few entities hold such a unique set of resources as New York’s independent colleges and universities. These same resources are perfectly suited to help revive and enrich struggling communities across the Empire State. To be sure, “higher education is the source of innumerable benefits to society,” affirms cIcu President Laura Anglin. “It is also the solution to many of its problems.” Recognizing this, the Independent Sector launched an initiative this spring to facilitate collaborations between New York’s 100+ private campuses and their neighborhood communities. Campus Community Partners, housed at, was announced at a kick-off event held March 7 at the 55th annual meeting of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu). Campus Community Partners harnesses the diverse human, intellectual, cultural, and institutional resources of higher education with the aim of connecting them to local organizations. A database of projects and events taking place in all corners of the state records the stories of how “campus and community” team up to revitalize economies, generate jobs, support leadership development, improve neighborhood safety, encourage civic participation, and otherwise generate a host of community-strengthening activities. The following profiles represent a sampling of the hundreds of projects that reach from the tip of Long Island to the dense boroughs of New York City into the Adirondack forests and west across to the Great Lakes. Each tells a unique story of how partnerships empower community members to become active stakeholders in their neighborhoods.

New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy addresses independent college and university presidents and community leaders at launch of the Campus Community Partners Initiative on March 7, 2011.

Free Tax Prep Services Residents of the western part of the Bronx pay the highest percent of income taxes on rent of any borough in New York City. They also grapple with high unemployment and low to moderate income, so the free tax preparation services made possible by a host of partnering organizations is heavily used and deeply appreciated. Launched in 2008 by the University Neighborhood Housing Program and Fordham Bedford Children’s Services, the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program relies on Manhattan College business students to assist residents with their tax returns. Evan Wheeler, a junior accounting major, feels that the VITA program provides both a great opportunity to help those who are less fortunate and a way to gain valuable experience in the tax field. Students like Evan helped 842 clients last year alone, commanding total refunds of $1,080,000, or an average of $1,783 per return. Several other Independent Sector campuses also run programs: Ithaca College, Niagara University, Roberts Wesleyan College, Siena College and Union College.

Parades, Presents, and 33,000 Easter Eggs “Vassar students have decided to make a home away from home here in East Poughkeepsie,” says John Flowers, who loves the energy and fun that the student volunteers bring to his array of community events. “They sing and dance and give out presents,” enthuses Flowers, a community figure and local radio personality, referring to the students who visited 23 nursing homes, three hospitals, and a children’s home, delivering 7,500 gifts in December. Among Flowers’ other efforts are a Father’s Day Parade, Roses for Mother’s Day, a Haunted House, for which the Vassar College soccer team dreams up novel ways to spook visitors, and an Easter Egg Hunt. This Easter, kids from as far away as Yonkers hunted for 33,000 eggs in Warrior’s Park. Lauren O’Neill, a Vassar junior and Community Action Coordinator, assists Flowers in his community work and draws in other student volunteers. “I am really struck by how he incorporates so many THE INDEPENDENT SEC TOR


people in the execution of so many events,” said Lauren. “He definitely brings a lot of happiness to peoples’ days.”

Breast Cancer: A Shout Out for Early Detection All women should have access to mammograms, and students at New York Institute of Technology are taking action to ensure this life-saving opportunity. In March, student members of the Community Service Center on campus collaborated with the Women’s Association to organize a breast cancer awareness event. The students set up laptops with a petition supporting a federal program that helps ensure all women have access to mammograms. Their efforts garnered close to 100 signed petitions—and broadcast important statistics, such as one in eight New Yorkers develop breast cancer over their lives, and about 2,900 die of the disease.

“NYIT’s Community Service Center promotes civic engagement,” says Theresa Piccolo, who manages internal and external relations for the center. “It shows students that they can make a lasting impression in the community.”

Bringing the “smARTS” to Youth With K-12 schools cutting funding for the arts, even while the creative economy is burgeoning, Syracuse University students are stepping in to fill the gap. They volunteer as art mentors in an after-school program held at Grant Middle School on the city’s north side. Organized through the University’s Office of Engagement Programs, smART runs three days a week, engaging kids in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning. “One day, a physics professor brought broken beakers from a lab for a glass-melting module,” said Seiysha Monquesse Byrd, Director of the Office. “The kids transformed the beakers into glass

The New Faces of Volunteerism More students are dedicating their free hours to community service than ever before. In 2009, they collectively performed more than 300 million hours of service nationwide —a 20 percent jump over previous years, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service. This surge broadcasts an unmistakable message: College students are reframing their lives to embrace a culture of citizenship and community service. Lyndsi Holmes and Sean Conerly spoke at cIcu’s “Campus Community Partners” event on March 7, 2011. They shared their experiences in community service with New York State Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, as well as state lawmakers, business and community leaders, and cIcu member presidents.

Meet Lyndsi Holmes Hometown: Niskayuna, NY Alma Mater: Nazareth College, BA ‘11 During her undergraduate years, Lyndsi Holmes volunteered extensively with refugees resettled to the Rochester area and chose to student teach in southeast Kentucky in the fall of her senior year. “I loved every moment of this experience. To me, the most important part of service is to get to understand and appreciate the group of people you are in a community with, especially when it may be a different culture and lifestyle than the one you are used to,” she said.



Sean Conerly (L) and Lyndsi Holmes (C) with Lt. Governor Robert Duffy at cIcu’s March 7 event.

Meet Sean Conerly Hometown: New Orleans, LA Alma Mater: Union Graduate College, MBA ‘12 As part of the Union Graduate College’s Graduate Student Assembly service project, Sean Conerly has worked extensively with the “Health Ambassador” project in Schenectady. The aim of the project is to help connect low-income residents with the “Medical Home” established by Ellis Medicine, the local health system. Not only has Sean found participating in community service rewarding for him personally, it has also enriched his education.

pendants.” Photography, sculpture, printmaking, and creative writing also form the smART curriculum. At the end of the school year, a magazine of the children’s artwork, writing, and photography is published. “We’re able to come with different things than they would normally encounter in an art classroom,” said Monquess Byrd. For at least one young class member, smART is the best part of her day: “I love it. It helps me express myself.”

