In addition to its recent academic acclaim from several respected online ranking resources, Alfred State College is also receiving lots of praise from its students.
According to the 2018 SUNY Student Opinion Survey (SOS) for State-Operated Institutions, Alfred State is ranked first among State University of New York (SUNY) colleges of technology who participated in the survey and fourth among all participating SUNY schools for its religious/spiritual activities and programs.
Dr. Gregory Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, said, “I believe the survey data affirms our staff’s efforts in creating an inter-faith space and a renewed Unity Center with relevant programming. The efforts connect directly to one of Alfred State’s six strategic priorities: diversity and inclusion, in our institutional strategic plan.”
Other categories for which students rated Alfred State in the top five include:
- No. 2 in SUNY: Sense of belonging on campus
- No. 4 in SUNY: Availability of courses in your major
- No. 4 in SUNY: Engaged in research or other creative projects with faculty guidance
- No. 5 in SUNY: Personal counseling services
- No. 5 in SUNY: Using computer and information technology effectively
The SUNY SOS Project periodically collects background, attitude, and opinion information from samples of students to explore and assess college impressions and plans; satisfaction with services, facilities, and environment; perceived college outcomes; frequency of selected academic experiences; and extent of campus contributions to student growth/preparation.
While Alfred State is delighted at its high rankings, the college also recognizes what may be improved based on student comments.
For example, students previously expressed a desire for improvements to the campus wireless computing network. In response, Technology Services installed 300-400 percent more access points in each residential building in order to improve wireless connectivity. Most residence halls now have a wireless access point in every other room.