Cortland (WBNG Binghamton) -- SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher welcomed educators from across Central New York to the first of five SUNY Regional Summits. The focus: how to share resources across 64 campuses.
SUNY already has more than 100 online courses in place, with more to come. The idea is that a student on any campus could take a course on any other campus without having to be there.
"For many students who are working full time, have families, are regionally bound to a particular geography, we're going to give them the full blast of what SUNY has to offer," Zimpher said.
Still, even with the consolidation of courses, individual campuses will not be sacrificing their identities, Zimpher said. The sum is greater than its parts.
"I think SUNY is the greatest show on Earth," Zimpher said. "We're the only system in the country that has it all. You can start at a community college, transfer to a university, get a master's degree and become a doctor and you have not left SUNY, so we want to make that available to as many students as possible."
The program has already saved SUNY $20 million, Zimpher said, money that can be reinvested into the program.
Zimpher said the program could save students money too, fitting with President Barack Obama's slogan of "know before you owe."