What Does it Mean to be Powered by Open SUNY+?

Why Open SUNY?

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Why nominate your program to become powered by Open SUNY+?

The Open SUNY team is excited about expanding the circle of degrees and certificates that exemplify the best of what SUNY has to offer in online-enabled education.  We hope that you share in our excitement, because we are confident that Open SUNY+ will open doors for your students, faculty, program, and institution.

Having your online programs powered by Open SUNY+ means

Reaching more prospective students and growing program recognition through visibility on the Open SUNY website and search priority in the Open SUNY Program Navigator

Having a seat at the table to shape future Open SUNY services and supports by providing input and feedback to the Open SUNY team

Privileged access to opportunities and resources as we pilot and launch new services and supports for Open SUNY

Open SUNY+ is a partnership between campuses and SUNY system.  The following information outlines the signature elements and sub-elements that define quality for programs powered Open SUNY+.  Embodying these signature elements will require collaboration and effort on the part of campuses and system, and we are eager to work in partnership with you to continue to raise the bar of online-enabled education at SUNY!

What does it mean to be a program powered by Open SUNY+?

A set of signature elements are shared by all programs powered by OS+

Students and faculty Personalized student services Personalized student services to minimize time to degree and promote student success
Engaging learning experiences Engaging learning experiences based on industry-relevant content in “High Needs” or “High Demand” areas
Comprehensive faculty support Comprehensive faculty support to ensure quality in course design, development, and delivery
Institution and infrastructure Robust technology environment Robust technology environment for online learning and effective/innovative uses of technology in all aspects of the online program
Institutional commitment to quality assurance Institutional commitment to quality assurance for online learning
Assessment of program effectiveness Assessment of program effectiveness to enable continuous quality improvement
Strategic commitment to growth Strategic commitment to growth supported by robust financial model to ensure scalability of resources as enrollments grow

The signature elements of programs powered by Open SUNY+ will be provided via a partnership between SUNY institutions and SUNY system

Open SUNY+ Signature Element

Primary responsibility for providing?
Students in programs powered by Open SUNY+ must have access to… SUNY system SUNY campus

1.  Personalized student services to minimize time to degree and promote student success

  • Searchable navigator of all online-enabled programs, with special designation for Open SUNY+ programs
SUNY system
  • ·Online student readiness website, including readiness assessments and tips for success
SUNY system
  • Concierge/mentor/advisor providing personalized support to online students
 SUNY Campus
  • Concierge model, guide, and resources to support campus Concierges
SUNY system
  • 24/7 support*
SUNY campus
  • Online academic tutoring for limited subjects*
SUNY campus
  • Early alert monitoring and interventions*
SUNY campus

2.     Engaging learning experiences based on industry-relevant content in “High Needs” or “High Demand” areas

  • Experiential learning opportunities
SUNY campus
  • Systematic process to keep courses refreshed in line with industry trends
SUNY campus
  • Programs with clear connections to demands of NYS employers
SUNY campus
Faculty of programs powered by Open SUNY+ must have access to…

3.     Comprehensive faculty support to ensure quality in course design, development, and delivery

  • Course development/refresh process based on instructional design standards
SUNY campus
  • Rubrics and tools to support development/refresh of high quality courses
SUNY system
  • ·Assistance with adherence to accessibility standards
SUNY campus
  • ·24/7 support*
SUNY campus
  • Opportunities to build community and competency (via Center for Online Teaching Excellence)
SUNY system
Programs powered by Open SUNY+ must have access to…

4.     Robust technology environment for online learning and effective/innovative uses of technology in all aspects of the online program

  • Comprehensive technology plan
SUNY campus
  • Suite of applications to ensure course integrity (e.g., identify verification, proctoring, plagiarism detection)*
SUNY campus
  • IT solutions to support high quality course delivery (e.g., collaboration tools, content repository)*
SUNY campus

5.     Institutional commitment to quality assurance for online learning

  • Strategic vision/mission that includes an explicit strategy for online learning
SUNY campus
  • Organizational structure/roles to support quality online learning
SUNY campus
  • Ongoing institutional assessment to guide towards continual improvement (e.g., Open SUNY Institutional Readiness process, including periodic review and update of the institution’s self-assessment and implementation plan)
SUNY campus
  • Facilitation support for the Open SUNY Institutional Readiness Process
SUNY system

6.     Assessment of program effectiveness to enable continuous quality improvement

  • Appropriate registration and approval through NYSED for distance learning program
SUNY campus
  • Industry-appropriate accreditation (If applicable)
SUNY campus
  • Acceptable course and student retention rates relative to the population served
SUNY campus
  • Course learning outcomes aligned with overall program objectives
SUNY campus
  • Assessment mechanisms to measure overall program effectiveness
SUNY campus
  • Collection and access to data to assess effectiveness of the Open SUNY+ supports
SUNY campus

7.     Strategic commitment to growth supported by robust financial model to ensure scalability of resources as enrollments grow

  • Enrollment projections and financial model aligned with institutional strategy for online learning
SUNY campus
  • Resource planning for online learning as part of institutional financial planning and budgeting process
SUNY campus
  • Budget model and resource allocation that enables scaling of resources with enrollment growth and allows for investment in program renewal (e.g. Scalability plan from the Open SUNY Enrollment Roundtable)
SUNY campus

*Options may be available from SUNY system for campuses to utilize and/or procure services through University-wide contracts or other procurement vehicles