Schools share services to increase efficiency and save money

CCC President John Jablonski (left) and Plattsburgh State President John Ettling signing the new agreement.

CCC President John Jablonski (left) and Plattsburgh State President John Ettling signing the new agreement.

PLATTSBURGH – The State University of New York, like everyone else, has faced increasing costs and decreasing revenues over the past few years.

As individual institutions within the system were increasingly tasked with doing more with less, SUNY administration sought shared services as one of the remedies for its significant fiscal difficulties.

Recently, Plattsburgh State and Clinton Community College signed an agreement to share services. Officials from both institutions said it will provide significant cost savings to both campuses.

“This is really a win-win for all involved,” said CCC President John Jablonski. “Our students and our community can only benefit from our collaboration.”

Besides financial benefits, the new agreement between Plattsburgh State and CCC will also reportedly lead to improvements in academic and student support services.

“We are fortunate to have faculty, staff and administration who are so willing to work together at both institutions,” Plattsburgh State President Dr. John Ettling said. “Not only does it make collaboration easier, it also makes it a pleasure.”

Suggested shared service opportunities between Plattsburgh State and CCC are not limited to, but include:

-Formation of a shared food service program for students.

-Creation of a shared bookstore service for students.

-Establishment of joint academic programs, in areas of mutual interest.

-Development of a conditional acceptance program for domestic and international students that benefits both campuses.

-Establishment of short- and long-term goals for shared services.

-Establishment of joint conferences and seminars.

-Development of close cooperation in the area of curricular development.

“SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College have maintained a symbiotic relationship throughout the years. We feel that this agreement can only strengthen that relationship and reap benefits for both our students and the taxpayers,” Ettling said.

Jablonski agreed, saying the region was fortunate to have two SUNY campuses.

“Our missions are distinct and complementary, but we still have opportunities to work together to improve our level of service and increase our operating efficiency,” Jablonski said.

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