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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 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

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.

SUNY Canton Announces New Homeland Security Degree

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

SUNY Canton has added to its number of in-demand, career-oriented majors with the announcement of a new homeland security bachelor of technology degree.

“The Homeland Security Program is the perfect complement to both the criminal investigation and the law enforcement leadership programs,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner. “Regardless of their major, students will be able to take advantage of course offerings in any of these programs to individualize their approach to their future careers in criminal justice.”


The State University of New York and the State Department of Education have both granted approval for the new program. Students can apply immediately for enrollment for the Fall 2012 semester.

“We created this program to add another specialized area of education to our options available in the overall criminal justice field,” said Susan Buckley, an associate professor and the criminal investigation department chair. “The homeland security major will prepare students to deter motivated attacks on private and public assets. They will learn how to protect people, property and infrastructures.”

Buckley explained graduates of the program would potentially be eligible to work in a private security firm, private industry, or a federal, state, or local criminal justice agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (the investigative branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), the International Criminal Police Organization, the FBI, and the Transportation Security Administration, among others.

“Where it differs from our current programs is homeland security students will be able to identify a wide range of threats, both foreign and domestic, and be appropriately prepared to respond to those threats,” said Paul R. Bowdre, an assistant professor and a lead faculty member in the new program.

Among key changes in the scope of learning is the integration of technology to monitor and respond to terrorist threats, including fiscal, human resource, and technological concerns.

SUNY Canton is renowned for its course offerings and esteemed faculty in its criminal justice curricula. Criminal investigation was the College’s first four-year degree and began in 1998.

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