By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON Press-Republican
---- — PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh is once again being recognized by national publications for its academic excellence and support of student military.
At a recent College Council meeting, SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling told attendees the school recently made U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 list of the top public universities in the north.
The college ranks 22 on the list, moving up three places from last year.
When determining the rankings, the publication considered schools’ undergraduate academic reputation, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation-rate performance and alumni giving rate.
The announcement comes just weeks after Washington Monthly magazine named SUNY Plattsburgh among the year’s top 30 colleges in the country to offer students the best bang for their buck.
PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE, TOO
In addition, Ettling said at the meeting, the college has been designated a “Military Friendly School” for 2014 by G.I. Jobs magazine, marking the second year in a row SUNY Plattsburgh has made the national military publication’s list.
“This is something that makes me very proud,” he said. “We go out of our way to provide opportunities and to make veterans and active student military comfortable and at home on this campus.”
Paul Smith’s College in Paul Smiths also won the title of “Military Friendly School” for a second year in a row.
When awarding the designations, G.I. Jobs took into account schools’ military support on campus, academic credibility, percentage of military students, academic credit for military service, flexibility for military students, veteran graduation rates, student tuition assistance, student survey, employment rates, military spouse policies and government approvals.
SUNY Plattsburgh established its Army ROTC program, which is a branch of the one located at of the University of Vermont, in 2007. It currently comprises about 30 cadets.
“They’re good role models on our campus,” Dean of Education, Health and Human Services at SUNY Plattsburgh Michael Morgan said at the meeting. “They really are.”
Ettling noted, however, that retired Lt. Col. Douglas Goodfellow, who has been the Recruiting Operations officer to the Plattsburgh college’s ROTC unit since its inception, was recently notified that he is losing his job due to sequestration.
Goodfellow, who is also an assistant professor of Military Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh, is employed by a company that contracts with the U.S. Army to deliver ROTC programs, Ettling explained.
“That company was notified by the Department of the Army that its contract was being canceled or not renewed because of sequestration,” he said.
Goodfellow will continue to teach at the college through the end of this semester.
Morgan said he planned to meet with Maj. Tim Knoth, professor of Military Science at the University of Vermont, to discuss possibilities for maintaining the program.
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