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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.

Sign Up for Thursday’s Virtual Open House at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

SUNY Canton will be holding a virtual open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 for students from anywhere with a computer and Internet access.

The open house is offered through the same software used to offer the college’s popular online courses and is designed for students who are interested in one or more of the college’s 10 online degree programs.

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Prospective students can sign up by emailing admissions@canton.edu with their full name, date of birth, intended major and email address. To learn more about our online degrees, please visit: www.canton.edu/ol.

It will be the final open house of the Fall 2015 semester. It is expected to complement the exceptional recruiting efforts orchestrated by the Office of Admissions. More than 420 students visited the campus in person during the three open house events recently held at the college.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas.

The survey, which evaluates the 27 state-operated SUNY colleges and university centers, is conducted every three years and assesses student satisfaction in more than 50 areas. SUNY Canton earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services.

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“We’re extremely gratified that our students highly value our exceptional resources,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We’re committed to ensuring their success, and these results—evaluated by the students themselves—prove it.”

The Southworth Library Learning Commons has most recently enhanced the laptop and iPad loan program; integrated Quick Response Codes, video and podcasts to meet patron needs; and expanded hours during exam periods.

“The Southworth Library Learning Commons is a focal point of engagement for the campus community,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “It is rich in academic resources, including our Tutoring Center, which offers both professional and peer tutors who support our students’ academic needs.”

The survey also measured SUNY Canton against six peer technology-sector institutions: Alfred State, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Maritime. SUNY Canton took the top spot in 13 areas, one of which was the quality of the college’s laboratory facilities.

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“The college’s state-of-the-art nursing, veterinary technology, engineering technology labs, as well as the newly constructed Business Learning Center, are just a few examples of facilities that support hands-on, applied learning, which is a hallmark of SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D.

Another area that students ranked first among technology-sector schools was SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services, which offers a number of resume writing, interview and networking workshops, as well as individualized coaching for those who are entering the work force. In addition, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the office brought nearly 100 local and regional employers to campus to recruit students for job opportunities.

“We like to begin working with first-year students in developing their resumes and creating a plan,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman. “They continue to use our services throughout their academic career to obtain summer jobs or internships that enhance their educational knowledge. All these experiences prepare our students to begin their professional careers.”

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Within the academic arena, students praised the availability of online courses, ranking the college first in the technology sector. Over the past several years, SUNY Canton has enjoyed increased growth in online course enrollments, due in large part to expanded course offerings. This year the college’s online programs were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“SUNY Canton’s online courses offer the same high-quality instruction as a traditional classroom setting,” added Mott. “In addition, our Summer Session and Winterterm courses help students finish in four years, which supports SUNY System-wide goals for access and completion.”

Additional areas that earned the top spot in the survey when compared to technology-sector schools included athletic and recreational facilities, health and wellness programs, religious and spiritual programs and social media presence.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 Continues Record-Breaking Summer Session

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

SUNY Canton’s Summer Session has reached an enrollment record for the second year in a row.

The college saw approximately 1,782 enrollments as of June 2, a day after courses began. Comparatively, the college had 1743 Summer Session enrollments last year and 1550 in 2013.

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The college uses enrollments to measure overall growth of its supplementary sessions to count students who have enrolled in more than one course. Approximately 1,130 students enrolled in about 160 courses this year.

“Our online Summer Session and Winterterm courses help students finish in four years,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “Many students from other colleges often enroll in our courses to fulfill their general education requirements. The courses help SUNY Canton support SUNY System-wide goals for access and completion.”

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The top three colleges with students enrolled in Summer Session other than SUNY Canton were Syracuse University, SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Albany. The majority of courses are offered online, allowing students to continue with summer jobs and vacations while completing their coursework.

SUNY Canton offers the same high-quality instruction as a traditional classroom setting. “Our faculty members present interesting courses on in-demand topics in a very accessible format,” Mott said.

Summer Session Enrollments by Year

The college anticipates continuing its record-breaking enrollment streak next year by offering even more Summer Session courses.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton Staffer Tops 200 mpg in a Home-Built Automobile

Friday, April 24th, 2015

SUNY Canton OnLine staff member Jerry J. Bartlett has once again proven that he can top the fuel efficiency of some of the most modern vehicles on the market with his home-built diesel coupe.

Bartlett, who graduated from the college in 2004, recently competed in the 11th annual Toyota Green Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International racetrack. Bartlett rallied for a second year in his home-built diesel Urba Centurion and picked up an award for the most innovative vehicle.

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“All of the parts of the car are designed to work together,” he said. “The body’s aerodynamic design allows it to cut through the wind. The three-cylinder Kubota engine maximizes fuel efficiency and gives it enough horsepower to achieve highway speeds.”

Final tallies estimate his creation at about 250 mpg. In comparison, the Toyota Prius is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rated at 51 mpg, and the Tesla Model S is EPA rated at 95 mpg.

While the official results of the competition are not in, Bartlett expects to be in contention for the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award. He tied for the Green Grand Prix title last year against a completely electric vehicle.

Bartlett said his statistical data navigator Peter J. Cutler, assistant director of SUNY Potsdam’s Center for Graduate Studies, was instrumental in the record run. The two traveled 98 miles around the racetrack, using .391 gallons of diesel fuel, which cost $1.25.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

His car is based on designs by Robert Q. Riley. Bartlett first saw the Centurion plans in a 1982 copy of “Mechanix Illustrated.” A version of the car was used in the movie “Total Recall” for its futuristic appearance.

Bartlett said that much of the engineering and inspiration for his vehicle is a result of his involvement on an online Ecomodder Forum, which outlines everything from sustainable driving habits to electric vehicles. Many of the members of the online community participated and received awards at the rally.

