SUNY Brockport now formally a university

Posted 7 December 2022 at 11:50 am

Press Release, SUNY Brockport

SUNY Brockport is now formally recognized as a university. Interim SUNY Chancellor Deborah Stanley has approved Brockport’s application to earn this recognition under the authority granted to her by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

The university will continue to be known as SUNY Brockport. Its official state education title will change from “State University of New York College at Brockport” to “State University of New York Brockport.”

“SUNY Brockport is proud to be recognized formally as a university, a recognition that is reflective of our robust, high-quality academic offerings at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our new designation appropriately represents the type of institution that we are today,” SUNY Brockport President Heidi Macpherson said last week. “But while our legal name changes, our mission remains the same. SUNY Brockport is an inclusive learning community that inspires excellence through growth, engagement, and transformation.”

This recognition follows New York State Board of Regents’ new guidelines for what constitutes a university. These guidelines require institutions of higher education to offer registered undergraduate and graduate curricula in the liberal arts and sciences, including graduate programs registered in at least three of the following discipline areas: agriculture, biological sciences, business, education, engineering, fine arts, health professions, humanities, physical sciences, and social sciences. SUNY Brockport offers graduate level programs in seven of those disciplines.

Editor’s Note: Roberts Wesleyan College and Houghton College also were recently approved to be recognized as universities.