SUNY Sullivan officials optimistic as county legislature finalizes budget


MONTICELLO – Enrollment is near the target college officials set
for the 2016-17 academic year at SUNY Sullivan and there are other signs
that this could be a good year at the Loch Sheldrake campus.

Jay Quaintance, who holds the title of Official in Charge, as a nationwide
search begins for a new president, briefed county legislators before they
gave final approval to the budget.

Quaintance pointed to enrollment trends.

“We’re about 96 percent of our goal in enrollment,”
he said. “Very good and actually there’s even a brighter star
within that number is that the enrollment of out-of-county is well beyond
our predicted goal.”

That means additional revenue for the college.

Looking ahead, Quaintance said broadening their appeal is a priority.

“We need to reach a broader audience of potential students; not
just traditional college-age students but also returning adults, people
who are looking to increase their skill levels, for jobs that are available
and working with employers to make sure we’re making those connections.”
The obvious area for that is hospitality, with the Montreign Casino opening
in two years, which will be part of the larger Adelaar resort.


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