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Registration Opens for SUNY Canton’s 2012-13 Winterterm

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s extremely popular Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 19 and concludes Jan. 15, 2013.

Winterterm 12-13

The classes are accessible via computer anywhere, which is convenient for local students and distance-learners alike.

“SUNY Canton has a reputation for providing quality courses, and our online offerings are no exception,” said Kyle Brown, SUNY Canton’s director of information services and online learning. “Our faculty members are extremely experienced in teaching online, and the thousands of students who have completed classes during Winterterm and Summerterm can speak to the quality of instruction they have received.”

Courses are not only open to SUNY Canton students, but those from other colleges as well. Brown said the college’s course offerings have become tremendously popular. “SUNY Canton has seen an approximate 20 percent enrollment growth each year, and we anticipate that trend to continue,” he said.

Courses in business, finance, criminal justice, social science and other disciplines will be offered. The entire course listing can be found at www.canton.edu/winterterm.

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SUNY Canton’s Summer Session Breaks Enrollment Records

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Summer Session 2012SUNY Canton’s Summer Session has broken enrollment records for the fifth consecutive year.

“We are very proud of our Summer Session growth and the faculty who continue to make our summer terms successful,” noted Carli C. Schiffner, the College’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our expansion and outreach allow us to help students get ahead or catch up to their graduation timeline goals.”

To date, almost 1,800 students have enrolled this summer, and one more session is about to begin. Currently, total enrollment is up more than 20 percent from Summer Session 2011, which broke the previous year’s records with 1,400 enrollments.

“Almost 150 of our 170 Summer Session courses are being offered through SUNY Canton OnLine, allowing students to enroll from anywhere,” said Kyle Brown, SUNY Canton’s director of online learning and information services. “We’ve seen a surge of students enroll from other colleges around the country and even internationally.”

Much of the growth is attributed to the course selection, which includes many core courses or general education credits applicable to many popular majors at all SUNY colleges and most private universities, according to Brown. Students and faculty members have explained that the abbreviated but intensive online format lends fits well into the summer months, leaving time open for vacations, family obligations and work schedules.

There are also several unique and advanced course offerings during Summer Session including a course on serial killers and their victims taught online by Criminal Investigation Assistant Professor Elizabeth A. Erickson, and a traditional classroom based section of digital photography, taught by Graphic and Multimedia Design Instructor Jason E. Hubbard.

The final term of Summer Session begins on July 9. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/courses/summer.html.

SUNY Canton has also set new enrollment records for six consecutive years in overall college enrollment and for five straight years in Winterterm enrollment. The College recently broke its all-time application record for the fourth straight year and has received more than 6,400 applications for the Fall 2012 Semester.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Serves More Than 6,000 Students in 2011

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

More students and a fresh new look made 2011 a banner year of growth and innovation at SUNY Canton.

Approximately 6,092 students enrolled at SUNY Canton during the combined terms in 2011, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, including a record fall enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.

The 2011 total unduplicated headcount figure represents a 20 percent increase in the past two calendar years. In 2009, the College had a total combined enrollment of 5,103.

SUNY Canton

“We’ve grown our enrollment annually by offering in-demand majors taught by experienced and professional faculty who prepare students for their chosen careers.” Kennedy said. “Our supplementary semesters and online enrollments are growing rapidly alongside our traditional course offerings. We are reaching more students than ever before with our competitive hands-on programs and online courses.”

Among the semesters with the greatest growth were:

  • Winterterm 2010-2011 had approximately 1,170 enrollments, up 46 percent from the previous year.
  • Summer Session 2011 had approximately 1,430 enrollments, up 16 percent from the previous year.
  • Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006, and up 75 percent from Fall 2000, breaking the College’s all-time enrollment high.

In addition to the new enrollment highpoints, the College grew in almost every way. The following are some the highlights from the 2011 calendar year.

New Majors

SUNY Canton added bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and health and fitness promotion. The veterinary technology degree gives students in the two-year program more advanced options and has become one of the most popular new majors for incoming freshmen. Health and fitness promotion is an extension of the physical therapist assistant program and allows continuing study options for the program’s two-year graduates.

The new programs are continuing into 2012 and the College recently announced that it would be adding a Bachelor of Science in applied psychology for the Fall 2012 Semester.

SUNY Canton Campus Aerial

New Buildings                                 

SUNY Canton celebrated the completion of the new Grasse River Suites and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, during the fall 2011 semester. The College’s two newest buildings have dramatically enhanced the overall atmosphere of the campus and significantly aided the College’s overall growth.

  • The $45 million Roos House added a new field house, ice rink, pool, fitness center, and office space for athletic and coaching staff. Between home games and student recreation, the building has become a hub of activity on campus.
  • The $26 million Grasse River Suites offers upperclassmen an independent apartment-style living option on campus and is helping the College house more students than ever before. The newest residence hall was built without funding from New York State or its taxpayers.

