Sabbatical leave

December 9, 2013

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Obtaining sabbatical leave at SUNY Oswego requires a lengthy process, but it’s questionable whether it’s sufficient when there are too few professors to teach a sufficient amount of class sections.

An example of a scenario where there are too few professors left to teach the needed sections of classes is the spring 2014 semester for students of the honors program. Continue reading

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GPA minimum for School of Education questioned

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Screenshot of The Oswegonian article written by Justine Polonski

October 10, 2013

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Starting in the fall of 2015, the GPA requirements necessary to gain admissions to SUNY-system education programs will be raised to better prepare students for their future professions.

Barbara Garii is one of the associate deans of the School of Education at Oswego State. She voiced the change in admissions requirements from the point of view of the administration.

“Right now, while any entering first-year student may declare a teacher preparation major, all teacher candidates in the School of Education are required to maintain a 2.50 or better GPA to register for the courses in the major,” Garii said. “The new expectation is that entering first-year students will be required to have a high school GPA of 3.00 (B) or better to declare a teacher preparation major in the School of Education upon entry to SUNY Oswego.” Continue reading

Grad rates low in U.S.

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Screenshot of The Oswegonian article written by Justine Polonski

February 28, 2013

OSWEGO, N.Y. – A recent report released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found that 46 percent of American college students do not graduate within six years of enrollment.

Dr. Elizabeth Schmitt, a professor in the department of economics at Oswego State, disputed the number given by this report due to some flaws in the collection of this data.

“Data that tracks full-time college students across their institutions (including transfer students) found a six-year graduation rate of 77 percent,” Schmitt said. “Overall completion rates are about 54 percent, but that includes part-time students that do have much lower graduations rates. This also gives us a clue as to the factors that lead to non-completion: life gets in the way. Part-time students are likely to face higher financial and scheduling challenges (family, job, military) that make it difficult to finish.” Continue reading

Degree Works to replace CAPP

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Screenshot of The Oswegonian article written by Justine Polonski

February 14, 2013

OSWEGO, N.Y. – At some point during the 2013 spring semester, Oswego State will be discontinuing its use of the CAPP Degree Audit program. CAPP is the program that the university currently employs to allow its students to view their progress toward earning their degrees.

The new, high-performance program that Oswego State will be switching over to is called Degree Works, and it is being implemented SUNY-wide. Oswego State is among the first of the SUNY schools to switch to the new program. The CUNY system has begun using Degree Works, as well as most of the universities in Georgia. Continue reading