The State University of New York Board of Trustees made the obvious move Tuesday when it approved the implementation of Open SUNY, which will mean every online class in the system's 64 campuses will be accessible to all of SUNY's 468,000 students and 88,000 faculty.
If a campus or system of campuses isn't making progress in regards to online learning these days, it is losing ground to its competitors. SUNY in particular stands to benefit from a collective approach to education, given the shared governance of its massive footprint.
"By bringing every online program we offer together under one umbrella, SUNY students will have unprecedented access to faculty expertise and course availability, significantly increasing their opportunities for timely degree completion and success both in school and after graduation," said Nancy Zimpher, SUNY's chancellor, in a Tuesday statement.
More than 86,000 SUNY students registered for at least one online course in 2012, while SUNY officials estimate Open SUNY will add 100,000 degree-seeking students to the enrollment total within three years.