Forging and Strengthening Community Identity The task for each group participating in the 9th annual North Country Symposium in April was: to envision what a workable, vibrant North Country community would look like in the future. In the morning, they looked at the task through the lenses of health and human services, business development, and food and agriculture. In the afternoon, energy, education, and quality of life were the tracks among which participants at the Eben Holden Conference Center on the campus of St. Lawrence University could select. Local leaders provided background on local efforts, as well as insight on the task at hand. The day’s keynote speaker, farmer, journalist and author Ben Hewitt, launched the day with fascinating stories of how a rural Vermont community was able to jump-start its economy and redefine itself by capitalizing on its assets— primarily enthusiastic young entrepreneurs and a local, sustainable food system. The lessons from Hardwick, Vermont, drawn primarily from Hewitt’s book, The Town that Food Saved, fortified the symposium participants with revolutionizing ideas on how to revitalize their own North Country communities.

Empowering New Leaders for Greener Cities Only four months into a comprehensive initiative aimed at building a sustainable resident leadership base in Niagara Falls, the GreenRoots Leadership Development Program is blossoming. It is also disproving common misconceptions that youth are not engaged in the process of making their community “green” or “sustainable.” As is the case for many successful programs, GreenRoots is nurtured by a host of community partners. Launched by Niagara University’s

community outreach program, ReNU Niagara, GreenRoots involves the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, Sustainable Earth Solutions, Niagara Falls Weed and Seed, and funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. Its aim is to build a sustainable resident leadership base in the city. In a 12-week series of workshops, 22 youth participants learned the skills needed to identify and implement “the change they wish to see in their community,” said project coordinator Leehe Shmueli. The young residents identified two critical environmental issues in Niagara Falls they wished to address: transforming vacant lots and creating green jobs. “If I want to do anything, I CAN achieve it,” said Lanie Ward, a youth participant.

Campuses and Communities are Partnering to: ᔢ Preserve affordable housing (Houghton College) ᔢ Revitalize neighborhood parks (Marymount

Manhattan College; Mount Saint Mary College) College) ᔢ Mentor refugees (St. Francis College) ᔢ Improve community health (Albany Medical College; Helene Fuld College of Nursing) ᔢ Organize art and cultural events (Sarah Lawrence College) ᔢ Support humane societies (Keuka College) ᔢ Link diverse service agencies (Skidmore College) ᔢ Reduce hunger and homelessness (St. Joseph’s College, Pace University) ᔢ Reduce demographic disparities (The College of Saint Rose) ᔢ Register voters (Mercy College) ᔢ Strengthen literacy (Hartwick College) ᔢ Improve nutrition (St. Bonaventure University) ᔢ Reduce local carbon footprint (Daemen College) ᔢ Visit with seniors (Manhattanville College) For more information, visit: ᔢ Assist new businesses (Canisius

Campus Community Partners Visit to: ᔢ Search for community events happening at Independent Sector campuses ᔢ Find resources on community-oriented organizations ᔢ Read stories about how these partnerships are making a difference!

Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing volunteers at Ronald McDonald House.

Siena College students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges host a Day of Service annually that provides the opportunity for students and the greater Geneva, NY community to come together in a collective effort.

Clarkson University students at the end of Potsdam’s Community Clean-up Day.



An Anchor Tenant

Anchoring New York’s Communities and Driving Economic Development A glance at New York’s list of top 10 major employers reveals deep changes in the state’s economic profile. The heyday of manufacturing firms dominating the list is over, and the new top 10 highlights knowledge and service: higher education, medical centers, digital communications, and supermarkets. Top employers today rise from higher education, a segment not traditionally viewed as a private employer, let alone the top in the state. The sector also serves as a talent magnet and an innovation and workforce catalyst. This trio of benefits lifts higher education from an economic mainstay to a driver of the next generation of leaders, as well as the entire state economy. Governor Andrew Cuomo affirmed this during his January 5, 2011, State of the State address when he said, “Higher education will be the key economic driver.” The data tables on this page tell a story about the strong and steady economic impact of colleges and universities, particularly within the Independent Sector.

Economic Impact By the Numbers Private higher education is New York’s most vibrant and growing sector. Significantly, the aggregate annual economic impact of this sector alone is estimated at $54 billion, according to

Independent Higher Education Economic Impact by Region 2007 (in millions)

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a study by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), a nonprofit group for objective policy analysis. This impressive figure includes $46 billion in spending by campuses, $4 billion in spending by academic medical centers, and discretionary spending by students and visitors of $4 billion. Elsewhere in this magazine, you will read about how the sector, as a “workforce and

Top 10 Employers in New York State 1964

“Higher education delivers the concrete economic benefits of all successful industries: higher rates of consumer spending, increased tax revenues, and greater levels of productivity. And this is just the beginning.” Laura L. Anglin, President, Commission on Independent College and Universities

innovation catalyst,” brings federal and private dollars into the state through grants, awards, and research funding. Add the significant spending on construction and renovation of campus facilities occurring at a rapid pace throughout New York (nearly $2 billion) and a clearer picture of the sector’s diverse array of present and future economic strengths forms.


A & P Corp.

Chase Manhattan

Cornell University

Consolidated Edison

Consolidated Edison

Golub Corp.

Eastman Kodak

Eastman Kodak

IBM Corp.

General Electric

First National City Bank

Kaleida Health

General Motors

General Electric

Montefiore Medical Center

Grumman Aerospace

General Motors

New York Presbyterian Hospital

IBM Corp.

