It is hard to believe that this is the fifth edition of FSCNow. When we first decided to create an annual campus magazine, I had no idea how it would be received. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. FSCNow has become a source of pride for our alumni, faculty, and staff. It’s proven an ideal way to celebrate our achievements and outline the College’s road ahead.
This issue includes stories that underscore Farmingdale’s mission and success. These stories help us appreciate some of the people who help make Farmingdale a special place. Some spotlight our faculty and staff; others feature notable alumni and donors. As you would expect, many articles are focused on our students.
Students are at the heart of all we do, and it shows. The College continues to thrive, even in a challenging environment. Our enrollment remains strong, and we celebrate a student body that is among SUNY’s most inclusive. The last year has been remarkable. The College received two of the largest gifts in its history. We opened a program in Computer Science as well as a new Center for Criminal Justice Studies. We have launched an Honors Program to recruit outstanding students to each of our four schools. We have successfully recruited The Estée Lauder Companies to the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park, which will provide support for scholarships and programs. In addition, we are undertaking over $250 million in projects that will transform the campus.
As always, the success of our graduates is remarkable: their earnings rank among the very highest of recent SUNY alums. Students in our Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Science, and Aeronautical Sciences have attained pass rates at or close to 100 percent on licensure and certification exams. The early career earnings of our graduates rank in the top 2 percent nationally, according to CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index.
Our position as one of the very best values in higher education is nearly unrivaled. To highlight these successes, we’ve started a Metrics That Matter campaign that reﬂects the success of our students, our achievements, and our place as a true engine of opportunity for our students and for Long Island.
Our vision remains consistent: new academic programs that build on our success, enhancing student engagement, supporting faculty achievement, upgrading our buildings and grounds, and a more ambitious fundraising program that matches the needs of our students and our aspirational goals.
I know that you will enjoy this newest edition of FSCNow. The magazine has proven to be a great way to share our stories with those who care most about the College. Happy reading!
John S. Nader, PhD
President, Farmingdale State College