ABOUT CAYUGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
OUR MISSION, VISION, AND VALUES
Cayuga Community College is a supportive and inclusive institution where students are encouraged to grow, discover their highest potential, and advance their educational and professional goals.
Cayuga Community College will improve the quality of life in communities we serve by promoting student success and providing accessible learning opportunities that lead to valuable career and transfer pathways.
OUR VALUES STATEMENT
We pursue and uphold these values with integrity.
Opportunity – We provide high-quality, affordable, accessible education that fosters openness, curiosity and creativity in our students.
Diversity – We work to foster a sense of belonging for all members of our community by honoring all voices and perspectives and respectfully acknowledging each person comes from a unique background and has had distinct experiences.
Equity – We strive to remove barriers to student success, create an inclusive student experience, and provide support so students can achieve their full potential.
Civility – We strive to build a college community where we treat each other with respect and all members are invited to engage in genuine discourse, active listening and civil dialogue.
Collaboration – We pursue dynamic partnerships with industry, workforce, education and community agencies that have a positive impact on the communities we serve.
OUR HISTORY AND TRADITION
Cayuga Community College, a unit of the State University of New York with locations in the cities of Auburn and Fulton, is a two-year community college sponsored by Cayuga County and governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.
Committed to being the community college for both Cayuga and Oswego counties, the College offers transfer and career-oriented curricula on a degree and certificate basis through day, evening, online, and summer sessions. For groups such as high school students, government agencies, retirees, and industrial, business and professional personnel, the College also offers credit and credit-free specialized instruction according to need and interest.
Founded under the sponsorship of the Auburn City School District in 1953 as Auburn Community College, the College changed its official name to Cayuga County Community College in 1975 when Cayuga County assumed sponsorship.
The Auburn Campus is located in the seat of Cayuga County in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region. The Fulton Campus is located in Oswego County, just 10 miles from the southeast shore of Lake Ontario. Both locations offer a blend of rural and urban cultures with a rich variety of recreational and cultural opportunities including museums, parks, and theatrical and musical venues. The cities of Ithaca, Syracuse and Rochester are an easy drive from either location.
The Fulton Campus, which originated in January 1994, relocated to a larger location at River Glen Drive in Fall 2012. This location offers classrooms and labs, student space, offices, and much more.
Cayuga Community College is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (1007 North Orange Street 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 267-284-5000), and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3390 Peachtree Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326).
The College’s programs are registered by the New York State Department of Education. The College holds institutional membership in:
THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY)
SUNY, the State University of New York, is a comprehensive public university system consisting of 64 campuses that provide a full range of educational opportunity across New York State. The educational, cultural, and economic impact of the SUNY system is felt not only throughout the state, but nationally and worldwide as well. The 30 locally-sponsored two-year community colleges operating under the program of the State University of New York offer degree programs that serve as job-entry educational experience or provide transfer preparation for a baccalaureate degree at a senior campus.
Approximately 50 full-time teaching faculty and 115 part-time instructors make up the Cayuga faculty. Cayuga’s instructors hold advanced degrees from universities across the country, and bring a broad range of professional experience from the academic world and beyond. The hallmark of the faculty is dedication to students. In student opinion surveys, Cayuga instructors consistently earn positive reviews for their competence and commitment. Members of the Cayuga faculty have earned dozens of awards and citations for educational excellence, including several SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
Students choose Cayuga for a variety of reasons. While many students pursue a degree or certificate, a significant number take courses for other reasons: to gain specific job skills, explore an area of interest, pick up courses needed for a degree elsewhere, or prepare for transfer to another institution. With all of these goals in mind, Cayuga provides academic support, financial aid, and other resources to help all students with their educational progress.