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SUNY Canton Creates ‘Flex Classes’ for Traditional and Online Students

Friday, February 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton is developing new course options that adapt to the needs of modern learners.

Until last semester, courses have been offered in two formats: through traditional on-campus classes; or by participating in online lectures and discussion boards through SUNY Canton OnLine. Last semester, the college began offering Flex Classes, which allows a student to attend a lecture one day and participate online the next.

Umesh Kumar teaches a Flex Class

Pictured is SUNY Canton Associate Professor Umesh Kumar, who teaches Finance, presenting a Flex Class. Kumar is wearing a video camera tracking device and a headset microphone to record and broadcast his lecture as he is teaching it.

“Flex Classes help promote student retention and completion rates,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services, Molly A. Mott “They remove barriers to education and fit into the busy and complicated lives of our students, especially those who are continuing their education. We see this as the future of higher education.”

The class is broadcast live during and the video is integrated with the college’s online learning software. Students participating from off of campus can ask questions as part of the class, and all students can watch the online recorded lecture.

Marela M. Fiacco, an instructor who oversees the college’s Healthcare Management program, volunteered to be the first faculty member to pilot the program for her Intro to Health Services Management course. She taught in a special classroom equipped with digital video cameras that follow her as she presents the course material.

“I told my face-to-face students that attendance is flexible,” Fiacco said. “This was especially important for our non-traditional and commuter students who have families and career obligations.”

Out of the 30 students who were enrolled, about nine opted to come to the twice-weekly class.

The instructor assigned group assignments that paired students participating from both on and off of campus.

Healthcare Management recently became the most popular major at the college, with more than 200 students enrolled in the fall 2017 semester. The majority of those students are working professionals who are seeking to advance their career by getting a bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton is expanding its Flex Classes through a Performance Improvement Fund grant from SUNY. A portion of that funding is also used to increase engagement with the college’s substantial online student population by offering expanded college resources. “We want to establish a better connection with our online students,” Fiacco said.

Two Flex Classes are currently in session during the spring 2018 semester and the college plans to continue research into, and development of, its newest educational delivery method. Students have been enthusiastic about the new mode of course delivery. “It’s a neat experience and I look forward to the future of the class and more like it,” said Michael B. Smithers, a Heathcare Management Student from Heuvelton.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Winterterm Enrollment at All-Time High

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Enrollment for SUNY Canton’s online Winterterm session has reached a record high for the fourth consecutive year.

Total enrollment for the 2017-18 session is 1,487, which breaks the previous record of 1,474, set last year. Courses began Dec. 20 and continue until Jan. 18.

Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, said the session’s continued popularity is due to the college’s reputation for excellence in  online instruction. She noted that a large percentage of students that enroll attend other public and private colleges throughout New York.

Winterterm 2017-18

“Students receive the same quality instruction SUNY Canton is known for in an accelerated schedule, allowing them to earn credits that are easily transferrable to their home institution,” she said. “We offer more than 90 courses, many of them general education courses, in a variety of subjects, including finance, business, marketing, art history and creative writing.”

Mott added that off-term sessions such as Winterterm support SUNY system-wide completion goals by helping students graduate on time, as well as allow them to meet the 30-credit annual requirement to qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship Program.

SUNY Canton’s online degree programs have been ranked among the best in the country for four years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, several online programs have been specifically recognized by independent research organizations for their affordability, such as Finance, Legal Studies, Nursing, Health Care Management and Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership.