Grumman Aerospace

University of Rochester

Metropolitan Life

IBM Corp.


New York Telephone

Manufacturers Hanover



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Source: New York State Department of Labor, 1964-2004, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; New York State Department of Economic Development, 2009 data from a variety of on-line sources.




In context, independent higher education contributes more to the state’s economy than traditional engines of commerce, such as finance, manufacturing, and telecommunications. Recent CGR figures from 2010 show $90 million direct in wages within the private sector of higher education—a figure far outpacing wage spending in manufacturing ($26 million) and in healthcare ($63 million). In nearly all measures of economic impact, from spending on wages to capital construction to technology transfer, the Independent Sector serves both as a stabilizer and a power agent in fueling New York’s economy.

“In many counties around the state, local colleges and universities are among the largest employers. It’s important to recognize that our higher educational institutions aren’t just turning out high-caliber students— they also play a vital community role as employers, cultural establishments, and centers of technological innovation. New York’s competitive advantage in education helps us attract the best and brightest from every corner of the globe.”

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Private colleges and universities employ 360,000 people with a payroll of more than $19 billion. In many Upstate regions, independent campuses act as more than anchors tenants. They are, in fact, prime tenants. In Tompkins County alone, private education accounts for 46 percent of total wages. Other New York counties that rely heaviest on campuses to stabilize their economies are Madison, Rensselaer, and Allegany. In nine counties, stretching from the Bronx in the south to St. Lawrence in the north, private campuses employ five percent or more of all workers. This employment strength is felt nationwide as well. New York accounts for 14 percent of all private higher education jobs in the nation— 40 percent larger than 2nd ranked California. What’s more, the kinds of jobs available through this sector reflect an impressive diversity. Teachers, researchers, administrators, healthcare workers, maintenance crews and cafeteria workers work side by side. Overall, these jobs have been less affected by economic downturns as workers seek to learn new skills and students remain in school to earn advanced degrees, strengthening the demand for higher education services.

From entrepreneurs to family business owners to not-for-profit directors and government leaders, Independent Sector alumni highlight the many, and deeply significant, connections between higher education and economic development. Below are two such leaders who received past Independent Sector Alumni Hall of Distinction honors: Karen St. Hilaire Clarkson University, MS ’98 In her position as Government Administrator for St. Lawrence County, Karen St. Hilaire sees firsthand how universities can drive economic development. She champions the growth of small business and the creation of new start-up enterprises in technology and energy. She sits on several boards, including Clarkson’s University Center for Entrepreneurship, and teaches an entrepreneurial ventures course at the university, her alma mater. Through these experiences, she has seen “knowledge taken from the university halls evolve into new businesses with promising futures.” John (Jack) Baron Syracuse University, MBA ’98

Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller

Counties with Highest Concentration of Private Education Employment and Wages in 2009

percent share of total employment percent share of total wages

Alumni Partners: Driving New Business

5.3% 6.0% ST. LAWRENCE

5.9% MONROE MADISON 8.1% RENSSELAER 6.7% 9.2% 5.3% 7.5% ALLEGANY 32.8% 9.1% 6.6% 6.3% OTSEGO 45.5% 8.9% TOMPKINS DUTCHESS 5.9% 7.3% BRONX 5.9% 6.0%

Working closely with scientists and engineers at the Rochester Institute of Technology, John (Jack) Baron, Chairman and CEO of SweetWater Energy, LLP has brought new patent-pending technology out of the lab and into production. His enterprise reinvents the production of cellulosic ethanol which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent over gasoline and is far cheaper. The new technology is a prime example of how the Independent Sector works hand-in-hand with business leaders to drive economic growth in Upstate New York. In giving back to the community and investing time in future entrepreneurs, Baron serves as the Chairman of the Rochester Angel Network and as a mentor for students who are studying entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester. For more profiles of IS alumni, visit: alumnihall.php

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System; 2009 employment and finance files.



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Getting to College:

Advising a Student about College? Start Here: The best advice you can give a young person for their future is to obtain a college education. As Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke noted, ”If you’re a college graduate, unemployment is five percent. If you’re a high school graduate, it’s 10 percent or more. It’s a very big difference.” cIcu offers a range of resources to assist in the important steps needed to plan for college. To access those found on these pages, visit, call 518-436-4781, email or visit to find:

In Middle School Cultivating the dream starts in middle school. While it might seem a long way off to a 6th grader, the path leading to college begins in these formative years. To this end, the Independent Sector has developed a series of middle school publications and initiatives for young students, their teachers and counselors, and their parents/guardians called Getting to College Starts Now.

ᔢ Campus Profiles ᔢ Academic Programs Search ᔢ Campus Locator Map ᔢ College Fair and Open House Dates ᔢ Financial Aid Guides ᔢ Checklists and Worksheets

Set the Bar High Here you will find tips on how to help middle school students set long-term goals and support their college aspirations, including information on course selection, diploma requirements, and other factors that are important in preparing for college.

Middle School to College Find more tips here to consider during your student’s journey from middle school through high school and insight into what matters to colleges.

Affording College Consider Financial Aid Never exclude colleges solely because of “sticker price.” With financial aid packages consisting of federal and state grants, the institution’s own money and low-interest federal education loans, private colleges can be no more expensive— and sometimes less so—than other choices. Make sure students consult the Web site and complete the FAFSA4caster to get an idea of the resources and awards available.

According to the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, nearly 9 in 10 of all dependent, full-time, full-year private college undergraduates received some form of financial aid in 2007-08. This guide provides a handy overview of the financial aid process and descriptions of major aid programs.

Senior Year Fall Students should shorten their college list to 5-8 choices. Continue visiting colleges to “feel the fit” and help make the final choice. Now is also the time to check deadlines for scholarships and financial aid programs and to begin college admissions applications.

