The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was established in 1988  to address the significant school drop-out rate among New York's youth. The LPP is included in the New York State Education Department's Statewide Plan for Higher Education as part of its strategy to maximize the successful transition of middle and high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school into graduates, fully prepared for the rigors of higher education and the competitive demands of a fluid workplace in a global economy. 

SUNY Cortland has served as the host institution for the local Liberty Partnerships Program since 1989 and administers the contract through the Research Foundation.