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Students Give SUNY Canton Number One Rankings in Statewide Satisfaction Survey

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

SUNY Student Opinion SurveyResults from a 2018 SUNY Student Opinion Survey have placed SUNY Canton first in a host of categories related to academics, advising, career services, health services and facilities.

The survey is administered every three years to students at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers. It assesses satisfaction in more than 60 areas, and the college took the top spot in 14 SUNY-wide categories. The survey also compiled results from students in the seven technology-sector institutions, and SUNY Canton placed first in an additional 26 areas.

SUNY Canton’s number one rankings among the 27 state-operated colleges and university centers are:

  • Academic advising in a students’ major
  • Availability of faculty outside class
  • Career services
  • Assistance with finding employment during school
  • Study areas
  • Classroom facilities
  • Course-related laboratories
  • Tutoring services
  • Class size
  • Access to computers and related technology
  • Library resources
  • Library services
  • Health services
  • Counseling services

Students tell the camera that SUNY Canton is number 1!

The college’s additional number-one rankings among its peer tech-sector schools are:

  • General academic advising
  • Non-teaching staff respect for students
  • Faculty/instructor respect for students
  • Residence hall services and programs
  • Campus center/student union
  • General condition of buildings and grounds
  • Athletic and recreational facilities
  • Financial aid services
  • Quality of instruction
  • Availability of general education courses
  • Course registration process
  • Availability of online courses
  • Computing support services
  • College computer network
  • Intercollegiate athletic programs
  • Student government
  • Recreation and intramural programs
  • Guest speakers outside class
  • Educational programs regarding alcohol and substance abuse
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Student input in college policies
  • Your social support network on campus
  • Services to support off-campus and commuter students
  • Services to support transfer students
  • Intra-campus transportation
  • College bookstore services

“This year, SUNY Canton received more number-one rankings than ever before, and I am incredibly proud of the effort our entire campus has put forth to earn these scores,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Student feedback is the most important measure of our success, so it’s gratifying to see we’re continuing to excel in areas that we traditionally have held first-place rankings in, such as library services and tutoring, while also earning top scores in new areas, such as academic advising in a major, availability of faculty outside of class, course-related laboratories, and access to computers and related technology.”

Fred Saburro tutors a student in the Mathematics lab.

Many of the college’s recent initiatives align with the categories in which SUNY Canton received the highest rankings, notably classroom and lab facilities.

“We debuted a state of the art Digital Studio/Game Design Lab last fall, which is an environment unlike any other on campus. It’s a high-tech space where students from diverse programs—Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and Technological Communications—can come together to learn, innovate, and bring their ideas to life.”

Other facility enhancements include a “flex classroom” where lectures are broadcast live and recorded for later viewing. Students have the option of attending class in person or online, which is particularly important for non-traditional and commuter students who may have family and career obligations.

Students studying in Southworth Library

Study Time at Southworth – Students study on the top floor of SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons during finals week.

“The Student Opinion Survey results reflect the college’s mission to help students achieve their full potential both personally and professionally,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “These scores show our strong commitment to their success.”

In the wellness area, the Davis Health Center and the Counseling Center both received SUNY-wide first-place rankings.

“Our counseling and health services departments provide exceptional care to students without them having to step foot off campus,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Both areas are staffed with professionals poised to meet the needs of our students during their most trying times.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking (and second-place ranking SUNY-wide) in the off-campus and commuter support services category intersects with an effort to provide new opportunities for students to participate in activities virtually. More than 60 campus events were live-streamed last year for those unable to attend in person, and a new varsity esports team allows online students to compete remotely. The Office of Career Services, which placed first SUNY-wide, held online professional clothing and job fairs.

“We have found that enhancing offerings for online students actually benefits all students,” said Bish. “From streaming and capturing events to hosting interactive programming, we have provided opportunities for everyone to engage with campus life at times that are convenient for them.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking in financial aid services coincides with the college’s successful implementation of the Excelsior Scholarship program, which benefitted more than 150 students last year.

SUNY Canton’s Creative Advising Program Recognized for Reaching Students

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Two staff members from SUNY Canton’s Advising and First Year Programs office come to work dressed in colorful costumes during the tenth week of classes every semester. They roam around campus dressed as gnomes, aliens, superheroes or other characters with the specific goal of getting students to register early for their next semester classes.

“We started doing this as a fun way to get students’ attention,” said Sharon Tavernier, director of the Advising office. “Then we realized that we were talking directly to about 500 students on that day. We also use the pictures of us in costume as a way to get the word out on social media, casting that influence even wider.”