New York State Assistance New York State has literally hundreds of colleges to choose from and programs to support a college education. In fact, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides up to $5,000 a year for eligible students from New York State who plan to attend a college or university in the state.



Evaluating College Fit Suggest campus visits, tours, open houses and speaking with current students or alumni to begin building a list of potential colleges and universities.

Winter Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. Students should continue completing admission, scholarship, and financial aid applications as deadlines vary – every college is different! Encourage your student to keep organized files of their college-related materials!

Smart Steps

Engaging Latino Students

Paying for College It’s never too early to start thinking about saving for college. Here, find tips for planning ahead and resources to help prepare financially for college costs.

Outreach and Enrichment Programs From summer music and engineering camps to pre-college study, consider the variety of enrichment programs available to middle and high school students at New York's 100+ private, independent colleges and universities.

In High School

Your College Search Start with this comprehensive guide to finding and paying for college at It features campus profiles, academic programs, a campus locator map, calendar, and helpful websites. With this valuable resource, students will learn about 100+ colleges and universities in New York State.

Campus Locator Map Colleges are as individual as people. New York boasts 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities that award nearly 2 in every 3 degrees (64%) in the state. Consult the campus locator map and detailed campus profiles at to help your student find the right fit.

College Quick Tips Spring Most colleges with traditional deadlines let students know whether they are accepted beginning in March. Students need to reply to the colleges, accepting or declining the offers of admission and financial aid, by the stated deadline.

As your student prepares to leave for college this guide will come in handy. Available at, its tips and resources can help navigate their years as a college student, especially that critical first year.

The future of the American economy lies in its youngest and fastest-growing minority group. The Latino and Hispanic population now makes up half the increase in the American workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many private, not-for profit colleges and universities are leading the way in closing the educational attainment gap for Hispanic and Latino students by expanding access to advanced study and careers and sharing best practices. In New York State, the majority of the Hispanic students who earn their bachelor's and graduate degrees earn them at independent colleges and universities (56%). The Independent Sector is reaching out to Latino and Hispanic students with resources, events, and publications including several translated into Spanish. Also, there are four Independent Sector campuses federallydesignated as Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSI) in New York – colleges with at least 25% enrollment of Hispanic students. They are: Boricua College, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Mercy College, and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. For the past three years, the Independent Sector’s Latino College Fair has attracted more than 800 prospective college students, their families, teachers, and counselors to learn more about college admissions and financial aid opportunities. In November 2010, Fordham University and cIcu co-hosted the day-long fair where attendees learned about planning and paying for college, asked questions of admissions and financial aid experts, and browsed more than 60 campus information tables. This initiative has been funded chiefly by a federal College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) awarded to cIcu by the Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC). For more information on future events, please email



A Workforce & Innovation Catalyst

Launching Today’s Workforce and Tomorrow’s Ideas

Private, not-for-profit colleges and universities award 54 percent of the bachelor’s, 73 percent of the master’s, and 79 percent of the doctoral and first-professional degrees earned in New York State.

New York, in particular, provides the advantages that draw in new talent and new energy. Our state ranks second in the nation in R&D expenditures for colleges and universities ($4 billion), according to the National Science Foundation. It ranks third for grant dollars ($1.9 billion) from the National Institutes of Health. World-class research makes New York a driving force for the new knowledge economy. What’s more, this R&D activity generates a host of payments from licenses, patents, technology transfer, consultations, and royalties. Hundreds of businesses are founded each year on technologies licensed from Independent Sector member campuses. The top three institutions of higher education in spending on science and engineering research, Cornell University, Columbia University, and University of Rochester, are also among the top centers for technology commercialization. In a recent report, Cornell University’s Center for Technology, Enterprise and

Commercialization (CCTEC) launched 12 new businesses in 2010—11 of them located in New York State—founded on technologies licensed by Cornell University. Both Columbia University and University of Rochester also boast robust licensing to support new companies. In fact, according to a recent Technology Commericalization Annual Report, the University of Rochester launched five start-ups within the last year, and Columbia Technology Ventures highlights 33 portfolio companies on their website as a testment to their commitment to connecting technology and business. Additionally, universities and colleges culture an entrepreneurial spirit all their own— with deep connections to the business community. They form industry advisory groups and establish business partnerships (see Q&A and knowledgeNY on page 9), grow incubators, and provide

executive and leadership training and entrepreneurial assistance. Of course, the most significant way that the Independent Sector acts as workforce catalyst is to educate students to be future business leaders and innovators. Indeed, this sector is responsible for a large percentage of the graduate and professional education in New York State, with two-thirds of these students educated by the Independent Sector. In fact, private, not-for-profit colleges and universities award 54 percent of the bachelor’s, 73 percent of the master’s, and 79 percent of the doctoral and first-professional degrees earned in New York State. They produce world-class engineers, scientists, health professionals, business people, and creative leaders who move our state forward in a broad spectrum of achievements— from the development of ground-breaking ideas to profitable businesses.

Mark McCarty

With the meteoric rise in the technological needs of today’s economy, universities and colleges serve a more important role than ever. They produce assets measured in scientific discoveries, technology transfer, health advances, workforce development, entrepreneurial assistance, and artistic achievements that further the way we think. Higher education is both an innovation and workforce catalyst in a world whose future depends on just these capabilities. Colleges and universities are forward-thinking and enterprising at the moment when we face our greatest need for creative enterprise.

Rensselaer graduates Eben Bayer '07 and Gavin McIntyre '07 founded their company, Ecovative Design, as students. The successful company creates environmentally-friendly organic insulation and compostable packaging materials.