“I want people to know that they can do what I have done,” he said. “It’s not easy, but it can be if you take it one piece at a time.”

The Toyota Green Grand Prix is an event dedicated to efficient auto technologies and fuels, energy management and ecological driving styles sponsored by a not-for-profit corporation of the same name.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Breaks Winterterm Enrollment Record

Friday, January 9th, 2015

SUNY Canton has reached an all-time enrollment record for the online Winterterm session, which began Dec. 17 and concludes Jan. 15.

“Our Winterterm session enrollment total is 1,322, which breaks our 2011 record of 1,311 enrollments,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “The session’s popularity continues to grow, due in large part to the expansion of course offerings.”

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Students were able to choose from more than 90 courses in business, finance, criminal justice, social science and other disciplines, which are accessible via computer anywhere. Students from across New York State and the entire country can earn credits that allow them to catch up or get ahead. The college has offered an entirely online Winterterm session since 2005, which consisted of 160 enrollments and 18 courses.

Open House April 25

SUNY Canton will hold its next Open House April 25. Prospective students and their families can enjoy a campus tour, meet current students, and speak with faculty and Admissions and Financial Aid staff. For more information, or to register, visit http://www.canton.edu/admissions/open_house.html.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

U.S. News & World Report Names SUNY Canton’s Online Programs Among Best in the Nation

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

US News Best Online ProgramsSUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree programs have been ranked among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Online Programs” list.

U.S. News placed the college at 58th, and the rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation and student services and technology.

“We are proud to be one of the leaders in online education in the State University of New York and nationally,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran. “U.S. News & World Report has recognized what so many of our students and graduates already know: that SUNY Canton is a great place to receive a quality online education.”

The college offers ten fully online baccalaureate programs in a number of disciplines, including finance, management, nursing and healthcare. Last year State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that SUNY Canton was chosen to offer ten online degrees as part of its Open SUNY initiative, which aims to be the nation’s largest distance learning environment.

The U.S. News ranking is the latest in a string of recent awards for the college’s online programs. SR Education Group named SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degrees in Legal Studies and Finance among the most affordable and accessible programs of their type, and the Emergency Management Degree Online Program Guide named the Emergency Management baccalaureate degree as one of the top 10 programs in the nation.

To see the entire U.S. News rankings for 2015, visit http://www.usnews.com/online.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Enrollment for SUNY Canton’s 2014-15 Winterterm Session Now Open

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Registration is open for SUNY Canton’s Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 17 and concludes Jan. 15, 2015.

More than 1,000 students have already enrolled in courses in business, finance, criminal justice, social science and other disciplines, which are accessible via computer anywhere.

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“Winter break is the perfect time for students to take advantage of SUNY Canton’s flexible, affordable classes in an online learning environment,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “They can earn credits that will help them fulfill graduation requirements, which makes it easier to graduate on time or early.”

More than 90 courses are available and offer the same high-quality, interactive learning that occurs in the classroom. Credits earned can also satisfy degree requirements at other SUNY schools, which supports SUNY’s goal to facilitate a seamless transfer of credits across campuses.

The Winterterm registration deadline is Dec. 16. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/winterterm/.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Blackboard Transition Officially Kicks Off

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The transition from ANGEL to the Blackboard Learn Course Management System (CMS) officially kicked off on September 18th. The SUNY Canton Office of OnLine Learning “Set the Table” for the Phase 1 pilot group with a restaurant inspired overview session, detailing the conversion. Phase 1 training will continue throughout the fall semester, leading up to Blackboard course delivery starting in the Spring 2014 semester for pilot courses.

The event concluded with a gift card drawing to the Campus Store. Assistant Professor of Mechanical Technology Lucas Craig, Ph.D (below) was the lucky winner. Pictured below from left to right are Learning Systems Manager Jerry Bartlett, Instructional Technologist Christina Smith, Craig, Online Learning Technician Mat Nichols, and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly Mott, Ph.D.

For additional information about the Blackboard transition, please visit the Online Learning Faculty Resources page at: http://www.canton.edu/ol/faculty.html

 

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SUNY Canton Legal Studies and Finance Degrees Named Among Most Affordable in the Nation

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s four-year bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Legal Studies are among the most economical online programs in the U.S, according to SR Education Group, an organization that advocates for accessible higher education.

The group surveyed and ranked schools based on affordability. To be considered for inclusion, colleges are required to offer programs that are entirely online.

Most Affordable Law Degrees“We completed extensive research into the cost of attending different online colleges to enable students to find the most affordable online degrees,” said Kimberly Wetter, marketing director for SR Education Group. “With the average price of college skyrocketing, forcing many students to rely on student loans to fund their education, we were impressed with SUNY Canton’s ability to continue to offer affordable online degrees.”

SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program, which was launched in 2006, was ranked 16th on the list. Students in the program have the opportunity to intern with law firms, courts, public defenders and district attorneys. Program graduates either attend law school or begin their careers working for law offices, government agencies or court facilities.
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The four-year bachelor’s degree in Finance, which was ranked 17th, allows students to develop knowledge of banking, financial markets, insurance, and financial planning and forecasting and use this knowledge to start or continue careers in these fields. Seniors in the program can take advantage of internship opportunities to build practical skills and establish industry connections.

“Students in our undergraduate four-year Finance and Legal Studies programs receive a quality and flexible course of study to prepare them for careers in each field,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “The recognized affordability of the programs relative to others like them makes them even more attractive to students and their families.

Last year SR Education Group announced that SUNY Canton’s Bachelor of Science Nursing program was also one of the most economical online programs in the nation. To view the entire list of rankings, visit www.onlineu.org.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.