Onondaga Earns National Recognition as "Model of Efficiency

University Business magazine has named Onondaga Community College as a “2010 Model of Efficiency” in their most recent issue. According to their website, University Business’ Models of Efficiency is a national program honoring colleges and universities that meet the higher education business and technology challenges of today’s campus. The award, given in multiple categories and this year recognized institutions including Boston University, George Washington University, and the College of William and Mary, recognizes the College’s Campus Safety and Security department for its highly innovative Student Safety Patrol.

“In these days of economic downturn and tight budgets, organizations and businesses are looking for innovative ways to increase both efficiency and effectiveness. Onondaga Community College is no exception,” said Onondaga Community College President Debbie L. Sydow, Ph.D. “Even as public funding for higher education continues to decline, Onondaga has found bold, creative ways of managing its entrusted resources.”

Onondaga Community College has a tradition of both high performance and high efficiency and has been recognized for several years as one of the most efficient community colleges in the SUNY system, as measured by net cost per FTE.

Students chosen to participate in this program receive more than a month of highly specialized training to ensure their preparation for the job as well as application for their New York State security guard license. The Student Safety Patrol, managed by Doug Kinney, vice president of Campus Safety and Security, provides a highly valuable service that supplements the professional efforts of the College’s department of Campus Safety and Security on behalf of Onondaga’s nearly 12,000 students, nearly 1,600 employees and more than 80,000 campus visitors annually.

“Having Student Patrol officers working with our Campus Peace Officers has been a positive experience for both the campus and the students,” says Kinney. “I’m grateful for the national acknowledgement and hope that our program will serve as a model for other two-year colleges that may be considering implementing similar programs.”