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08/28/2006
Hudson Valley Community College 2006-07 Academic Year Fact Sheet

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 248-4555 – cell
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Aug. 28, 2006

Hudson Valley Community College begins its 2006-07 academic year today (Monday, Aug. 28). Tuition for the 2006-07 academic year for in-state residents is $2,700. Founded in 1953, the college offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

On Saturday, Aug. 26, more than 1,900 new students, their parents and other family members (824 students, 1,111 family members) attended Orientation 2006, a series of workshops designed to acclimate students to the campus and give them, and their family members, strategies for academic and collegiate success.

  • Enrollment (as of Monday, Aug. 28, 2006):

    • Total headcount: 9,694 new and returning students. Includes full-time, part-time, matriculated (enrolled in a degree or certificate program) and non-matriculated students.

    • It is important to note that Hudson Valley Community College is an open enrollment institution and enrollment figures for the Fall 2006 semester will not be finalized until the first week in October. In addition, on-campus evening classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, and off-campus classes begin Monday, Sept. 11. Last year’s enrollment (Fall 2005 headcount) totaled 12,205 full- and part-time students.

  • Total headcount includes 3,182 new, matriculated students (57 percent men and 43 percent women). Of those new, matriculated students:

    • Average age: 21 years old (although the most frequent age for new, matriculated students is 18).

    • Students with combined SAT scores of 1200 or higher (although Hudson Valley does not require SAT scores for admission) or high school averages of 90 or better: 231, which is 7 percent of all new, matriculated students.

    • Top five academic programs for new, matriculated students: Individual Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Liberal Arts; and Physical Education Studies.

    • Top five counties of residency for new, matriculated students: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Columbia.

    • Top five high schools from which new, matriculated students graduated: Shenendehowa, Colonie, Shaker, Albany and Columbia.

New Academic Programs

Hudson Valley Community College constantly evaluates its degree and certificate programs to ensure that its academic offerings are meeting the needs of its students and the community it serves. New programs for the 2006-07 academic year include:

  • Biological Sciences associate’s degree program

    • This academically rigorous program is an ideal start for students who hope to pursue a career in medical science, dentistry, veterinary science pharmacy, or other research in science-related areas. The program will prepare students for continued study at the baccalaureate, master’s degree and post-graduate level. This new program complements the college’s Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, and Environmental Studies associate’s degrees.

  • Dental Assisting certificates

    • Non-credit certificate for individuals currently working as dental assistants; this program is designed for individuals who have completed at least 3,500 hours of current clinical work as a practicing dental assistant. This program will prepare them to take the New York State licensure exam for dental assistants.

    • Credit certificate for individuals who wish to be trained as dental assistants; this program will begin during the Spring 2007 semester. Upon the completion of this two-semester, full-time program, students will be prepared to take the New York State licensure exam for dental assistants.

    • Dental assistants perform a variety of tasks in dental offices, including sterilization of instruments, setting up dental materials and performing office duties.

    • These two certificate programs build upon the college’s highly-regarded Dental Hygiene associate’s degree program, which has been educating the region’s dental hygienists since 1960.

  • Heating Systems certificate and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning certificate

    • These two certificate programs are designed for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians who are seeking advancement in their field or a student interested in the field who wants to work while going to school.

    • Both of these certificate programs will be offered during the evenings and allow students to complete them in four semesters of part-time study. Both certificate programs include courses required for the college’s Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services associate’s degree, so students could work toward that two-year degree upon completion of one of the certificate programs.

Transfer Agreements

Hudson Valley has more than 100 program-to-program agreements with more than 40 four-year institutions that allow for a smooth and seamless transfer. New program-to-program transfer agreements with four-year institutions include:

  • Albany College of Pharmacy

    • Associate’s degree in Biotechnology to bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science

  • Purchase College (State University of New York):

    • Associate’s degree in Fine Arts to bachelor’s degree in fine arts

  • Sage College of Albany

    • Associate’s degree in Human Services to bachelor’s degree in creative studies

    • Associate’s degree in Nursing to bachelor’s degree in nursing

    • Associate’s degree in Biological Sciences to bachelor’s degree in clinical biology

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    • Associate’s degree in Business Administration to bachelor’s degree in sport management

Additional Parking Facilities

The college has approximately 3,000 parking spaces on campus; for the first month of the semester, temporary parking is available on the grass in front of the Marvin Library and on the west side of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

The college’s Public Safety Department also will have additional officers on duty during the first two weeks of the semester to assist with parking and traffic control.

2006-07 Budget

The college’s budget for the 2006-07 academic year totals $83.4 million and will be used as follows: $42.7 million (51.2 percent) for instruction and academic support; $16.1 million (19.3 percent) for administration and institutional support; $13.7 million (16.4 percent) for employee benefits; $7.6 million (9.1 percent) for maintenance and operation of the physical plant; and $3.3 million (4 percent) for student services.