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Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

Buffalo State has earned the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

This is an “elective” classification—institutions participate voluntarily by submitting required materials describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. 

The Carnegie Foundation noted that Buffalo State documented “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practice that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement, and it responded to the classification framework with both descriptions and examples of exemplary institutional practices of community engagement.”

Community Engagement at Buffalo State

Colleges of Distinction

SUNY Buffalo State has been recognizard as a College of Distinction. This resource gathers the very best colleges and universities in North America and rates them on four qualities of distinctiveness: Great Students, Engaged Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes.

Colleges and universities are nominated for participation through high school counselors' recommendations as well as quantitative research. Each College of Distinction school represents the cutting edge of higher education including experiential learning, study abroad, and internships.

Buffalo State College of Distinction Profile

Great Colleges to Work For

Buffalo State has twice earned the Chronicle of Higher Education's title of "Great College to Work For." The results, released in the Chronicle’s annual report on the academic workplace, are based on a survey of more than 47,000 employees at 294 colleges and universities nationwide, including small, medium, and large two-year and four-year colleges.

In all, only about 100 of the institutions surveyed achieve "Great College to Work For" recognition for specific best practices and policies. Among large four-year colleges and universities—those with 10,000 or more students—Buffalo State was one of 10 institutions to receive this special recognition.

Human Resource Management

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award

Buffalo State received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the second year Buffalo State has been named a HEED award recipient.

The magazine selected SUNY Buffalo State based on its exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and well as all others.

Equity and Campus Diversity

Market Recognition

Buffalo State's College Relations Office is responsible for image and marketing, public and media relations, official web pages, select publications, and internal communication. The office has earned wide national recognition for its work from higher education marketing, advertising, and public relations organizations:

Council for Support and Advancement of Education • State University of New York Council for University Advancement

Addy awards • Admissions Advertising Awards • American Advertising Federation • Council for Support and Advancement of Education • Excalibur awards • Public Relations Society of America • State University of New York Council for University Advancement • University and College Designers Association

Military Friendly Schools

Buffalo State is included on Victory Media's Military Friendly Schools list. The list honors the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Veterans and Military Programs


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Awards

Our students rated the financial aid services best among comprehensive colleges in the SUNY 2012 Student Opinion Survey.

Administered every three years, the survey assesses the quality of student life on campus. When compared with the other 11 university colleges within SUNY, Buffalo State scored highest in student satisfaction with the services provided by Weigel Health Center and the Financial Aid Office, followed by job search assistance, college bookstore services, student input in college policies/plans, and opportunities for community service.



President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Each year since the inception of the list in 2006, Buffalo State has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its strong commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center

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