SUNY Canton Director of Advising and First Year Programs Sharon Tavernier and Retention Specialist Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin dressed as Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games.

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Director of Advising and First Year Programs Sharon Tavernier and Retention Specialist Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin dressed as Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games. The duo wear extravagant costumes and interact with students to promote early registration at the college.

Since Tavernier and her colleague Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin, the college’s retention specialist, began wearing costumes, about 20 percent more students have started registering earlier than in years past.

The two employees presented their innovative ways to connect with students and their overall successes at a recent National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Verona. Their conference session was so popular that they’ve been asked to present it again at the national NACADA conference held Oct. 14 in St. Louis, Mo.

“Sharon and Marianne’s advocacy helps students sign up earlier, which further helps us anticipate the number of course sections needed each semester,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “It is also really fun to see them dressed up.”

The Advising and First Year Programs office works with new and continuing students to help them understand their degree progress.  They also administer the college’s First Year Experience and provide college success tips.  They provide workshop opportunities for faculty advisors and orchestrate the Stellar Advisor Award, a chance for students to nominate their faculty advisors.

 

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.

‘Ready Center’ Opens in SUNY Canton’s Campus Center

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

SUNY Canton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 28 to unveil the college’s new Ready Center, following a distinctive and unprecedented plan to centralize student-focused resources.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Roody Roo (the college’s mascot) join international students Poornima Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, Mohammed Tasdikul Hoque and Lakeesha Watuthanthrige Perera for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the college’s new Ready Center.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Roody Roo (the college’s mascot) join international students Poornima Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, Mohammed Tasdikul Hoque and Lakeesha Watuthanthrige Perera for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the college’s new Ready Center.

The Ready Center brings together three departments: Advising and First-Year Programs, Career Services, and International Programs. The new location in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center aims to assist students in reaching their academic and career goals by providing services in a “one-stop-shop” format.

“Students will visit the Ready Center during every stage of their academic career at SUNY Canton,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Our staff will guide them through their transition from high school to college; connect them with internship, employment, or post-graduate opportunities; and even help them to choose an exciting study-abroad experience.”

The brand new SUNY Canton Ready Center houses the college’s Academic Advising, Career Services and International Programs offices and staff in a large open space within the Campus Center. The student-focused offices can help students with all facets of their time at college, according to SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The brand new SUNY Canton Ready Center houses the college’s Academic Advising, Career Services and International Programs offices and staff in a large open space within the Campus Center. The student-focused offices can help students with all facets of their time at college, according to SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The concept for the Ready Center was modeled on the successful “One-Hop Shop” project that was completed in 2014, which combined several key administrative offices into one location. There, students have access to the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office and College Association services.

“We are constantly looking for ways in which we can help our students maximize the value and efficiency of their time on campus by putting related offices under one roof,” Szafran said. “An added benefit is that the Ready Center is just steps away from the One-Hop Shop, the Student Activities Office, campus eateries, the book store, mailroom and Davis Health Center.”

The Ready Center has been operating for nearly a month, and initial feedback from students has been positive.

Pictured are the SUNY Canton Ready Center staff (l to r): Career Services Counselor Kathryn Kennedy; Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier from the Advising Center; Shelly L. Thompson and Kathleen Ba from the International Initiatives Office, and Teresa L. Clemmo and Julie Parkman from the Career Services Office.

Pictured are the SUNY Canton Ready Center staff (l to r): Career Services Counselor Kathryn Kennedy; Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier from the Advising Center; Shelly L. Thompson and Kathleen Ba from the International Initiatives Office, and Teresa L. Clemmo and Julie Parkman from the Career Services Office.

“It is a rewarding feeling to see students leave my office feeling like they have accomplished more than expected in one visit,” said Coordinator for International Student Initiatives Erin Lassail. “I can rest assured knowing they achieved what was needed and are not leaving an appointment feeling overwhelmed.”

The Ready Center, located in Room 224 of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

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 Academic Advising Drop-In Center Grand Opening, Feb 9

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

 

The SUNY Canton Academic Advising Drop-In Center will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 09, in Campus Center Room 222.

Sharon Tavernier works with two students in the new Academic Advising Center.

Sharon Tavernier works with two students in the new Academic Advising Center.

“The Academic Advising Drop-In Center was created as a supplement to faculty advising,” noted SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Diane Muehl, who is overseeing the center. “Students can stop by to ask questions about the programs and services available on campus and learn about the tools available to make the best use of their time at the college.”

The Advising Center was created by SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble and is currently staffed by Muehl and Sharon Tavernier, a representative of the Academic Services and Retention Division. Trumble is scheduled to speak at the ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.