Strong Start To Finish

The State University of New York

In 2017 The State University of New York (SUNY) was selected to serve as one of Strong Start to Finish's six scaling sites.

SUNY-SSTF provided systemwide support for campus-level leaders and faculty in accelerating/scaling guided math pathways, expanding the corequisite English Accelerated Learning Program (ALP).

Ongoing supplemental funding, which began in 2020 through Strong Start to Finish, is allowing SUNY to develop and implement a new multiple measures placement policy at both the system and institutional level. 


Hear From the Scaling Sites

Priority Action Areas

SUNY-SSTF through its initial grant is focused on four priority action areas:

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

SUNY-SSTF through its supplemental grant is focused on the following priority action area: Develop a multiple measures policy at the institution or system level.


Strategies at Scale

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

  • Provide campus innovation funding support to 38 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 corequisite 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.

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

  • Deploy coaches to align placement with developmental education reforms including Math Pathways, Developmental English, and Guided Pathways.
  • Survey and gather top recommendations from college representatives.
  • Develop and finalize multiple measures placement guidelines and policy recommendations with college representatives and placement experts.

Project Leadership and Campus Involvement

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

All 30 of SUNY's community colleges and eight of its four-year colleges 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 systemwide project.


  • SUNY Adirondack
  • SUNY Alfred State
  • SUNY Broome
  • SUNY Cayuga
  • SUNY Clinton
  • SUNY Columbia-Greene
  • SUNY Corning
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Delhi
  • SUNY Dutchess
  • SUNY Empire State
  • SUNY Erie
  • 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