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As More Growth, Master’s Degrees Highlight 10-Year Plan

President Keen Sets Goals In Enrollment, Research And Other Key Areas

‘Farmingdale Forward: 10 Goals for 10 Years’—an ambitious agenda for Farmingdale State College’s future—includes increasing enrollment by about 1,000 students, the expansion of academic programs to include the institution’s first Master’s degrees, the hiring of 70 new faculty, and the next phase of a campus-wide renovation and modernization. The details of the plan were announced today by President W. Hubert Keen to an audience of legislators, business leaders, campus officials, faculty, and students following a ceremony celebrating the College’s 100th Anniversary.

“Farmingdale is poised to enter a new phase of growth and development, an extension of the success we have enjoyed in recent years,” Dr. Keen said. “We call this vision ‘Farmingdale Forward,’ because it represents the steps we must take to ensure an enduring excellence. Our ‘10 Goals for 10 Years’ will transform Farmingdale again. By 2022, the college will be very different, with growth and improvement apparent in every important measure.”

“It has never been my nature, or Farmingdale’s nature, to be complacent or satisfied with all we have achieved. And we have achieved plenty. But now is the time to shape the college for the future, because, with our knowledge and vitality, Farmingdale will help shape Long Island’s future. “

In an address that was punctuated with the theme ‘Quality Counts,’ Dr. Keen said that Farmingdale would:

  • Increase enrollment by nearly 1,000 to 8,400.
  • Offer Master’s degrees—the first of which, Engineering Technology Management, will be offered in 2013; among others to be proposed are Criminal Justice and Security Systems, Construction Management, Biotechnology, and specialized areas of Information Technology.
  • Hire 70 new faculty, at the rate of seven per year and raise the level of scholarly research.
  • Open a new Campus Center this coming December, break ground on a new building for the School of Business later this year, and build two additional academic buildings by 2015, as part of an on-going $185 million renovation and modernization project.
  • Make the College a model of green technology and hire a campus coordinator for its pioneering efforts in sustainability.

Other elements of ‘Farmingdale Forward’ also include building admissions selectivity, doubling fund-raising, developing a state-of-the-art technological infrastructure, doubling the resident student population, and expanding links with business and industry.

“Farmingdale State College is one of SUNY’s greatest success stories, and we are so proud to celebrate with them on their 100th anniversary,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The college has progressed parallel with its community and has emerged as a beacon of innovation for all of Long Island. We can only hope their great achievements continue for 100 more years to come.”

“Farmingdale State College has demonstrated tremendous growth and progress and seen an 80 percent increase in full-time enrollment in the past decade,” said Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, Chair of the State Senate Committee on Higher Education. “More importantly, they have equipped students with the skills to make them desirable employees, especially in the areas of technology, which is critical to the economic development and well-being of Long Island. Now, as Farmingdale celebrates its 100th Anniversary, it is time to create a vision for the College’s next 10 years.”

“Farmingdale State College has grown tremendously over the last few years,” said Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. “It’s become one of Long Island’s premier higher education institutions and a vital contributor to our economy. I’m pleased to have worked with the College in supporting that growth. There’s a lot to be proud of, but it’s also important to keep moving forward so that the College can continue to develop. Building on these successes will create additional opportunities for Long Islanders and help Farmingdale State continue to thrive in the years to come.”

“Farmingdale State’s 100th year marks yet another milestone in the growth and progress of a fine institution,” said Assemblyman Bob Sweeney. “And Farmingdale continues to grow and change, from its early days in agriculture to biotech in the 21st century. Long Islanders benefit from this in many ways, both educational and economic. Under the leadership of President Keen, I know that Farmingdale State College has its best days yet ahead of it.”

“For 100 years, Farmingdale State College has played an integral role on Long Island through its commitment to students and dedication to our region,” Congressman Steve Israel said. “I am honored to have such a distinguished institution in my district that cultivates tomorrow’s leaders, problem solvers and many returning veterans.   I am excited to see what successes will come in the next 100 years.

“Farmingdale State College is one of Long Island’s best assets,” said Kevin Law, President and CEO of the Long Island Association. “I applaud President Keen for leading the college through a remarkable period of growth and innovation that has prepared our students for their futures and boosted the regional economy. Farmingdale’s new 10 year plan reinforces its importance to Long Island and lays the foundation for increased enrollment, additional faculty, and new programs.”

In referencing the College’s evolution from an agricultural institute when it was established on April 15, 1912 to a four-year (baccalaureate) college, Dr. Keen said Farmingdale’s meteoric progress would not have taken place without the support of local legislators, such as Senator LaValle, Senator Fuschillo, and Assemblyman Sweeney, who delivered the state funding for the campus construction projects. He also thanked the state’s federal delegation—Congressman Steve Israel and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand—for their efforts in supporting federal research grants obtained by the College.

In addition, he praised Chancellor Zimpher and SUNY Trustee Cary Staller for their support of the College’s efforts and commended the College’s faculty and staff, adding: “A campus can only thrive with the dedication of the people who educate, conduct pioneering research, and bear the responsibility of keeping the institution in excellent financial and administrative health.”

Farmingdale’s full-time enrollment has skyrocketed 80 per cent since 2000 and its total enrollment has increased 49 percent in that time. The College ranks among the top 150 public colleges in the nation in terms of the earning power of its graduates, according to an analysis by the web site payscale.com. Among those academic programs showing the most dramatic growth are Bioscience -which has increased enrollment from 30 to more than 300 in nine years - and Applied Psychology – which has increased from 7 to 100 in four years.

The College is also a leader in ‘going green.’ It created the first accredited Solar Energy Center in the Northeast, has established a Green Building Institute which conceives and designs energy-efficient buildings, and is a partner with LIPA in a $12 million Smart Grid project along the Route 110 corridor.

Other ceremonies today included the rededication of the fabled Memorial Oak on campus (first planted in 1921) and the unearthing of a time capsule buried in 1987. The celebrations took place three days before the actual 100th anniversary of the College’s creation, by the enacting of the Harte-Thompson Bill, which established the New York State School of Agriculture on Long Island. The school opened its doors on March 1, 1916 with an enrollment of 60 students and now enrolls over 7,600.

Farmingdale is SUNY’s largest College of Technology, composed of the Schools of Health Sciences, Business, Engineering Technology, and Arts and Sciences, as well as an Institute for Research and Technology Transfer, a Solar Energy Center, a Green Building Institute, a Small Business Development Center, and an Educational Opportunity Center.

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