Virtual Signing Ceremony Between SUNY Institutions Providing Onondaga Community College Students a Seamless Pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree at SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Onondaga Community College (OCC) President Dr. Casey Crabill and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) Acting President Dr. Tod A. Laursen on January 29th, signed a transfer articulation agreement which provides students who earn their associate degree at OCC a seamless pathway into one of 12 degree programs at SUNY Poly. OCC students will be able to take all of their credits with them to SUNY Poly and then complete work toward their bachelor’s degree in as soon as two years. Across the country, college students face a significant barrier to graduation when they change programs. This partnership addresses that barrier and ensures that students are prepared to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.

OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

“We’re grateful to our partners at SUNY Poly for recognizing the outstanding potential in our students and creating a pathway for them to earn a valuable four-year degree at a SUNY price point. During an uncertain time for students and families, this agreement provides a tremendous level of certainty for anyone considering bettering their lives through higher education,” said OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill.

“SUNY Poly is proud to partner with OCC to simplify the transfer process, especially when so many students face headwinds related to economic uncertainty and the pandemic,” said SUNY Poly Acting President Dr. Tod A. Laursen. “It is imperative that students are able to pursue streamlined bachelor’s degree pathway options that are not only affordable, but also simple to navigate, providing the experiential learning-based skills that will prepare them to enjoy thriving careers.”

The degree programs included in the agreement are as follows:

OCC Associate Degree Program  to SUNY Poly Bachelor’s Degree Program

Mathematics & Science   >  Biology B.S.

Business Administration > Business Administration B.S.

Engineering Science > Civil Engineering B.S.

General Studies > Community and Behavioral Health B.S.

Human Services >  Community and Behavioral Health B.S.

Humanities & Social Sciences > Community and Behavioral Health B.S.

Art        >    Communication and Information Design B.S.

Broadcast Media Communications > Communication and Information Design B.S.

Communication Studies     > Communication and Information Design B.S.

Computer Science    > Computer and Information Science B.S.

Health Information Technology > Health Information Management B.P.S.

General Studies  >   Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.

Humanities & Social Sciences   > Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.

Engineering Sciences  > Mechanical Engineering B.S.

Nursing  >  Nursing B.S.

General Studies >  Psychology B.A.

Human Services   > Psychology B.A.

Humanities & Social Sciences   >Psychology B.A.

Criminal Justice >   Sociology B.A.

Humanities & Social Sciences  >   Sociology B.A.


Onondaga Community College, Central New York’s partner in education for success, is a two-year college located on a 280-acre campus in Syracuse, NY. OCC operates under the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is locally sponsored by Onondaga County. We are the first public college in the nation to partner with Barnes & Noble College on the “Box of Books” program which provides students with flat-rate, predictable pricing for textbooks and technology. OCC is an Achieving the Dream college and has been named a “Military Friendly” school by G.I. Jobs Magazine for its service to student veterans. The College’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility has earned it recognition as a “Green College” by the Princeton Review, a “Cool School” by the Sierra Club and a “Sustainable Campus” by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. A 2019 report titled “The Economic Value of Onondaga Community College” shows students enjoy an attractive 21.7% rate of return on their educational investment. For every dollar of support from state and local governments, taxpayers see a return of $3.90 on their investments. The average annual rate of return for taxpayers is 9.3%. OCC’s 17 athletics teams have won 16 national championships. Learn more about the College at


SUNY Poly is New York’s globally recognized, high-tech educational ecosystem. SUNY Poly offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience and nanoengineering, as well as cutting-edge nanobioscience programs at its Albany campus, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, and the engineering technologies; professional studies, including business, communication, and nursing; and arts and sciences, including natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences at its Utica campus; thriving athletic, recreational, and cultural programs, events, and activities complement the campus experience. As the world’s most advanced, university-driven research enterprise, SUNY Poly boasts billions of dollars in high-tech investments and hundreds of corporate partners since its inception. For information visit