Updates and Progress

Week of April 15-19

A full review of classroom and space scheduling at both campuses has been completed, with the State University Construction Fund's space consultant keying on mapping those details to possible spaces at SUNY Plattsburgh. This examination is happening in coordination with the Fund. It is significant work, though the firm is currently on track for findings next week. 

A summary review was completed of what the first phase of shared services associated with the initial relocation may look like. Some of these areas will need deeper examination and further use of special study groups, as will labs and related unique spaces.

An all-employee meeting at Clinton Community College on Friday, Apr. 19 will be followed by two open community Zoom sessions over the next two weeks, on April 23 and 29. The common conversations across campuses are designed to foster ideas and further assist campus leaderships and the joint coordinating committee.

Week of April 8-12

Analysis of space utilization information from both institutions is well underway. The consultant is on track to conclude its work by the end of the month, details that will feed what functions can fit in which buildings, what areas may need to be shared and the first phase of designs that would be picked up through the State University Construction Fund. 

Information technology areas successfully tested initial data transfers of student information, a step to facilitate shared aspects. A meeting is set with SUNY IT to further examine management of students in dual databases. Functions from parking and computer use to library access and ID cards stem from this work.

Determinations on a first phase of shared services associated with the initial relocation will be made soon, with first work to follow toward a memorandum of understanding to follow a letter of intent. 

Week of April 1-April 5

Rickes Associates, a higher education space planning and programming firm, spent two days on both campuses. They, along with a representative from the State Construction Fund, met with the coordinating committee, special study groups and walked through all potential relocation and shared spaces.

Detailed data on current usage and schedules was gathered and will be processed, along with added information needs that follow. The firm is targeted the end of April or early May for its findings, which will feed into aspects of next steps and design. 

More information on possible shared student services desired by Clinton Community College  and IT aspects continue to be examined, with added study groups likely on some aspects. Separate from this process, the local task force charged with examining a future path for the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing met for the first time. 

Week of March 25-March 29

A consultant retained by the State University Construction Fund will visit both campuses next week to conduct a deep space assessment and provide framing for a planned relocation to Algonquin and Adirondack Halls, as well as evaluate classroom scheduling options and possible shared spaces. This will follow an in-person joint coordinating committee meeting early in the week that will focus on work to date, next steps and a walk through of some of the same spaces. 

An advanced outline of possible shared student services desired by Clinton Community College was reviewed and will be added to and amplified with more details, later bringing in factors of costs and options. IT areas continue to examine processes to share and apply student information across separate systems.

Two Zoom meeting sessions for faculty and staff at both campuses have been set for April 23 and 29. These are being held to foster a common conversation across campuses to envision what a shared community between our two institutions could look like. They will also inform answers for added FAQs and the work of the joint coordinating committee.

Week of March 18-March 22

A deeper outline of possible shared services desired by Clinton Community College is being further developed and will be reviewed next week. IT areas on both campuses are beginning to test ways to share and apply student information across separate systems, from library and on-campus computer access to classrooms and IDs. This is targeted for completion in early April and will paint a clearer picture of how this may work.

As the State University Construction Fund advances on a plan to complete an assessment of renovated space and costs, an initial rendering of the new location is in development. We are awaiting a timeline from the fund on a date for when the assessment may be complete and what specifics on space and needs will be required. This will be provided to them as promptly as possible to advance this step.

A Zoom meeting for faculty and staff at both campuses is in discussion with shared governance leaders and will be targeted for April. The peer review team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education visited the Clinton Community College campus as part of its ongoing monitoring.  

Week of March 11-March 15

Student information and databases will remain in separate systems with the planned relocation, a decision reached after conversations that included SUNY IT principals and technology leaders at each institution. Pathways for the systems to tap data to enable any shared services will need to be developed and will be the focus of coming tech-related work.

Chancellor John B. King, Jr. visited with leadership teams at both institutions and toured possible relocation space in Algonquin and Adirondack Halls on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. The joint coordinating committee met and reviewed progress to date and the next stage of work. As more special study groups are formed, work will begin to be slotted into phases and timelines. 

