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Purchase College Strategic Plan, 2010-2015

Direction 4: Toward te Greater Purchase: Connections from the Local to the Global

Purchase College shares the mission of the State University of New York, which is to fuel the engine of economic, cultural, and intellectual growth locally, nationally, and globally.  We intend to fulfill this mission by creating strong connections with partners at home and abroad and by educating creative, entrepreneurial, and responsible students.  We want to broaden the learning locus of our students from the campus to the world.


Student Affairs Unit Plan, 2010-2015

Goal 3: Implement Structures and Strategies to Contribute to a "Greater Purchase"

Strategy 2: Involve, intergrate, and develop Purchase College in the community. 

Measure of Success: Increase in numner of community partnerships & faculty collaborations created.

Action Steps:

  • Develop community partnerships that are reciprocal in value, sustainable, and tied to student learing outcomes.
  • Advance K-16 programs particularly those serving economically disadvantaged communities.
  • Secure local, state, and federal grants to jumpstart and support civic engagement/servce learning initiatives.
  • Assess effectiveness of partnerships and programs.



Within our mission statement, we highlight a commitment to preparing our students for an increasingly global and multicultural landscape by providing them with the leadership skills to impact social change.

It is through our community partnerships, that our office realizes these goals by generating genuine learning labs for our students and at the same timeproviding an invaluable service contribution to an organization's fulfillment of its mission and goals.  It is this reciprocity that inspires sustainablility and significance.



We are most interested in partnerships that are sustainable, meaning we favor those in which we can build an ongoing interaction.  The details of a given project can and probably will adjust but the relationship between our organizations will presist.

Additionally, we have a preference for serice learning activities.  Service learing is pedagogy.  It is an academic method of teaching and learning.  It is not simply volunteering or community service.  Here are some other key points:

  1. Service learning is tied to the course curriculum.
  2. Service learning meets a community-identified need.
  3. Service learning includes structured critical reflection assignments.

Please note this example when considering your ideas:

SERVICE= Reading storybooks to elementary-aged children.

LEARNING= Course work in conversational Spanish

SERVICE LEARNING= A Spanish course partners with a local community center and provides students as readers and menors for an after-school program

**If you're interested in becoming a community partner of Purchase College, SUNY, please fill out the quick application below.**



Community Partner Application



Council of Community Services: Port Chester, Rye Brook and Rye Town

  • After School Programs

Westchester Family Services

  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Westchester

Liberty Partnerships/Great Potential Program

  • Middle School Workshop Series
  • High School Academic Support Series
  • College for a Day Program

Neuberger Museum Education Office

  • Guided tours

TRIO Upward Bound Program

  • After School Programs
  • College Tours
  • Saturday College Program

Yonkers Partners in Education

  • Lunch and Learn Series