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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 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.

New York State Open Government Executive Director Addresses FOIL During SUNY Canton Presentation

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Robert FreemanRobert J. Freeman, executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government will be presenting about the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Meetings at 3 p.m., April 5, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater.

Students from SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program will have a close connection with the topical subject matter, according to Assistant Professor Alexander Lesyk.

“Awareness of the Freedom of Information Law, the Open Meetings Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law is fundamental to navigating the complex relationship between citizens and their government,” he said. “This lecture is designed to help our students and community learn to be meaningful participants and stewards alongside our elected officials.”

Shortly after FOIL was created in 1974, Freeman quickly became a known authority on the law. His office is now a definitive source for what is and isn’t public information. Members of the media, lawyers and insurance companies frequently file FOIL requests to state and local governments. However, anyone can invoke the law to request the information behind governmental decisions. In some cases, individuals have issued FOIL requests for environmental data, or resumes of elected officials and appointed administrators.

Freeman has addressed numerous government related organizations, bar associations, and media groups in addition to lecturing at colleges and universities. He has addressed open government laws and concepts throughout the United States, as well as Canada, East Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He also taught the only course in an American law school on public access to government information.

Stephen D. Button, St. Lawrence County Attorney said, “In addition to being one of the foremost authorities on public information and the public’s right to knowledge in the State, Mr. Freeman is one of the very best presenters I’ve ever seen.”

Freeman is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Associated Press Association.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Contact the St. Lawrence County Attorney’s Office by phone (315) 379-2269 or email mzera@stlawco.org to make reservations

SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program and St. Lawrence County are cosponsoring Freeman’s lecture and are continuing a partnership to provide quality legal-based education in the North 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 Hosts Annual Mock Trial Tournament for Area High Schools

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Area high schools have begun competing in this year’s SUNY Canton Mock Trial Tournament. Students began prosecuting and defending opposing sides of a topical case this week, and will continue the series of spirited legal proceedings through April 8.

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The goal of the Mock Trial Program, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association (NSBA), the New York Bar Foundation, and the Law, Youth, & Citizenship (LYC) Program, is to teach high school students critical debating and trial skills. In preparing for their roles as attorneys and witnesses, high school student teams obtain first-hand knowledge of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, ethics, civility, and professionalism, as well as a greater understanding of the fundamental rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.

Each year, the assigned case reflects important current legal issues. This year, the schools will be arguing a criminal proceeding involving the suppression of evidence in an illegal drug case.

More than 350 teams representing thousands of students and 1,500 volunteer attorney coaches participate in the New York Statewide Mock Trial Program. Area participants include teams from Hammond Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Massena Central High School, Morristown Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy, and Potsdam Central High School.

The judges who will preside in this year’s competitions include Marcia LaMay, the President of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association, Canton Town Justice Cathleen O’Horo, Jondavid DeLong, the Dean of SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts, Surrogate’s Court Attorney Michelle Ladouceur, Former District Attorney Nicole Duvé, and SUNY Canton Legal Studies faculty members William Jones and Rosemary Philips.

County winners will compete in regional tournaments in April and the top team from each of New York State’s six regions will then participate in the State Finals in Albany, New York in May.

Competitions will be held on designated days in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

For more information, or for a complete schedule of cases, please contact Alexander Lesyk, SUNY Canton assistant professor and legal studies curriculum coordinator, by phone (315) 386-7517 or email lesyka@canton.edu.

 

SUNY Canton Legal Studies Program Named Among Nation’s Best

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Best Online Colleges Paralegal 2016SUNY Canton’s online Legal Studies bachelor’s degree program was ranked third in the country for 2016 by Affordable Colleges Online.

The program is the only four-year undergraduate degree of its kind in the SUNY system and is one of the college’s signature online programs. Faculty members include current and former attorneys, which allows students to learn from professionals working in the public and private sectors.

The program prepares students for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, occupational health and safety specialists, and contract administrators. It also serves as a pre-law program for students looking to enter law school.

“Students learn a variety of skills while earning their degree,” said Assistant Professor and Legal Studies Curriculum Coordinator Alexander Lesyk. “We begin teaching them fundamental concepts of law and the structure of the legal system. Then we advance to more specialized topics, such as legal research, environmental law and Native American law.”

Online Paralegal Degree Center - Most Affordable Programs 2015Lesyk added that a unique aspect of the program is the option for students to complete a semester-long internship. “The real-world exposure helps students jump-start their careers by making job connections while still in school,” he said.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the job outlook for paralegals and legal assistants is expected to increase 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. The average median pay for those in the legal assistant field in 2014 was $48,350.

The Legal Studies degree was also recently recognized as one of the most affordable programs in the country by the Online Paralegal Degree Center. It was one of only two New York schools to make the list.

Both rankings can be found at http://www.online-paralegal-degree.org/affordable-online-paralegal-degree-programs/ and http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/paralegal-programs/.

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 Online Degrees Garner National Recognition for Affordability

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Affordable Colleges OnlineAffordable Colleges Online has chosen SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership and Legal Studies as two of the most economical online programs of their kind in the nation.

The 2015 list ranked both programs at 36th in the country. In addition to affordability, degrees were rated on quality, graduate job placement, flexibility and low student-to-faculty ratio.

“We are proud that SUNY Canton is once again being recognized as a leader in online learning,” said President Zvi Szafran. “These programs provide students an excellent educational experience at an affordable price, coupled with an invaluable opportunity to balance work, family commitments and education.”

The Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership degree offers a blend of public service and business courses to prepare students for supervisory positions in law enforcement agencies. It is one of only a few programs in the country that allows qualified students to finish their studies at a certified law enforcement academy.

The Legal Studies program is the only four-year undergraduate program of its kind in the SUNY system. It prepares students for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, occupational health and safety specialists, and contract administrators. It has also served as a pre-law program for several students looking to enter law school.

“We wanted to highlight schools that are driving innovative learning and meeting the demands of students,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “These schools are not only offering excellent criminal justice degree programs, but they are expanding their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”

To view the rankings in their entirety, visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/criminal-justice-programs/. For more information about SUNY Canton’s degree programs, visit www.canton.edu.

 

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 provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton to Host St. Lawrence County High School Mock Trial Tournament

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

SUNY CantonArea high school students will compete in the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Tournament from March 2 to 18 at SUNY Canton.

Six St. Lawrence County schools, coached by local attorneys, will argue a civil case involving the alleged embezzlement of funds. Participating local high schools will include Hammond Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Morristown Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy and Potsdam High School.

The goal of the tournament, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association; the New York Bar Foundation; and the Law, Youth, & Citizenship Program, is to teach high school students basic trial skills. In preparing for their roles as attorneys and witnesses, students obtain first-hand knowledge of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, ethics, civility and professionalism, as well as gain a greater understanding of the fundamental rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.

“Student competitors will not only be exposed to various facets of the law, but will also hone important life skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and reasoning,” said SUNY Canton Legal Studies Assistant Professor and Tournament Coordinator Alexander Lesyk, J.D. “SUNY Canton is honored to have the opportunity to host this cooperative venture between our local high schools, members of the legal profession and the college.”

The county winner will compete in the regional tournament, and the top team from each of New York State’s six regions will then participate in the state final in Albany in May.

Several judges, including St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards, St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, and St. Lawrence County Surrogate Court Judge John F. Richey, as well as the President of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association Marcia LeMay, will preside in each competition.

For more information about the tournament, contact Lesyk at (315) 386-7517.

 

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 provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Wins 31 Consecutive Criminal Prosecution Appeals

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

A SUNY Canton Legal Studies assistant professor has marked a milestone in his law career.

Alexander Lesyk, J.D., has won 31 prosecution appeals consecutively since September 2013. The appeals supported convictions in cases involving a wide range of criminal charges.

Alexander Lesyk“Our students benefit from receiving their education from a practicing attorney with Assistant Professor Lesyk’s breadth of experience,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of liberal arts. “We pride ourselves on our faculty members’ ability to use real-world knowledge in the classroom.”

Lesyk, a former chief public defender for Franklin County, and a former chief assistant district attorney for St. Lawrence County, served as assistant district attorney for appeals during the last quarter of former District Attorney Nicole Duvé’s tenure. He was then named a special prosecutor in St. Lawrence County in January, and is responsible for appeals in criminal cases in which the current District Attorney’s office has a conflict. The appeals won represent every case that Lesyk has been assigned to date.

He is currently the curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies bachelor’s degree program. He also instructs in the college’s Criminal Justice and Funeral Services Administration programs. He was recently also named the county coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Program, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. The mock trials pit local high school teams coached by area attorneys against each other in simulated civil or criminal cases.

Lesyk graduated from Fordham University Law School in 1982 and has won numerous awards in criminal law, admiralty, and indigent defense.

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.

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.
Most Affordable Finance Degrees

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.

Military Law Workshop at SUNY Canton, April 6

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The SUNY Canton Legal Studies Department will be holding a special workshop on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Representatives from the Fort Drum Judge Advocate General’s Office will be on campus for a Military Law Workshop at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the Miller Campus Center. They will be joining Legal Studies faculty members to discuss the military aspects of divorce and representation of clients before the Veteran’s Administration, among other topics.

While this workshop is free and open to the public, it will be of special interest to attorneys, local magistrates, members of the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association, students in the Legal Studies program, and area veterans. For more information, or to register, contact Colonel Carl J. Disalvatore, an Adjunct Instructor in the Legal Studies program at disalvatorec@canton.edu or 315-486-0754.

SUNY Canton to Expand Relations with American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Bosnia AgreementSUNY Canton is looking to expand relations with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH).

SUNY Canton began offering its four-year Financial Services and Information Technology programs to 130 students at AUBiH last fall. This initiative began following a 2006 visit to Canton by Denis Prcic, Chairman of AUBiH.

Prcic recently revisited SUNY Canton to develop new joint degrees and work with the high-tech tools that the college uses to deliver its online classes through SUNY CantonOL.

“Our College of International Banking links well with the SUNY Canton School of Business and Public Service,” Prcic said. “SUNY Canton’s unique and experienced business professors make it possible for our students to advance their education and further adapt to the changing global economies.”

In order to achieve this union, SUNY Canton will continue to meet the highly stringent standards of both the State University of New York and of the governing entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline Graveline. SUNY Canton is the only college working with AUBiH in this capacity.

“We are currently investigating the viability of offering more programs to AUBiH students,” Graveline said. “Incoming Provost Dr. William Trumble and I will be working with Denis (Prcic) on potentially offering the Legal Studies program and courses in Risk Management and Marketing as the next steps in the planned growth of AUBiH and our partnership.”

The SUNY Canton Legal Studies program will help AUBiH establish a program in International Law and business classes will help establish a program in Marketing.

Graveline and other top-ranking college officials are planning to visit Prcic in Bosnia this year. She mentioned that students may attend SUNY Canton in person during the Summerterm 2009 semester, building upon the previous success of summer exchange students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2007.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.