State University of New York chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that more than $6 million has been redirected to academic instruction and student services in the first year of SUNY's system-wide shared services initiative.

Since august of 2011, campuses have worked to identify and eliminate duplicate administrative services and to collaborate on business, finance and procurement operations. Increased opportunities to share best practices have also led to enhanced program offerings and academic advances in every region of the state.

Among the colleges in the campus alliance network are SUNY Delhi and SUNY Cobleskill, which has helped combine for an estimated first-year administrative savings of more than $2.5 million.