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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.

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.

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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

Enrollment 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.

SUNY Canton Summer Session Enrollment Continues to Climb

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

SUNY Canton OnlineEnrollment for SUNY Canton’s online Summer Session has been growing steadily for three consecutive years in a row.

The college currently has 1,862 enrollments, which is an increase from 1,782 last year and 1,743 in 2014.

The Summer Session, which runs from May 26 until late August, consists of courses ranging from five to eight weeks. Students can choose from more than 130 courses in a variety of topics including art, management, law, economics and history.

“One of the reasons why our online Summer and Winterterm sessions are so popular is because we offer an array of subjects, allowing students plenty of opportunities to earn credit in the area of their choice,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “Our courses can help them catch up, graduate early or satisfy prerequisites for their major.”

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Mott noted that the sessions are not only utilized by SUNY Canton students, but from public and private schools throughout the state and the entire country, since credits are easily transferrable to their home institution.

“Over the years, we have built a strong reputation for our off-term courses,” she said. “We consistently see a large contingent of students enrolling from Syracuse University, Siena College, the University of Wisconsin, as well as many other SUNY schools, such as Binghamton and Stony Brook,” Mott said.

The Summer Session’s growth has mirrored the college’s Winterterm session, which has also realized an upward enrollment trend for the past several 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Online Programs Move Up in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

US News World ReportSUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree programs have once again been named among best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

SUNY Canton jumped from 58th place in 2015 to 49th in the most recent rankings, becoming one of only five colleges in New York state to finish in the top 50. Programs were scored on various categories including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation.

SUNY Canton currently offers ten exclusively online baccalaureate degrees in a number of disciplines, including heath care, finance, management, criminal justice and nursing.

“We at SUNY Canton are exceedingly proud of the quality of our online academic programs,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D. “They enable our students to reach their highest potential.”

Now in its fifth year, the U.S. News & World Report online program rankings are a resource for students and working adults who are increasingly seeking online education programs for degree completion and career advancement. Prospective students can use the searchable directory to explore factors such as tuition, program offerings and online services.

The 2016 rankings were released Jan. 12 and can be found at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings.

In addition to the U.S. News rankings, SUNY Canton has garnered a number of other awards for online program quality and affordability during the past two years. SR Education Group has named the college’s bachelor’s degrees in Finance, Legal Studies and Nursing among the most economical in the nation. Affordable Colleges Online also chose SUNY Canton’s four-year Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership and Legal Studies degrees as the most cost-effective programs of their kind in the country.

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Sets New Enrollment Record for Winterterm Session

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

SUNY Canton’s popular online Winterterm session has broken an enrollment record for the second year in a row.

Total enrollment for 2015 is 1,434, which surpasses the 2014 record of 1,322. The session began Dec. 16 and continues through Jan. 14.

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According to Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, the upward trend is due to a number of factors, including the college’s reputation for excellence in online learning, its student-centered policies and the expansion of course offerings.

“This year more than 100 courses were available in an array of disciplines, including business, finance, criminal justice and social science,” she said. “The variety appeals to students from not only the SUNY system, but from private colleges in New York state and across the country. They can earn credits that are transferrable to their home institution.”

SUNY Canton has been offering online courses during the Winterterm break since 2005, which originally consisted of 160 enrollments and 18 courses. Throughout the past 10 years, the college has seen a dramatic increase in demand for online courses and has attracted a large contingent of students from schools such as Syracuse University, Stony Brook University, SUNY Albany and SUNY Binghamton.

The college’s virtual classroom format allows students to catch up or get ahead on credits between the fall and spring semesters, which directly supports SUNY system-wide goals for access and completion. Another advantage of the online session, Mott said, is that the college guarantees every course that is advertised will be offered.

The successful Winterterm session follows on the heels of a record-breaking 2015 online Summer Session, which has seen a significant increase in enrollments during the past three 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.