Winterterm’s growth closely mirrors the college’s online Summer Session, which has also enjoyed a significant increase in enrollments for the past four consecutive years.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Holds Virtual Career Fair Sept. 28

Monday, September 25th, 2017

SUNY Canton students and alumni are invited to participate in a virtual career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

More than 20 employers will be seeking interns, full- and part-time employees and summer employees. Participating companies include:

  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories
  • Black Horse Group General Contractors
  • Boys & Girls Club Massena
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • DentServ
  • Northern Credit Union
  • Novelis
  • Pathfinder Engineers & Architects
  • Pritchett Controls, Inc.
  • Schepp Family Funeral Homes
  • Skye Farm Camp and Retreat
  • Spectrum
  • Structural Wood Corp.
  • United Helpers
  • Upstate Veterinary Specialists
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • VCA Shaker Animal Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Work for Progress
  • Yellowstone National Park Lodges

SUNY Canton Virtual Career Fair - September 28, 2017

The SUNY Canton Career Services office has contracted with CareerEco to present the virtual fair. Those interested must preregister to participate through the CareerEco webpage. Students who register will be also be entered in a drawing for a $100 gas card. For more information, email careers@canton.edu or call 315-386-7119.

The college will also hold a face-to-face career fair for students, alumni and the community from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 on campus.

SUNY Canton’s Summer Session Enrollment Growth Continues

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

For the fourth consecutive year in a row, SUNY Canton has seen an enrollment increase for its online Summer Session.

Enrollments have increased at an average rate of approximately 6 percent per year since 2013. The college currently has 1,966 enrollments for summer 2017.

Summer Session

The success is due to SUNY Canton’s strong reputation for excellence in distance learning, as well as the variety of courses offered, according to Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. She noted that the college’s Winterterm session has also seen dramatic growth since 2013.

“We have invested a significant amount of time and resources into developing our online courses, and the overwhelming popularity of our off-term sessions is a direct result of that investment,” she said.

This summer, more than 130 courses were offered in a range of topics, including art, management, law, economics and history. Those looking to explore more unique subjects could enroll in the popular “Comic Books as Literature” course, which examines the similarity between superhero comic books and graphic novels to other forms of literature.

Summer Session Enrollment - 2013-2017

Summer Session, which runs from June 1 to Aug. 15, is open to anyone, and a large contingent of students from private universities and other SUNY schools consistently utilize the course offerings year after year.

“We give students the opportunity to earn credit in the area of their choice in between traditional spring and fall semesters,” Mott added. “And because credits are easily transferrable to their home institution, it’s a convenient way for them to catch up, graduate early or satisfy prerequisites for their major.”

Another advantage of Summer Session, she said, is that it allows New York State students to meet the 30-credit requirement to qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship Program, which begins this fall.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Four-Year Online Majors Ranked, Listed and Recognized

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

SUNY Canton OnlineSeveral of SUNY Canton’s online programs were ranked among the best in the nation.

“Online programs allow the college to expand and offer its newest majors to a larger audience,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “Our faculty members have created high quality courses that continue to keep the college academically competitive.”

Of the 15 online degree offerings available at the college, the following were recognized by a variety of web-based ranking organizations:

  • The Bachelor of Technology in Homeland Security and the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management led SUNY Canton to a 17th place ranking out of 50 similar online colleges according to ValueColleges.
  • The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing was ranked 8th of 11 similar programs by Affordable Colleges Online. The program was noted again by MedCareer News, who listed it as the best online nursing program in the state.
  • Affordable Colleges Online also ranked the four-year Legal Studies program highly among other similar online programs.
  • The Veterinary Services Management Bachelor of Business Administration Degree made the Accredited Online Schools Best Veterinary Programs List.
  • The same organization rated the college 6th out of 45 for the best criminal justice bachelor’s degree in the nation for its popular online Law Enforcement Leadership program.
  • Affordable Colleges.com named the four-year Finance program as one of the best values in the nation.
  • The four-year Health Care Management program was also named a best value by Affordable Colleges.com

The organizations use formulas that evaluate program accreditation status, in-state tuition and fees, financial aid statistics, student-to-teacher ratio and other statistics to determine each ranking.

The college offers its online programs through its virtual campus, SUNY Canton OnLine. It recently became an institutional participant with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). The move aims to simplify how colleges and universities are authorized to offer distance education. Approximately 50 percent of SUNY Canton’s online Winterterm and Summer Session students enroll from outside of New York.

