Student success a trademark at Herkimer

Published Feb 23, 2018 at 12:00pm

Herkimer County Community College continues to be ranked among the best community colleges for student success. 

The college secured the No. 8 spot on the Schools.com 2017 list of best community colleges in New York state and ranked second among two-year colleges in New York by OnlineColleges.com and EDsmart.org. Additionally, the school has been named one of the top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which focuses on high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. 

Herkimer was granted continued full reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, without any follow-up reporting required. 

“Thank you to our faculty, staff and unit leaders who work diligently to uphold a standard of excellence that serves our students and fulfills the mission of our college,” said President Cathleen McColgin.

In the fall, a new associate in applied science degree in ecotourism and adventure travel was introduced. With an emphasis on natural science, the environment, sociology and ecology, ecotourism relates principles of travel and tourism to the science and sociology of indigenous populations and natural habitats. Students study the business and economics of travel and tourism and learn the interrelationships between diverse cultures and ecosystems.

The new degree is designed for students interested in careers that involve planning, organizing, managing and marketing adventure travel activities. Although not specifically designed for transfer, graduates may continue their education at a variety of four-year colleges and universities.

Beginning this fall, SUNY Cobleskill will offer a bachelor of business administration degree on the Herkimer campus. The degree is designed for traditional students and working adult learners. 

The agreement includes an articulation that allows a seamless transition for Herkimer graduates with an associate degree in business administration, accounting or marketing. Other students, who have successfully completed 60 credits, but are not graduates of Herkimer, may participate in the program with approval.

Two degree programs, Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies and Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science, are able to be completed with the use of only Open Education Resources, eliminating the need for students to purchase publisher copyrighted textbooks, a significant cost savings for students.

The Herkimer Generals athletic program won the 2016-17 National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators Cup, ranking Herkimer first in the nation among two-year college non-scholarship athletic programs. This is the third cup win for Herkimer in the past four years. 

Herkimer also finished sixth in the standings for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which recognizes the top overall two-year colleges in all divisions combined. 

Both programs recognize excellence in two-year colleges, based on athletic success in championship competition. 

The Herkimer Generals athletic program was also recognized for displaying outstanding sportsmanship by earning the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Sportsmanship Award. The award recognizes member institutions that exhibit dedication to the honor and integrity of intercollegiate athletics and whose student-athletes and staff display outstanding sportsmanship during competition throughout the year.