Insight into Industry: Q&A About Industry Advisory Boards Colleges and universities value industry advisory groups for their insight into the fast-shifting needs of specific business sectors. These groups help ensure that academic programs remain relevant by assisting with curriculum, providing internship and networking opportunities, and identifying key areas for focus and financial support. At the March 22, 2011, hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce “Reviving our Economy: The Role of Higher Education in Job Growth and Development,” Utica

College Provost Dr. Judith Kirkpatrick provided testimony on academic and business partnerships, including industry advisory boards. Q: Many colleges and universities support industry advisory boards. How does Utica College benefit from this engagement? A: Colleges and universities benefit from industrysupported advisory groups by engaging business and community stakeholders to ensure that signature programs remain not only relevant, but also innovative and forward-looking. Q: What types of programs do advisory boards serve?

Utica College Economic Crime Institute Board of Advisors members Ray Philo and Ken Jones (with microphone) address students about preparing themselves for the job market.

A: Utica College keeps advisory boards for our programs in Economic Crime, Construction Management, Public Relations, and Risk Management and Insurance. These boards support the corresponding programs in a number of ways, including providing internship and networking opportunities for students, financial support, and insight and foresight on industry needs.

Q: What role do advisory board members play? A: Advisory group members keep faculty up to date on industry trends and help them develop a curriculum that better prepares students for the profession. Members often collaborate directly or indirectly with faculty in research. Q: What type of engagement do advisory boards have with students? A: Students benefit from the relationship with advisory boards through mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as internships and, at times, scholarship support. Q: What are examples of successful partnerships based on advisory board engagement at Utica? A: Each of our advisory boards has a unique function depending on its relationship with the program it supports. One specific example is our Economic Crime Institution Board of Advisors that have supported a successful national conference, now in its 22nd year. Similarly, our Construction Management Advisory Group, along with our faculty, recently hosted a regional conference on fraud in the construction industry.

Dynamic Web Tool to Link Business & Higher Education

Jeff Schifman

Construction of a comprehensive web portal site is underway to harness the abundant resources and expertise of New York’s higher education resources to help fuel high-technology business. Knowledge NY aims to improve connections between business and academia with the common goal of growing the state’s economy and creating jobs. A pilot program involving private, not-for-profit campuses and SUNY administration is underway with funding provided by New York State. For more information on this project, contact cIcu at 518-436-4781 or email

160 Varick Street is a Manhattan incubator that NYU-Poly launched in partnership with New York City and Trinity Real Estate.



A Talent Magnet

Choosing the Empire State


Strengthening the Link between College and Career Currently, the highly-prized young professionals emerging from New York’s abundant reservoir of colleges and universities are more apt to move away from the region. To turn this “brain drain” into “brain gain,” communities across the state are rising to the talent retention challenge through a number of avenues. Chief among them are initiatives to stimulate the pool of internship opportunities for students—already established as a vital part of the higher education continuum. Cooperative education (co-ops), internships, and field placements promise benefits for all parties—students, employers, and colleges and universities. They also showcase New York as an attractive place in which to work and live. While such partnerships have a long history, there is a call to enhance them—through policy, training, recognition, resources, and support. In general, co-ops, internships, and field placements integrate academic work with industry, government, and non-profit professional experience. They are credit-worthy, often paid, assignments for undergraduate and graduate students who typically appreciate a chance to blend theory and real world experience. Colleges and universities

Dan Hamerman

Drawn by an impressive array of renowned academic programs, campus environments, social diversity, and financial aid awards, young people from around the nation and world choose to come to New York State for their higher education. In all, students from other states contribute $4.5 billion to the New York economy, according to research by Postsecondary Education Opportunity. What’s more, the state leads the nation in attracting first-time freshman from other states—an advantage that holds promise for initiatives aimed at encouraging these newcomers to remain following graduation. In the Independent Sector of higher education alone, talented students are more likely to stay in New York and complete their degrees than their counterparts elsewhere. They are also more likely to graduate. The five-year graduation rate for the Independent Sector is 65%, compared to 61% nationally for peers and just under 60% for all New York State colleges and universities. In an effort to attract international students to New York campuses, a consortium called Study New York was launched in 2009 and already boasts more than 65 member schools. Study New York works to promote the state as a study destination, leveraging all the assets of its private and public higher education member institutions, along with the assistance of representatives from the State Department of Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Today, Study New York is the largest such consortium in the nation and has recently added a website: Among other promising initiatives underway to encourage young talent to stay and build their lives in New York is We Live New York (WLNY). Organized as a coalition of emerging leaders with diverse backgrounds, WLNY members are dedicated to improving quality of life in New York and promoting the state as an attractive place to live, work, and learn. The coalition recently organized a summit, bringing 550 young leaders from across New York State to Cornell University for three days in March to connect, share ideas, and take action to create a successful, sustainable future.

share this appreciation, and value the feedback loop created through field placements that ultimately enhance curriculum in a changing workplace. Employers gain a more diverse set of benefits from effective co-op and internship programs. By bringing talented students into their organizations while they are completing their degrees, employers can assess goodness-of-fit for future student employment, as well as develop a pool of individuals with industry-specific skills and knowledge. Most significantly, students with positive co-op experiences are likely to return to that employer. In fact, nearly 70 percent of employers end up offering full-time positions to students who intern

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Source: from National Center for Education Statistics, 2008 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS). Note: Students graduated from high school in past twelve months and are enrolled full and part time in degree-granting institutions.

with them, according to the National Association of Colleges & Employees. Plus, these same students become campus ambassadors for employers, returning to campus to encourage other students to pursue co-op placements. With all these benefits, the thrust to strengthen and expand the link between college and career is now gaining momentum. Regional efforts, such as Project ION (Internship Opportunities Now) in Central New York, lists about 450 paid internship opportunities at 200 participating companies for 2,500 registered student users. The Capital Region portal allows students to search for internships by area of interest, and the Long Island Works Coalition forges collaborative working relationships between employers and the education community.