“We are one of the first SUNY colleges to move ahead and receive authorization,” said Associate Provost Molly A. Mott. “As a member of SARA, we are making it easier for students in other states to take our fully online degrees.”

SUNY Canton Online was also named among the top 10 disability-friendly online schools in the nation, according to SR Education Group.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Four SUNY Canton Employees Chosen to Receive Chancellor’s Awards

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has selected four SUNY Canton faculty and professional staff members to receive the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The following employees have demonstrated consistent superior performance to earn this prestigious honor:

  • Matthew BinkewiczMatthew P. Binkewicz received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for his contributions to the Funeral Services Administration program. His 20 years of experience in bereavement counseling and spiritual care enriches the academic experience for his students, preparing them to be successful funeral directors. In addition to his course obligations, he regularly presents special-topic lectures on subjects that will benefit students as they prepare to enter the work force. He will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

  • Brenda L. Dean, a secretary 2 in the Canino School of Engineering Technology, is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. During her 23-year career at the college, she has earned the respect the entire campus community by demonstrating outstanding professionalism and customer service. Among her many accomplishments is her work to ensure the timely completion of self-study reports that are required for academic program accreditation. She will be presented with her award at the college’s Recognition Day Ceremony May 19.

 

  • Melissa LeeAssistant Professor Melissa E. Lee was selected as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for creating an inclusive learning environment in her classroom and on campus. She has developed new curricula about understanding gender and sexuality through literature and has been a co-advisor for SUNY Canton’s LGBT+ club for seven years. Her research has been published in a number of academic journals, and she is currently earning her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

  • Molly MottAssociate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D., has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. During her 28-year career, she has led a number of initiatives that have had transformative effects on the college; most notably her vision to modernize the Southworth Library Learning Commons. As one of the first online instructors at SUNY Canton, she subsequently went on to oversee the Department of Online Learning, paving the way for online degree programs. She will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Ranked a Top Online School for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Top Disability Friendly Online CollegesSR Education Group, an education research publisher, has named SUNY Canton among the top 10 disability-friendly online schools in the nation.

More than 1,200 schools were evaluated for the 2017 rankings and scored on criteria such as available resources and services, distance-learning accommodations, and universal learning design training. Ranked ninth, SUNY Canton joined elite institutions such as Stanford University, the University of Connecticut and the Rochester Institute of Technology as among the schools that received the highest overall scores.

Most Affordable Online Colleges - Disability Friendly“This prestigious ranking can be attributed to the outstanding work by our Office of Accommodative Disability Services, who are committed to ensuring students with disabilities reach their educational goals no matter their location,” said Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “They are fully invested in providing online students with access to the most state-of-the-art assistive technology and other resources, such as tutoring and academic counseling.”

Mott said online students with a visual disability have access to equipment that converts textbook content into audio format, and those who are struggling academically can receive help from a peer or professional tutor via Skype, email, phone or other means through the college’s Betty J. Evans Tutoring Center.

“We take great pride in our ability to provide online students with the same level of support that we offer here on campus, particularly to those who require accommodative services,” she added.

In addition, SUNY Canton received the 20th spot on SR Education Group’s companion ranking of the 25 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Disabilities, which links superior accommodative services with low tuition.

“It’s even more meaningful to be recognized as a school that provides a high level of student support at an affordable price,” Mott said.

The complete rankings for both lists can be found here.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton’s Online Programs Make U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best Bachelor’s Degrees’ List

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton’s online baccalaureate programs have been named among the best in the country for a third time by U.S. News and World Report.

The college was one of only three SUNY schools to earn a spot in this year’s rankings. Programs were scored on various categories including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation.

“This recognition is a reflection of the time and resources SUNY Canton has invested into the quality of our online classes and programs throughout the past 15 years,” said President Zvi Szafran. “This award, along with our consistent online enrollment growth, is a direct result of that investment.”

The college was ranked 76th out of the more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News. Only regionally accredited institutions whose programs were offered in an online format were evaluated.

