SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 by the SUNY Board of Trustees and then-chancellor and future United States Commissioner of Education Ernest L. Boyer as a distinctive statewide SUNY institution focused on nontraditional teaching and learning, where college faculty mentors guide learners through designing an individual degree program within 12 broad areas. Further, the college continues its 40-year commitment to valuing learning gained from life and work experience and has a clear process for assessing and awarding credit for college-level learning gained through experience.
Empire State awards associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. The Center for Distance Learning offers undergraduate online programs and the School for Graduate Studies awards graduate online programs.
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