A Message From Acting President Dr. Tod A. Laursen
I am pleased to present SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s 2021-2022 Academic Year Annual Report, in which we showcase select educational, research, and economic engagement efforts that continue to foster this institution’s reputation as a leading catalyst for immersive learning.
As SUNY Poly adapts to the impacts of the pandemic, we have met or exceeded all state guidelines. But even with such challenges, we boast a robust academic and research ecosystem that remains vibrant:
- SUNY Poly sustains its high rankings. U.S. News & World Report ranked SUNY Poly #2 for “Top Public Schools,” in the Top 20 for “Social Mobility,” among the Top 50 for “Best Value Colleges,” and #4 for “Best Colleges for Veterans,” all in the 2022 “Regional Universities North” category.
- SUNY Poly maintains its strong enrollment. In the 2021-2022 academic year, we were proud to welcome more than 2,850 students—continuing strong sustained enrollment year-over-year, even at a time when many institutions still face headwinds as a result of the pandemic’s impact and a slowing economy. Our targeted educational approach provides access to academic-to-career pipelines in high-demand areas, and our partners range from nearby community colleges to industry collaborators, inspiring students at all levels via exciting career paths, whether they study liberal arts, nanotechnology, nursing, or interactive media and game design.
- SUNY Poly continues to be a hub for enabling game-changing research and innovation. Our faculty researchers have secured millions in external funding to advance fundamental knowledge in areas such as nanobioscience, semiconductors, engineering, and community health. We are also excited about our partnerships, such as with Wolfspeed, supporting a STEM scholarship program and two endowed faculty chair positions, in addition to hands-on research opportunities at TEL Technology Center, America, LLC, among others.
While the headlines have been filled with news about COVID-19 and other challenges, SUNY Poly continues to advance (and a number of headlines have noted this, too). With a foundation of health and safety protocols, we strive to act meaningfully to support our critical diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. We focus on innovative experiential and online learning opportunities, in addition to extra-curricular activities that make for an exciting, well rounded student experience. I am proud to share my deep gratitude for our outstanding faculty, staff, and students as we highlight just some of our accomplishments during the 2021-2022 academic year.