Regional and Statewide Resources Young professionals and employers alike can use the following websites to find and promote jobs and internships: Buffalo: Capital Region: Central New York: Essential NY Jobs: Long Island: We Live NY:

Job-Ready and Work-Savvy: Meet Allison Burke Alma Mater: Marist College, BA ‘11 Major: Business Administration and Marketing and Sports Communication With a passion for sports and strong writing skills, Allison Burke wasted not a moment in seeking pathways to exercise her interests and talents. “I sought internships continuously throughout my four years of college because I wanted to expand my knowledge and experiences beyond the classroom,” said the Marist College graduate. Her work landed her internships at Turner Sports’ Atlanta Spirit LLC, which owns the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers, and the Philips Arena. In New York, she interned as a sports columnist for the Hudson Valley News and sideline reporter for Time Warner Cable. In the summer before her senior year, Burke found internships with two media planning and buying agencies in New York City. It is this work that lead to her nomination for the New York State Cooperative and Experiential Education Association (NYSCEEA) Student of the Year award. NYSCEEA, which connects employers and colleges throughout the state to promote cooperative education, recognized Burke for her outstanding achievement in, and contribution to, experiential education. “It is the best experience to supplement education and see if the career path you are interested in pursuing is a right fit for you,”

noted Burke, who also valued meeting role models and mentors in the sports industry. Asked what she might say to others seeking a cooperative education experience, Burke offered two keys to success: “Ask lots of questions” and “Volunteer to work on projects.” She elaborates on both: Allison Burke’s Tips for a Successful Internship Tip #1: Ask lots of questions. “It’s amazing the wealth of knowledge people will share once you start getting them talking by asking a simple question. There is nothing to be afraid of because since you are the intern, people expect that you do not know certain things, so it is better to ask and learn than not to ask and be left wondering.” Tip#2: Volunteer to work on projects. “Many times, executives and supervisors are very busy with their responsibilities. If they neglect the intern, it is not necessarily because they do not want to give you work or do not have a project for you to perform. It is because they do not think to use your skills as often because you are new and only in the office for a short period. During an internship, you need to remind your supervisor and colleagues that you can help them by simply asking, ‘Need help with anything?’ or ‘I overhead you talking about this project. It sounds really interesting to me, and I would like to learn more and get involved if that is possible.’ Participating on projects will help expand your knowledge and improve your skills for the industry.”

In Service to Veterans In addition to the new Federal Post-9/11 GI Bill, many of New York’s 100+

private, not-for-profit colleges and universities offer tuition assistance and additional services to support veterans and their family members who want to go to college. The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs offers benefits counseling and a variety of other programs and services to help veterans go to college. We invite you to learn more: Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities



News from the Independent Sector Capital Region

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences graduated its largest class ever in May with 270 students. It was also the first class to include bachelor’s, pharmacy, and master’s graduates. Five times a semester, 200 students at The College of Saint Rose relinquish part of their Friday nights to volunteer for “Friday Knights,” a two-hour social skills and recreation program for 200 children with autism spectrum disorders.

Central New York The Sage Colleges are adding two accelerated and dual-degree options: the 3 + 1 bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and master’s degree in Special Education; and the 4 + 1 bachelor’s in Physical Education and master's in School Health Education. With both options, students can earn two degrees—and two teaching certifications—in just four or five years. Siena College celebrated the $1 million endowment of the Bonner Service Leaders Program in early May. The program provides financial support and develops leadership and professional skills for students who work at non-profit agencies. Skidmore College is one of 115 U.S. colleges and universities nationwide to be selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for the foundation’s 2010 Community Engagement Classification. Union College’s new Peter Irving Wold Center is a symbol of the college’s role in defining the intersections between engineering and traditional liberal arts. The 35,000-square-foot center features state-of-the-art laboratories, electronic classrooms, an advanced computing lab, study spaces, and faculty offices.

For the past five years the Memorial School of Nursing and the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing have partnered in a voluntary statewide Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse articulation agreement.


Elmira College students teamed up with Chemung County Humane Society and other non-profit organizations to create market plans for the agencies’ long-term business goals. Hamilton College’s National Media Pundit Survey puts Paul Krugman on top and Cal Thomas on bottom. A second poll on ethnicity shows youth support for Obama, immigrants, and minorities.

Excelsior College is administering a $300,000 Lumina grant designed to address regulatory barriers faced by online postsecondary institutions offering instruction across state borders.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers discovered a new method for boosting the light output of green LEDs — a critical step toward the development of LED televisions and displays.

Twelve new businesses—11 of them located in New York State—were founded on licensed Cornell University technologies in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010. They were launched with assistance from CCTEC (Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise and Commercialization).

Ithaca College goes for the green and scores platinum as the Peggy Ryan Williams Center joins the adjacent Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise in achieving the highest LEED standard.

Union Graduate College launches an initiative to support laid-off teachers by allowing them to take a graduate-level course free of charge. Isn’t it about time someone gave teachers a little credit?

Greater Rochester In the summer of 2010, Le Moyne College transformed a rundown property into a vibrant plaza housing the campus bookstore, café, and pizzeria, establishing a welcoming community space for students and neighbors alike.

Rochester Institute of Technology broke ground on its state-of-the-art Golisano Institute for Sustainability on April 15. The“green”building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach, and as a showcase for green construction and design. Students of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Architecture Society completely renovated an unused property in downtown Geneva, NY in just a few weeks, then produced an art and fashion show on location.

High employee satisfaction led New York Chiropractic College to be recognized once again by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For” and be named to its “2010 Honor Roll.”

Keuka College received grants from the Booth Ferris Foundation and George I. Alden Trust to develop labs in community living skills, pediatric play, and clinical skills for its occupational therapy program.