The College is currently planning two additional residence halls to continue its overall physical expansion.

A New Look for canton.edu

SUNY Canton made significant design changes to its website, allowing for larger images and easier user navigation. In 2011, the website received more than 2.2 million visits and more than 5 million individual page views.

The largest growth in visits came from mobile devices. The college had more than 29,000 mobile visits in 2010, and more than 89,000 mobile visits in 2011.

Additionally, the website received visits from 191 countries, including Canada, Russia, China, India, England, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

SUNY Canton Website

Updated Commercials

To highlight the ongoing growth, the college updated its television commercials. Students highlight the most relevant additions and changes at the College, including new majors, new sports, and new buildings. The two new 30-second spots can be viewed on the College’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cantonpr/.

Kangaroos Move Forward

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos began its NCAA exploratory year, the first step in a process the College hopes will eventually lead to provisional and full-fledged Division III membership, The College began offering women’s volleyball and men’s golf in the past year, and new varsity teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin play this spring.

College starts in High School

SUNY Canton received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program on campus. The College also received a $200,000 grant from the State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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U.S. News and World Report: SUNY Canton Among Top-Ranked Online Colleges in the Nation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

US News RankingsSUNY Canton’s online courses and degree programs are among the best in the nation according to recently released rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

SUNY Canton was the highest ranked college or university in New York State in Student Services and Technology in the publications’ first ever Top Online Education Program Rankings, announced Tuesday.

“We have stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to online learning for several years and we are proud to see our time and energy recognized when compared to colleges from across the country,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our consistent online enrollment growth has shown us that people trust SUNY Canton when it comes to an affordable and easily accessible online education and this honor reaffirms the reasons for that trust.”

SUNY Canton ranked 34th nationally in Student Services and Technology, finishing ahead of all other schools in New York including Marist College, SUNY Delhi, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Utica College. The College was also ranked 114th in the nation in Teaching Practices and Student Engagement.

The College’s online efforts reinforce SUNY’s system-wide efforts to become a worldwide leader in online education, as noted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in her recent State of the University Address. Her remarks noted that SUNY has the potential to be the nation’s most extensive distance learning environment, connecting students with faculty and peers from across the state and throughout the world and giving them the access to the best in open educational resources.

“We were pleased to hear the Chancellor’s plans for SUNY’s future, particularly the ‘get down to business’ approach toward online education, lowering costs and enhancing productivity,” said President Kennedy. “We will continue to strive to reach and surpass the goals she has set for us. It’s an exciting time of great opportunity to progress forward for both SUNY Canton and the SUNY system.”

SUNY Canton’s online course offerings have become wildly popular over the last several years. Eleven years ago, the College offered four online classes and had 99 enrollments. To meet the demands of students today, the number of online courses offered is close to 200 and more than 4,000 students are scheduled to be enrolled in at least one course this year.

In addition to its online offerings during the academic year, SUNY Canton offers one of the largest winter and summer class sessions in the state. Close to 75 percent of students who take classes during either session each year are from other institutions from across New York and the country.

“Winterterm and Summer Session are so popular because they don’t require students to travel to campus or give up employment opportunities over their breaks,” said Director of Information Services and Online Learning Kyle Brown. “Online courses provide students with the flexibility and accessibility to educational opportunities they might not have otherwise been able to do.”

The College’s reputation in online learning is aided by the faculty’s extensive experience in providing a sophisticated online education. “The faculty members embrace online education and value the flexibility of learning online,” Brown said. “Teaching online courses isn’t for everyone. We select our faculty based on their ability to engage students in the online learning environment. They do incredible work.”

More information on the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/online-education.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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Registration Open for SUNY Canton’s 2011-12 Winterterm

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WintertermMore than 100 online courses are being offered during SUNY Canton’s upcoming Winterterm session and the College anticipates another year of record enrollments.

Registration for Winterterm is open and the session will begin Dec. 21 and will conclude Jan. 17, 2012. Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.

“SUNY Canton has asserted itself as one of the premier colleges for students to turn to between semesters to catch up or get ahead,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We provide one of the largest winter sessions in the state that is both accessible and affordable because the courses are online. We have a reputation for offering quality online courses thanks to the tireless work of our faculty and several student service and support offices across campus.”

Last year’s Winterterm session was the largest in SUNY Canton’s history. Nearly 1200 students from 204 colleges and universities spent their winter break taking a class during Winterterm, a 46 percent growth in enrollment since 2009-10. The session was more than seven times larger than the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session six years ago.

