Strong Start To Finish

State University of New York

Through a competitive grant application proccess, The State University of New York was selected to serve as one of  Strong Start to Finish's scaling sites that serve as exemplars for scaling evidence-based practices.

SUNY-SSTF provides system-wide support for campus-level reforms to ensure access and equity and help more students of color, low-income students and returning adults to succeed and graduate.

Hear From the Scaling Sites

Priority Action Areas

SUNY-SSTF is focused on four priority action areas:

  • Accelerating and scaling up of Guided Pathways reforms.
  • Scaling Math Pathways and targeted co-requisite interventions across the SUNY system.
  • Expanding co-requisite English Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).
  • Support for adoption of the SSTF Core Principles including multiple measures placement, holistic student supports and change leadership.

Strategies at Scale

Through the support and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, SUNY-SSTF will scale the following reforms:

  • Provide campus innovation funding support to thirty eight colleges, adopting one or more Core Principles and and implement  ongoing professional development including statewide technical assistance in multiple measures placement, holistic student supports, and change leadership.
  • Scale and spread the essential practices of the Pathways Collaborative with SUNY’s Guided Pathways Institutes modeled after the national American Association of Community Colleges Guided Pathways Institute and research from the Community College Research Center (CCRC)s at 18 SUNY community colleges serving 78% of all community college learners or more than 155,000 students annually.
  • Support colleges in scaling Math Pathways (including Carnegie Math Pathways, Quantway/Statway models and co-requisite models) through in-depth faculty training to serve an additional 20,000 students by 2021.
  • Increase the number of institutions and provide necessary professional development to expand English co-requisite models to serve an additional 22,000 students by 2021.
  • Build capacity within institutional research to conduct ongoing research on institutional readiness for developmental education reforms.
  • Facilitate critical equity conversations via campus-based equity institutes to better meet the needs of diverse learners.

Project Leadership and Campus Involvement

SUNY-SSTF is managed by leadership from the Chancellor's Office and New York State's Community College Student Success Center. 

All 30 of SUNY's community colleges and eight of its four-year college are participating in SUNY-SSTF. Together, these colleges enroll more than 236,000 students and span the entire state of New York. Among these colleges, approximately 42% are low-income students, 28% are students of color and 25% are returning adults. In addition, SUNY intends to open professional development opportunities offered through SSTF to non-participating colleges, further extending the reach and impact of this system-wide project.


  • SUNY Adirondack
  • SUNY Alfred State
  • SUNY Broome
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Cayuga
  • SUNY Clinton
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Columbia-Greene
  • SUNY Corning
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Delhi
  • SUNY Dutchess
  • SUNY Empire State
  • SUNY Erie
  • SUNY Farmingdale
  • SUNY Finger Lakes
  • SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Fulton-Montgomery
  • SUNY Genesee
  • SUNY Herkimer
  • SUNY Hudson Valley
  • SUNY Jamestown
  • SUNY Jefferson
  • SUNY Mohawk Valley
  • SUNY Monroe
  • SUNY Morrisville
  • SUNY Nassau
  • SUNY Niagara
  • SUNY North Country
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • SUNY Oneonta
  • SUNY Onondaga
  • SUNY Orange
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Rockland
  • SUNY Schenectady
  • SUNY Suffolk
  • SUNY Sullivan
  • SUNY Tompkins-Cortland
  • SUNY Ulster
  • SUNY Westchester