Same SUNY Academic Quality…And Lowest Tuition!

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Let’s face it, we all like a good deal. That’s why it’s a great time to celebrate your Empire State College student status. Because even with a $13 tuition increase, your tuition is still the lowest price and best value for top-quality education in New York state.

As announced today, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced approval of an overall tuition increase of 6%. Your Empire State College cost will change from $207 per credit hour to $220 per credit hour.

Below is the Student Memo you may have already received via mail or email. This is the “official” SUNY announcement. See below:
The SUNY Board of Trustees has approved and the State Legislature has passed a plan that gradually increases tuition rates over a five-year span. The first-year increase goes into effect with the September 2011 term, which starts September 12 and for which registration is underway.

Students who have already registered should go to to log into their accounts and review the anticipate changes to their tuition bill that will result from the tuition increase. The adjusted tuition rates were updated in the registration system July 28, 2011. Thus, students who registered for the September term on or before that date will see changes in their tuition charges.  

Those students who are planning to register for the September term or thereafter, but haven’t yet done so, should go to for the new tuition schedule.

Prospective students interested in learning more about Empire State College and tuition costs, should visit

Military students will receive program-specific details from Empire State College’s Office of Veteran and Military Education shortly. In the meantime, military student can direct question to the Office of Veteran and Military Education by telephone at 518-587-2100 ext. 2779 or by email at

This new approach to predictable tuition changes will allow students to plan for tuition costs while allowing SUNY Empire State College to continue offering high-quality and flexible educational opportunities to adult learners at reasonable prices. Please remember, that tuition and fees at all SUNY institutions are subject to change.

Making Great Courses Even Better!

How do we do it? Technology changes by the minute. As you can imagine, developing effective distance learning courses is a constant-improvement environment. With course revisions, new applications, software trials, research opportunities for best practices, and more, our virtual to-do list continues to grow every day. Ellen Murphy understands this, and she’s here to tackle it, one “click” at a time.

Murphy, an Empire State College alum, begins her role as the Director of Online Curriculum at the Center for Distance Learning in September. Through this leadership role in the Curriculum and Instructional Design group, she will work collaboratively with colleagues and faculty to ensure the academic quality, design, and evaluation of all 500+ undergraduate courses.

According to Dean Tom Mackey, Murphy has also “been working with Moodle for many years and has extensive experience with e-portfolios, Second Life, and emerging technologies”. Murphy is also interested in Open Educational Resources (OERs) and augmented virtual reality. She currently works at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH in a similar role and has related professional experience from The Sage Colleges in Albany, NY. 

An accomplished author, click here to check out Murphy’s book of “how to recipes” for using Mahara, a web application that allows for user interaction in e-Portfolio and social networking sites.

Welcome to the ESC team Ellen!