280 Syracuse University students enrolled in a host of design majors (advertising, fashion, industrial & interaction, and interior) worked together in a ”charette”–a short but intense design project facilitated by COLAB, the College of Visual and Performing Arts' interdisciplinary initiative.

St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing’s graduating class donated more than $2,500 to Building Futures Inc. to purchase seating for a new clinic built by the organization in Kenya.

Nazareth College is proud to announce that five students have been named Fulbright recipients—a record-breaking numberin a single yearfor the college.

Roberts Wesleyan College has expanded its online program offerings. Adult undergraduates can choose the R.N.-to-B.S. program, and graduate students, the master’s degrees in Health Information Administration or Strategic Leadership.

J. Adam Fenster

University of Rochester’s $60 million Saunders Research Building is one of the nation’s first facilities dedicated to turning scientific discoveries rapidly into new ways to treat, prevent, and cure diseases.

Under the guidance of Professor Lawrence Aaronson, Utica College biology students have discovered a new species of bacteria containing anti-fungal properties that could have significant impact in the world of medicine.



News from the Independent Sector Hudson Valley Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing and Mercy College are now accepting applicants for a joint admissions option. Qualified students begin a four-year track to their B.S.N., spending the 1st and 4th years at Mercy College and the 2nd and 3rd at Hopfer.

Concordia College announces:“South Indian Neo-Realism: Tradition and Naturalism Revisited.” The inaugural International Artist Residency and Exhibition aims to foster cultural exchange and understanding, providing exposure for artists from distant lands through community engagement.

“Changing Suburbs” is the signature theme for a community outreach and program development institute at Manhattanville College which investigates ways to best educate diverse student groups, with a special emphasis on Hispanic populations.

Beginning this fall, Sarah Lawrence College will implement a new program intended to increase the number of eligible students registered to vote.

Marist College recently dedicated its new Hancock Center, designed by renowned architect Robert Stern. It is home to the college’s School of Computer Science and Mathematics and technology initiatives, and will serve as an economic development center for the Hudson River Valley.

The Culinary Institute of America now offers an associate degree at its San Antonio campus based on the same proven curriculum taught at its main campus in Hyde Park, NY.

Mercy College has been awarded a consortium grant from Next Generation Learning Challenges, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates and William & Flora Hewlett Foundations, focusing on technology-enabled approaches to improving college completion. Mount Saint Mary College offers four centers of excellence in applied learning: Aging and Policy, Adolescent Research and Development, the Catholic and Dominican Institute, and the Meyer Business Research Center.


Athletes from St. Thomas Aquinas College participated in United Way’s Day of Caring this spring. With the largest volunteer turnout among local colleges, STAC received a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Pfizer.

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Adelphi University is the only university from New York to send a student delegation to the inaugural U.S. Summit & Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy in Washington, D.C.

Ron Oman

Freshman Luisa Maria Garcia at The College of New Rochelle is a winner of one of the prestigious 2011 scholarships awarded by the New York Women in Communications Foundation.

Nyack College undergraduates can spend a semester at its D.C. campus earning academic credit, interning at a business, non-profit, or government office, and exploring civic responsibility, government, and scholarship.

Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business launched the first Online M.B.A. Program in the New York metro area with a focus on Strategic Business Management.

Tapping into the power of cloud computing, Long Island University will offer the iPad2 at no cost to all freshmen and transfer students this fall.

Columbia-Harlem SBDC, a Columbia University partnership, delivers high-quality business counseling and training to New Yorkers who want to start a business or improve an existing one. Its services are free of charge.

This September, Molloy College in Rockville Centre, Long Island will open its first residence hall. This new facility can house 156 students. Additionally, Molloy will open the Public Square, a student center that will also house a 550-seat performing arts theatre. New York Institute of Technology and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum have partnered to support environmental awareness and interdisciplinary efforts. In fall 2010, students designed a sustainable airplane hangar that is now being built for the aircraft carrier.

The New School announced the University Center, the largest construction project in its history. The 16-story building will accommodate The New School’s recent growth with 365,000 square feet of space, including classrooms, an auditorium, a library, and a 600-bed student residence. The Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union is partnering with Iridescent to bring Science-Technology-Engineering-Math (STEM) Programs to children and their parents in underserved schools.

New York City Fordham University celebrated the official groundbreaking of its new law school and undergraduate residence hall in Manhattan on May 2.

College of Mount Saint Vincent’s new Center for Undergraduate Research enables students to share the research they have started in class at national and regional professional conferences.

In the fall of 2012, Marymount Manhattan College will open a 7,700-square-foot academic office building for faculty, allowing space on the main campus to be repurposed. Formerly a townhouse, the new building is located a few buildings east of the college’s main entrance.

New York University’s America Reads/America Counts, the largest university-based tutoring program in the nation, will complete its 14th year this May with more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students working as tutors in nearly 90 elementary and middle schools.

Manhattan College chemical engineering students developed a water filtration system and demonstrated the effectiveness of the Sustainable Aqua Filtration Equipment (SAFE) project to Catholic Relief Services in East Africa.



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Academy-Award Winning Actress Melissa Leo offered personal words of encouragement to the 31 MFA candidates (actors, playwrights, and directors) of The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University after attending the final performance of their 2011 Repertory Season.

St. Francis College added a graduate certificate in Project Management and a five-year combined bachelor’s - master’s degree in Applied Psychology to its two existing Accounting master’s programs.

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Through Clarkson University’sYoung Entrepreneur Award, students attend Clarkson through a combination of merit-based financial aid and acquisition by Clarkson of an ownership interest in student businesses in lieu of tuition. Adirondack Park Agency (APA) and Paul Smith’s College have formalized the transfer of the Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) facility from the APA to the college. Paul Smith’s will work with outside groups as part of its commitment to continuing the tradition of public access to the VIC complex. Nature trails adjacent to St. Lawrence University’s campus will be rehabilitated by volunteers through a grant program initiated by its President William Fox to spark innovations to improve campus and community life.