Director of Information Services and Online Learning Kyle Brown said he expects enrollment trends to mirror previous years including the number of non-SUNY Canton student enrollments. In 2010-11, more than 75 percent of the enrollments came from institutions other than SUNY Canton.

“Our enrollments come from all over the state and throughout the country,” Brown said. “We had students enroll from more than 30 SUNY schools last year, but we also see enrollments from students at Siena College, Kettering University, Cornell, Tulane, University of Tampa, Arizona State University and the University of Maryland,” Brown said. “Because Winterterm is online, we can meet the needs of students from all parts of the U.S.”

Brown noted this year’s session offers a comprehensive list of General Education courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed Foundations, as well as a variety of elective courses that will appeal to a wider range of students.

“The general education courses are always very popular because they satisfy so many requirements in many SUNY degree programs,” he said. “We’ll also have courses from business, finance, nursing, computer science, criminal justice, social science, history, and other disciplines.”

SUNY Canton began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, and 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment and Brown suggests that students register as early as possible through www.canton.edu/winterterm/.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Expects Record Summer Session

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Summer Session 2011SUNY Canton will offer its largest Summer Session to date and one of the most extensive in New York beginning in May.

The College will offer more than 150 courses with most being offered online but some being offered on campus. Summer Session begins May 31 and concludes August 5 and consists of five sessions where all courses offered are 15-week courses condensed into smaller time frames. The College offers five sessions to allow students to fit in several courses throughout the summer.

“The State University of New York wants campuses to offer general education requirements year-round, something SUNY Canton has been doing for several years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have the experience and are well-equipped to handle another year of record-breaking Summer Session enrollments and offer a quality education, all while better serving the entire SUNY community.”

General Education courses, or Gen Ed requirements, that fulfill certain major requirements across the entire SUNY system have been in the highest demand each of the past several years.

“We work to make these courses easily transferable to a student’s home institution,” said SUNY Canton’s OnLine Director Kyle Brown. “We anticipate these core courses, as well as our other career-driven course offerings, will fill up quickly.”

In 2010, The College saw a 47 percent increase from the year before with nearly 1,300 total enrollments. Since 2007, SUNY Canton’s summer programming has grown nearly 300 percent. Part of that success stems from an increase of online courses being offered through the College.

“One of the best parts about our summer offerings is that students can take classes from anywhere,” Brown said. “Because we offer the vast majority of our courses fully online, students don’t need to change their plans or find ways to travel to campus every day. With fuel and transportation costs rising, being able to take courses from home is not only convenient and affordable, but it also keeps more money in the student’s pocket.”

Brown notes another highlight of Summer Session is that it meets the demands and needs of more than just college students. “High school graduates and high school students who meet the course’s prerequisite requirements are also taking the opportunity to prepare them for work at the college level. We also work with students from various curriculums who are transitioning into a new career and are finding it necessary to continue their education.”

Course registration will open on Monday, April 25 and conclude on the first day of classes of each session. Course topics range from general education courses to offerings in many of SUNY Canton’s career-driven academic programs. For more information or to register, visit www.canton.edu/courses/summer.html.

 

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SUNY Canton Winterterm’s Record Enrollment Grows 46 Percent

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Nearly 1200 students from 204 colleges and universities spent their winter break taking a class during SUNY Canton’s Winterterm session.

Winterterm enrollment increased more than 46 percent from 2009-2010 and was more than seven times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session five years ago. The session was the largest in the College’s history.

“Our Winterterm session has experienced exceptional growth because we offer a wide variety of courses that students need and provide them with the flexibility of offering them online,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Winterterm has a reputation for its offerings and the quality of the faculty teaching that extends well beyond the North Country and New York State.”

Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties. The session’s enrollment numbers mirror the overall growth of the College. SUNY Canton has experienced all-time highs in enrollment for three consecutive years, including 3,700 students beginning this academic year.

Director of Online Learning Kyle Brown said there were several courses of the more than 100 offered that were popular with students in the session. “Many of the courses were full or near capacity,” he said. “Students turned to SUNY Canton not only to fulfill requirements, but also to take courses of interest to them.”

Brown noted that more than 75 percent of the enrollments came from institutions other than SUNY Canton.

“We had students enroll from Binghamton University, Siena College, Kettering University and the University of Maryland,” Brown said. “Because Winterterm is online, we can meet the needs of students from all parts of the country. Over the past five years, we’ve proven there are no boundaries with how far SUNY Canton’s Winterterm can reach or grow.”

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


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SUNY Canton Offers Largest Winterterm Selection

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Registration is open for SUNY Canton’s 2010-11 Winterterm, the largest and most comprehensive winter session in the College’s history and across all SUNY schools. Classes begin on Dec. 20, and conclude on Jan. 16, 2011.

