SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher calls it "systemness."
The concept — defined in slightly run-on style as "the coordination of multiple components that when working together create a network of activity that is more powerful than any action of individual parts on their own" — turned up as an overarching theme in Zimpher's annual address on the far-flung network of 64 campuses.
Zimpher spoke Monday before an audience of SUNY administrators, student assembly members and elected officials at The Egg, laying out her vision for 2012 and the years ahead, including shifting administrative costs to education and integrating SUNY's poorly integrated information technology.
The chancellor began by reviewing 2011, which saw the passage of a "rational tuition" plan as well as the long-delayed commitment of state funds to SUNY Buffalo and other campuses. She praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying "SUNY has finally found its champion."