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SUNY Canton Nursing Program Ranked Among Most Affordable in the U.S.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

2014 Most Affordable Online Nursing DegreesA university research company, SR Education Group, has recognized SUNY Canton’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as one of the most economical online programs in the nation.

The results for 2014 were released on the company’s website, To be considered for inclusion, colleges are required to offer programs that are entirely online.

“We have long been innovators in online education,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman. “This recognition highlights SUNY Canton’s commitment to providing quality education and meeting industry employment demands, while ensuring that the program remains accessible and affordable.”

The four-year Nursing program, which was launched in 2009, was ranked 13th on the list. According to a statement released by the company, their mission is to highlight colleges’ affordability and quality and making access to online college information more transparent.

“Our main objective is to shift the discussion around higher education from prestige and selectivity to quality and affordability while empowering students to become better-informed consumers,” said Sung Rhee, chief executive officer of SR Education Group. “Skyrocketing college costs combined with the rising burden of student debt are compelling many American families to look for more affordable college education options.”


In addition to the four-year program, SUNY Canton also offers a one-year Practical Nursing certificate and a two-year associate degree in Nursing.

The ranking is the latest in a number of recent accolades for the College. Earlier this year, SUNY Canton earned a military-friendly school designation by G.I. Jobs Magazine and was chosen as one of the top 50 colleges in the country committed to saving the planet by the Online College Database. SUNY Canton also earned a spot in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 list of best colleges in the Northeast.


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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their 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 in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Opens Registration for 2013 Summer Session

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s popular Summer Session, which begins June 3.

More than 100 online courses and several on-campus classes will be offered throughout three sessions: June 3 to July 28, June 3 to July 7 and July 8 to Aug. 11. Courses are accessible via computer anywhere in the world, offering local students and distance-learners the flexibility of earning college credit via the Internet.

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“Our online courses offer the same high-quality education that SUNY Canton is known for, but in a flexible learning environment,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Information Services and OnLine Learning Kyle Brown. “Students from SUNY Canton and across the country continue to utilize our Summer Session course offerings year after year.”

Although courses are available in a number of disciplines, General Education classes have traditionally been in the highest demand over the past several years, especially from students at other colleges and universities.

“Due to the fact that these courses are most easily transferable to a student’s home institution, we anticipate that they will fill up quickly,” Brown added.

Because taking online courses can help satisfy a number of degree requirements at other SUNY schools, they help support SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s commitment to ensuring student success by allowing a seamless transfer of credits across campuses.

Summer courses also help students get ahead and graduate early, or stay on track and graduate on time, which also supports SUNY’s strategic plan.

To register or to view the entire course listing, visit

SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration Program Receives Initial Accreditation

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The funeral services administration program at SUNY Canton recently received its initial accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

“By meeting stringent demands of the accrediting agency, we further highlight the strengths of one of our most intensely career-driven programs,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “This accreditation is the result of months of work and the cumulative efforts of Program Director David R. Penepent and Interim Dean Kenneth Erickson, with help from many departments and individuals.”

David Penepent and Carli Schiffner

Funeral Services Administration Director David R. Penepent presents SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner with the certificate of accreditation for his program.

The College’s funeral services administration program is one of the very few four-year mortuary science majors in the United States. It is also one of the only programs of its kind within the SUNY System.

“The funeral services administration program has been designed to place a greater emphasis on the skills and knowledge needed to equip graduates with practical information that can be used in the rapidly changing funeral profession,” Penepent said. “Students in the program have an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom in their practicum and internship experience in a funeral home of their choosing.”

Currently, the funeral services administration program has approximately 40 students. The program is designed for first-time first-year students and working professionals.

Student pouring embalming fluid

Marissa L. Caskinette of Norfolk, James A. (Andrew) Podeszedlik of Highland, and Justise R. DelFosse of Norwood prepare embalming fluid during a funeral services administration lab.

One of the program’s many advantages is that funeral directors who are currently licensed and working in the profession have an opportunity to complete their degree online and complete their bachelor degree at their own pace, Penepent said. The program grants licensed funeral directors life experience credits for their skills and knowledge in the profession.

“I wish a program like this existed when I was going to mortuary school because I would have had an opportunity to see how mortuary theory was applied in a real-life setting before graduation,” the program director said.

Future plans for the program include new classrooms, a restorative art lab, and a new multi-purpose chapel to be used for mock funeral services.

The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation recognize it as the sole accrediting agency for academic programs that prepare funeral service professionals. Receiving programmatic accreditation ensures that the program has been evaluated and meets, or exceeds, set standards of quality determined by the ABFSE.

The four-year program was unveiled in 2010 and replaced the College’s two-year mortuary science program. Previously it was a candidate for accreditation through the same agency.

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


SUNY Canton Announces New and More Efficient Administrative Structure

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner today announced several departments and offices were realigned within the College’s organizational structure to better support priorities including student retention, strategic enrollment management and efficient shared services.

Some of the major changes under the new organizational structure include Athletics moving back to Student Affairs, Information Services and University Police shifting to College Administration, and Online Learning and Admissions moving under Academics.

“Canton has been a leader in SUNY’s system-wide shared service initiatives, and today’s realignment by President Schiffner mirrors our broader efforts to streamline administrative overhead so our resources can support student services and institutional priorities,” said Brian Hutzley, vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer for SUNY.

“These changes will result in a more effective organizational structure that will allow SUNY Canton to better address its issues and priorities moving forward,” President Schiffner said. “The restructuring of these areas will allow us to focus on student success and better align us with the model of both our SUNY counterparts and colleges and universities around the nation. This is part of the evolution of Canton as we look to continue our remarkable progress.”

Schiffner mentioned the College’s increased focus on academics and student completion as well as future opportunities to continue saving money through shared services. Last month SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam announced more than $1 million in shared services savings, and Vice President for Administration Natalie Higley expects those efforts to continue to benefit both schools.

“SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have worked hard together to consolidate administrative services, become more efficient, and direct a larger percentage of funds toward the education of our students,” said Higley, who works for both colleges and is an example of the new shared services model. “We’ve already seen progress in areas such as payroll services and information services, and we look forward to continuing to standardize our processes and procedures for future savings.”


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.

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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

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

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.


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.

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“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

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:

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.


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

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

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

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


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