More than 100 online courses will be offered, and the College anticipates more than 1100 enrollments from across the country.

“SUNY Canton is now the college that students turn to between semesters to catch up or get ahead,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students are attracted by our diverse course offerings and the fact that we are oftentimes more affordable than their home institution. The quality of our courses and professors, coupled with the convenience of taking courses online, makes our Winterterm and summer sessions among the most accessible programs out there.”

In 2009-10, the College had 800 enrollments in more than 60 courses for the winter session, a 45 percent increase from 2008-09. Nearly 80 percent of the students enrolled came from colleges and universities other than SUNY Canton, according to Kyle Brown, director of online learning.

“Last year’s Winterterm saw a large influx of students from notable private colleges and universities such as Syracuse University, the University of Albany, and Siena College,” he said. “This trend has continued during the first few weeks of this year’s registration.”

Brown noted that this year’s Winterterm offers a comprehensive list of General Education courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed Foundations. “The general education courses are always very popular because they satisfy so many requirements in many SUNY degree programs,” he said. “We have also expanded our offering of elective courses that appeal to a wider range of students. Courses from business, finance, nursing, computer science, criminal justice, social science, history, and a variety of other disciplines are being offered for the convenience of our students.”

In addition to the convenience and affordability of taking classes through Winterterm, Brown believes it’s the quality of the courses and faculty that have built the session’s reputation. “Our online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on our campus to our full time students. They are experts in the field and bring years of professional, hand-on experiences to their online courses.”

SUNY Canton began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, and 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment and Brown suggests that students register as early as possible through www.canton.edu/winterterm/.

SUNY Canton Offers Final Fall Open House Nov. 13

Students interested in attending SUNY Canton next fall are encouraged to register for the College’s final fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Prospective students and their families will enjoy a tour of campus, meet current students, speak with faculty, and speak with Admissions and Financial Aid staff.

The Admissions staff will also be offering Instant Admission on Saturday. Students interested in receiving their decision at Open House should bring an official copy of their high school transcript and a completed application.

To register for Open House, visit http://www.canton.edu/openhouse or contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions at 315-386-7123 or 800-388-7123.

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


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SUNY Canton Online Leaders Present at Annual Conference

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Online education and distance learning have become integral parts of SUNY Canton over the last several years and three members of the College’s faculty/staff gave presentations recently about its benefits, logistics, and impacts on campus.

Debra M. Backus, assistant professor of nursing, Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Kyle Brown, director of online learning, presented at the Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) 2010, hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh in late May.

CIT is SUNY’s largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in education, providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment.

Backus’ presentation, titled “SUNY and United University Professions (UUP): Partners in Online Education Phase II”, was the result of collaborative efforts with two faculty members from other SUNY institutions.

The presentation focused partly on data collected from a CIT 2009 survey regarding online education and distance learning. It also included nationwide trends in online learning as well as trends at SUNY institutions. Part of the presentation highlighted the exponential growth of SUNY Canton’s online learning and the impact it has on the faculty, staff and the College. The presentation also addressed the issues of employee workload and ownership of course content as both have come to the forefront in discussions surrounding online and distance learning.

Fiacco and Brown teamed up for “Crossing Global Boundaries”, a presentation focused on methods of distance learning and SUNY Canton’s success internationally with several partner institutions. Part of the presentation included information on how the College was able to work so closely with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006 and graduate its first cohort in May 2010, using online delivery methods and videoconferencing.

“Course management platforms have made international programs possible today that, only a few years ago, were inconceivable,” Fiacco said. “Students with access to the internet can now participate in an international learning experience without the cost and inconvenience of international travel and gain the skills necessary to compete in the highly-specialized and increasingly globalized job market.”

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


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SUNY Canton Links with American University in the Emirates

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

SUNY Canton has continued its international expansion by joining with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) in Dubai.

Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq, president and CEO of AUE, and Nabeel A. Jurdi, the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, recently visited Canton to officially sign the necessary agreements that will allow their students to earn SUNY Canton degrees.

“This partnership with an internationally renowned university is especially beneficial as we continue our international growth,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re positioning ourselves as the college with the most international programs in the entire SUNY system.”

SUNY Canton plans to offer its four-year Finance program, and AUE officials expressed interest in three other four-year programs. “They’ve expressed an interest in our graphic and multimedia design program and several others,” noted Marela Fiacco, SUNY Canton’s coordinator of international programs. “This agreement should prove to be as successful as our dual degree programs with international universities.”

SUNY Canton currently links with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina and Lomonosov-Moscow State University. All classes are offered using an online or distance learning format. The college has also developed summer programs for each contingent of international students. Each year students travel from their home countries to visit SUNY Canton and take classes in person.

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


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