Since its origin Delta has served to provide students with an alternate route to their education.
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In February 1972 the SUNY Board of Trustees approved the creation of a separate three year degree program at the College at Brockport. The program was to have its own leadership, faculty, and curriculum (existing as a sort of college-within-a-college). This new entity was originally called The Alternate College and was funded with a large grant from the Carnegie Commission for Higher Education, as well as from SUNY.
In 1985 the name was changed to Delta College to avoid equating The Alternate College with many alternative remedial educational programs that had sprung up across the country. Since the Greek letter, delta, is used within the sciences to indicate change, the administrators hoped that the new name, Delta College, would prove descriptive of the type of education offered through the revised program.
In 1994, the Delta College curriculum and broader program took on the contours of its current shape. Professional preparation courses together with local, national, and international applied learning opportunities became regular features of a Delta education; the general education courses developed an interdisciplinary focus & thematic continuity; the size of the program and courses sections were adjusted to promote a more intimate learning community; and experiential learning became the norm throughout the entire program.
Today Delta College remains a vibrant and exciting alternate means of earning a bachelor's degree at the College at Brockport, SUNY. Throughout the many changes of the past 40+ years, the vision of an experiential, innovative & interdisciplinary learning community remains alive and well within Delta College. As you consider joining our ranks, we invite you to become a part of this vision and history -; to experience yourself what we call "the Delta Difference."