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 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.
  • Spreading the Carnegie Math Pathways and targeted interventions across the SUNY system.
  • Expanding co-requisite English Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).
  • Increasing access to technical pathways for adult learners.

Strategies at Scale

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


  • Provide sub-grants to thirty colleges, implement a peer mentorship model and provide ongoing professional development to scale the American Association of Community Colleges Guided Pathways Institute model to serve an additional 98,000 students annually.
  • Support colleges in scaling Carnegie Math Pathways (Quantway/Statway) through in-depth faculty training to serve an additional 17,500 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.
  • Increase the number of institutions and provide necessary professional development to expand English co-requisite models to serve an additional 15,000 students by 2021.
  • Deepen college supports to adult learners, including veterans, in high-needs technical programs to serve an additional 6,000 returners by 2021.
  • Expand P-TECH model, a free pathway to an associate degree in a high-demand career, to offer an additional 4,600 high school students.


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 nine of its four-year college are participating in SUNY-SSTF. Together, these colleges enroll more than 260,000 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-Green
  • SUNY Corning
  • SUNY Dehli
  • 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 Oneonta
  • SUNY Onondaga
  • SUNY Orange
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Rockland
  • SUNY Schenectady
  • SUNY Suffolk
  • SUNY Sullivan
  • SUNY Tompkins-Cortland
  • SUNY Ulster
  • SUNY Westchester