SUNY Canton currently offers 13 online degree programs and recently announced the launch of a Bachelor of Business Administration in Agribusiness Management, which can also be earned online. The program is designed to prepare students for skilled careers in agriculture.

“It’s important that we offer the option for students to earn their degree entirely online,” Szafran added. “Professionals who want to continue their education while working full time will benefit from the flexibility of our programs.”

In addition to new degree programs, the college has seen an increase in enrollments for its winter and summer off-term online sessions. In January, enrollment for the Winterterm session reached an all-time record for the third consecutive year. Students from both public and private colleges in New York and throughout the country utilize the sessions to fulfill requirements at their home institutions.

“Our off-term sessions deliver the same quality instruction SUNY Canton is known for to anyone, anywhere in an accelerated format,” said Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, “The abbreviated course schedule allows students to catch up or get ahead between traditional fall and spring semesters.”

The U.S. News online rankings for 2017 are available on their website.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Breaks Winterterm Enrollment Record

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Winterterm 2016-17Enrollment for SUNY Canton’s online Winterterm session has reached an all-time record for the third consecutive year.

Total enrollment for the 2016-17 session is 1,474, which surpasses the previous record of 1,434, set last year. Classes began Dec. 21 and continue through Jan. 19.

According to Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, the session’s popularity is due to the variety of course offerings and the college’s reputation for excellence in online learning. Approximately 100 courses were available in an array of subjects, including finance, business, marketing, art history and creative writing.

“Our Winterterm session delivers the same quality instruction SUNY Canton is known for to anyone, anywhere in an accelerated format,” she said. “The four-week course schedule allows students to catch up or get ahead on credits between the fall and spring semesters from the comfort of their home.”

Mott noted that a large percentage of Winterterm enrollees are those who attend institutions other than SUNY Canton.

“As in the past, a significant number of students from public and private colleges throughout New York — such as Stony Brook, Syracuse University and Binghamton University — utilize our course offerings year after year.”

Off-term sessions such as Winterterm support SUNY system-wide completion goals by allowing students the flexibility to earn credits that may help them graduate on time or even early. Another advantage of the online session, Mott said, is that the college guarantees every course that is advertised will be offered.

SUNY Canton’s online degree programs have been ranked among the best in the country for three years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, several online programs have been specifically recognized by independent research organizations for their affordability, such as Finance, Legal Studies, Nursing, Health Care Management and Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership.

Winterterm’s growth closely mirrors the college’s online Summer Session, which has also enjoyed a significant increase in enrollments for the past three consecutive years.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton’s Emergency Management Degree Ranked First in Nation

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Emergency Management - Best Online Degree ProgramsSUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management was ranked as the best program of its kind in the country by the Emergency Management Degree Program Guide.

The program jumped from eighth place in 2014 to the top spot this year, primarily due to high graduation rates and affordable tuition.

The website praised the program, saying, “armed with a rare set of resources, from connections with local government agencies to state-of-the-art technologies like a Virtual Emergency Operations Center and Graphical Information System software, this program has the curious ability to make long-distance learning feel three-dimensional.”

“We are incredibly proud to be ranked number one in the country for our online Emergency Management program,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our faculty are focused on ensuring that our students gain both the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience that prepares them for immediate employment in the field.”

The Emergency Management degree is one of SUNY Canton’s signature online programs. Students are able to participate in exercises and complete internships with local, state and federal agencies. Career opportunities for graduates include positions at public and private emergency and disaster management entities, as well as hospitals and public health agencies.

“SUNY Canton’s Emergency Management program uses cutting-edge incident management and emergency operating center technology to prepare students for success,” said Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Jondavid S. DeLong. “We are pleased that the program has been recognized both for its quality and affordability.”

For more information about the program, visit http://www.canton.edu/business/eadm/ or contact Curriculum Coordinator Michael J. O’Connor, Ph.D. at 315-379-3948 or
oconnorm@canton.edu.

The site’s rankings can be found at http://www.emergency-management-degree.org/best/emergency-management-bachelors-degrees-online/.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty
members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.