Awaiting a timeline for the State University Construction Fund's plans to complete an assessment of space and costs. This is a critical step to determine what is possible and when in the building areas most suitable. Details were also gathered ahead of a visit next week by a review team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Week of March 4-March 8

Collective work has continued to focus on relocation aspects associated with sharing, usage, and costs in the areas of information technology / student information, space / location needs, and resulting operational costs and savings. Members of the joint coordinating committee have produced new summaries of data transfer options, faculty governance questions, and related matters.

Additionally, the State University Construction Fund is drafting a scope of services document that seeks a quick-turnaround analysis, plans, and advice on the proposed relocation of Clinton Community College to buildings on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. The time frame from the awarding of a contract to completion of the assessment would be four weeks.

Members of three special study groups have been appointed and given charges for more detailed review. Timelines will be developed for these and other groups as they are named. Calls with SUNY system will also take place next week as the feasibility and costs of various options are examined more closely and at a higher level. Lastly, the joint coordinating committee will meet together for the third time next week, reviewing statuses and next step questions and needs.

Week of February 26-March 1

The joint coordinating committee met for the second time, with follow up meetings later in the week involving members from each institution focused on their area of expertise. Continued information gathering, processing and follow ups on matters of space needs, costs, technology and a range of other related matters has been the subject of each.

From the construction fund visit, their examination of potential locations for Clinton Community College is currently focusing on Algonquin and Adirondack halls, both unoccupied. Space in these areas could be developed for core Clinton operations, faculty offices and some academic requirements.  

The first special study committees beyond the joint group are being developed, with an initial key on needs related to specialized academic space, classroom scheduling, and the library. These will involve added people at each campus to lend expertise and ideas to the deeper aspects.

Week of February 19-23

A summary of current information technology and student information processing at each institution is being completed. The college and the university run on the different platforms. The scope of potential shared services in this area is being examined now given needed lead time should it prove workable. Costs and security policies will be ultimate considerations. 

A centralized public information page was created on the Clinton Community College website, with a standing page and link added to the SUNY Plattsburgh webpage. This will serve as a point of ongoing updates and details on progress.

The State University Construction Fund made its first visit to examine potential SUNY Plattsburgh spaces that could be considered to locate Clinton Community College. Further assessment and cost estimates will follow. A second meeting of the joint coordinating committee and development of further review points has been scheduled for next week. 

Week of February 12-16

The Joint Coordinating Committee met for the first time, gathering at Clinton Community College and via Zoom. Participants began conversations on aspects that could inform a shared services agreement and ultimately how much space Clinton Community College will require at the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

Details are being gathered in a number of areas, including information technology,  student services, human resources, and academics. A follow up meeting will be scheduled.

A visit by the State University Construction Fund is being scheduled, with a review of SUNY Plattsburgh spaces and Clinton Community College needs a focus. A Middle States in-person visit to Clinton is tentatively set for Thursday-Friday, March 21-22. 

Week of February 5-9

Ken Knelly, chief of staff at SUNY Plattsburgh, was named special adviser to SUNY for the Clinton Community College transition.

Initial work was started to focus on the creation of a joint coordinating committee comprised of key elements of any move and shared services, including academics, student services, people, facilities, budget, and technology. Information gathering in these areas, combined with financial and operational needs of Clinton Community College, will drive examination of shared services and consideration of space/location options. The appointment from SUNY carried five elements:

  • Navigating Changes: Carefully determining the feasibility of proposed changes, grounded in practicality and foresight.
  • Setting Timelines: Establishing clear milestones for the transition, creating a comprehensive road map for all involved parties.
  • Coordinating Locations: Identifying suitable spaces for Clinton’s operations within the new campus, ensuring a balanced integration of functions and services.
  • Developing Shared Services: Creating shared resource agreements, delineating responsibilities, and establishing clear protocols.
  • Overseeing Communications: Ensuring clear, timely updates, coordinated among the parties, on the progress of the relocation and sharing of services.
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