Niagara University is now the only four-year, private college in New York to host an approved full-time police academy. The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) provides extensive training opportunities for active police officers, sworn recruits, and pre-employment civilians.

St. Bonaventure University Professor Jim Mahar was named an Outstanding Citizen of Western New York by The Buffalo News. The founder of BonaResponds, Mahar has been leading regional and national disaster relief trips since Hurricane Katrina.

Western New York

St. Joseph’s College has begun work on new athletic complexes on both the Long Island and Brooklyn campuses. These facilities will be completed in Fall 2011 and February 2013, respectively. Wagner College finance professor Cathyann Tully and Wagner Student Investment Group members visited P.S. 20 in Port Richmond to teach fifth graders about financial planning and setting goals for their lives. In the 2010-2011 academic year, 150 Yeshiva University students participated in service learning missions in Israel, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ukraine, and the United States.

Canisius College President John J. Hurley announced that development of Science Hall, the college’s state-of-the-art interdisciplinary science center, began in late May. Daemen College received Gold LEED Certification for the Daemen Research & Information Commons, recognizing the state-of-the-art environmental design of the new building. For the first time in its history, Hilbert College will offer graduate degree programs starting this fall: a master’s in Criminal Justice Administration and in Public Administration. Medaille College in Buffalo opened its Student Success Center in support of retention efforts. The center will house academic services, technology centers, and classroom space for undergraduate students.


Trocaire College now offers a unique online 2 + 2 bachelor’s of science in Nursing, providing registered nurses an opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree in just four 15-week modules. Villa Maria College celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and introduced a new integrated arts program and upgraded campus facilities, as well as made strides toward future expansion of its Buffalo campus.

cIcu Matter of Fact: Likelihood of Volunteering Students attending independent colleges and universities are more likely to volunteer than their peers generally. They are also more likely to volunteer now than a decade ago. ᔢ

Two in three students (64%) attending a four-year independent (private, not-for-profit) college or university volunteered in their communities in 2008, up 12 percentage points from 1999. Students at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York State are most likely to volunteer in the areas of K-12 educational programming (87.8%), environmental sustainability (82%), hunger (82%), healthcare (82%) or tutoring and mentoring (78%), according to New York Campus Compact.

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Likelihood of Volunteering, Young People Attending Four-Year Independent Colleges and Universities Compared to Their Peers 80% 64% 60%








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16-24 year old citizens attending four-year independent colleges or universities

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, NPSAS: 1999 and NPSAS: 2008. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Volunteering in the United States, 2008, and Current Population Survey, September 2002 and November 2008. Percentages represent U.S. citizens only. Analysis by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. C-37 3.2.11

IS Quick Facts ᔢ

New York's private colleges and universities awarded more than six in every 10 (63%) bachelor's and graduate degrees, according to the latest available data (2008-09).

New York's private, not-for-profit colleges and universities confer 73% of engineering degrees, 50% in computer and information sciences; 55% in biological and biomedical sciences; 62% in the health professions; and 47% in education.

Campuses have a stabilizing effect on their local economies. In nine of the state's counties, private education represents five percent or more of total employment.

Half of Independent Sector undergraduates who receive TAP support (49%) come from families with incomes less than $40,000; nearly three-quarters (71%) have family incomes below $60,000.

In FY 2009-10, more than 100,000 students attending an independent (private, not-for-profit) college or university received approximately $414 million in Pell Grant funds, with an average award of $4,035 per student, and nearly 46,000 students received an additional $33 million in SEOG funds, or an additional $718 on average.

Find more quick facts on private, not-for-profit colleges and universities from "Matter of Fact"—a series devoted to interesting observations and data related to higher education in New York State. Sign up using the scan tag or visit: to learn more.

Sources: New York State Education Department; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Higher Education Services Corporation; and National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.



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New York’s 100+ Private Colleges and Universities Adelphi University Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Albany Law School Albany Medical College Alfred University American Academy McAllister Institute Bank Street College of Education Bard College Barnard College Boricua College Bramson ORT College Canisius College Cazenovia College Clarkson University Cochran School of Nursing Colgate University College of Mount Saint Vincent The College of New Rochelle The College of Saint Rose Columbia University Concordia College The Cooper Union Cornell University Crouse Hospital School of Nursing The Culinary Institute of America Daemen College Dominican College Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing Dowling College

D’Youville College Elmira College Excelsior College Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing Fordham University Hamilton College Hartwick College Helene Fuld College of Nursing Hilbert College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hofstra University Houghton College Institute of Design and Construction Iona College Ithaca College Jewish Theological Seminary Keuka College The King’s College Le Moyne College Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing Long Island University Manhattan College Manhattan School of Music Manhattanville College Maria College Marist College Marymount Manhattan College Medaille College Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

Mercy College Metropolitan College of New York Molloy College Mount Saint Mary College Nazareth College The New School New York Chiropractic College New York College of Podiatric Medicine New York Institute of Technology New York Medical College New York School of Interior Design New York University Niagara University Nyack College Pace University Paul Smith’s College Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Polytechnic Institute of NYU Pratt Institute Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester Institute of Technology The Rockefeller University St. Bonaventure University St. Elizabeth College of Nursing St. Francis College St. John Fisher College St. John’s University

St. Joseph’s College St. Joseph’s College of Nursing at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center St. Lawrence University St. Thomas Aquinas College The Sage Colleges Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing Sarah Lawrence College Siena College Skidmore College Syracuse University Teachers College, Columbia University Touro College Trocaire College Union College Union Graduate College University of Rochester Utica College Vassar College Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Villa Maria College of Buffalo Wagner College Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Webb Institute Wells College Yeshiva University