1960 A committee on education convened by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller issues the Herald Report, a document that recommends, among other things, converting state teachers colleges into liberal arts colleges.
1961 Now known as the State University College of Education at Buffalo, the college becomes the first SUNY institution with a study-abroad program, Semester in Siena.
1962 The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits the education programs.
1963 The college is authorized to offer bachelor of arts degrees in art, biology, chemistry, English, foreign language, geography, geosciences, history, mathematics, music, philosophy, and physics.
1966 The college acquires a 7.9-acre site at the foot of Porter Avenue for a freshwater field station. Nobel laureate Edward Teller comes to campus for the dedication of the 50-seat planetarium. The Burchfield Art Center opens.
1967 Dr. E. K. Fretwell is inaugurated as president. Buffalo State participates in the newly organized Educational Opportunity Program (EOP/SEEK) and has the largest enrollment (more than 600) in Western New York.
1969 New degree programs include the bachelor of science in industrial technology, developed by Dr. Myron E. Lewis; the bachelor of science in home economics; the bachelor of arts in psychology and political science; and the master of arts in chemistry, biology, and philosophy.