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SUNY Broome’s New One-Year Program Offers Two Years of University Education at a Fraction of the Cost

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SUNY Broome Community College is launching a one-year associate degree program offering the equivalent of two years of university-level instruction at a fraction of the cost of a private, four-year institution. Aimed at academically gifted high school students, the new One Year Associate in Arts Degree Program (AA1) will enroll its first class in fall 2014.

“Other programs exist across New York and the country that offer one-year associate degree programs, but compressing a two-year degree into one isn’t the emphasis of AA1,” said Michael Kinney, dean of liberal arts, who headed the board of administrators, faculty, counselors, and advisors that designed AA1. “An accelerated and enriching experience targeted for a cohort of academically motivated students, this new program includes four seminar courses, an academic portfolio, and a capstone research project. We’re not aware of any other associate degree program in New York State that offers this level of intellectual rigor.”

“Our focus was to build an accelerated, academically demanding program that would propel students into highly competitive colleges and universities,” added Ryan Dougherty, superintendent of Newark Valley Central School District and member of the design board. “The courses are deeply rooted in the liberal arts and demand a high level of critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. At the same time, we’ve incorporated career components that can help students begin to draw their post-collegiate future into view. From a practical standpoint, AA1 is a very fiscally sound option for students bound for top-flight universities.”

For example, the average 2013/14 tuition at the eight universities in the Ivy League was $39,863. The 2013/14 tuition at SUNY Broome was $3,690.

“When Dr. Kinney first proposed this program, I found it to be forward thinking,” Dougherty said. “We believe it is a model that will be viewed as unique and timely.”

For more information please contact Michael Kinney, Dean of Liberal Arts at 607-778-5021 or visit
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