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SUNY Canton Winterterm Continues to Grow

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

CANTON– SUNY Canton’s online Winterterm semester will be offering more courses than ever in its four-year history.

Nearly 50 courses will be offered through SUNY Canton OnLine. The courses begin on Dec. 22 and conclude on January 14. Registration is easy and has already begun online at www.canton.edu.

Winterterm 2008“Each year, we’ve grown to meet the educational demands of our students,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William R. Trumble. “This year, we had a record number of enrollments during our Fall Semester. Following that trend, we are expecting the largest Winterterm semester to date.”

The college 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, which is almost a 120 percent increase since the college began offering the online semester-between-semesters.

“Many students have utilized Winterterm as a way to catch up or get ahead on their college work without having to sacrifice time with their families,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “Students appreciate the convenience and flexibility of online courses, especially during the holidays and January.”

Already, more than 150 students have signed up for Winterterm courses this year with several weeks remaining before the session begins. The rise mirrors the overall popularity of online courses offered during the college’s Fall, Spring, and Summerterm semesters.

Students enroll from all over the country and sometimes internationally for SUNY Canton Winterterm. The college has had members of the armed forces enroll from Afghanistan and Iraq. Students vacationing abroad join students from other colleges, and those at home in upstate New York for online discussions and learning activities. “One of the key components of online courses is the lack of geographic boundaries, yet we maintain the flow of ideas and concepts through individual and group interactions,” Graveline said.?
To view a complete list of online Winterterm courses or to register for a class, visit www.canton.edu/winterterm.

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.

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

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Last Chance for 2008 Summer Courses at Canton – July 28

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Student on ComputerThe final session of SUNY Canton’s highly-successful 2008 Summerterm begins Monday, July 28 on campus.

“There is an English 101 Expository Writing course that is a freshmen requirement for all SUNY Canton programs and for most academic majors at every university,” said Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “This is an excellent summer course offered to enable students to get a jump start on the upcoming academic year.”

A 300-level English course in Contemporary Young Adult Literature is also being offered. “This is an excellent opportunity for advanced students to focus on one upper-level course now, and then perhaps lighten their course load for the upcoming semester,” Graveline said.

This summer marked the third consecutive year of growth and expansion for the College’s Online and In-Class Summerterm session. There have been 687 enrollments during the first two sessions, which is a 10 percent increase from last year’s record-breaking Summerterm Sessions. College officials attribute the extraordinary growth to the implementation of online classes through SUNY Canton OnLine. Approximately 80 percent of this year’s summer students enrolled in OnLine Classes.

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


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SUNY Canton Gets $80,000 in Grant Funding for Course Innovation

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Two SUNY Canton faculty members will be receiving $40,000 grants for course development from the State University of New York Course Redesign Initiative.

Both will be using the funding to augment entry-level classes with ground-breaking improvements and learning enhancements.

“We received two of the 10 grants issued statewide,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These are highly competitive grants, and I applaud our English and Biology faculty members for developing unique and innovative plans for their courses.”

Christopher Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Graphic and Multimedia Design Program Director, explained that he submitted a plan to enhance student learning outcomes by integrating technology. “We’ve redesigned Expository Writing and Oral and Written Expression to integrate more online components,” Sweeney said.

Both courses will be divided into online lessons that allow students to fully grasp course objectives through self-paced online lessons, while maintaining face-to-face class time as necessary. “It will be similar to some of our hybrid courses we’ve previously designed with SUNY Canton OnLine,” Sweeney said.

Entry-level biology courses taught by Instructor Ronald Tavernier will undergo innovative changes as well and will utilize an additional faculty position. The added faculty member will provide extended office hours and respond to students’ discussions and questions via SUNY Canton OnLine, further improving the faculty to student ratio in these two courses.

The Humanities and Biology courses are among the most popular entry-level courses at the college. The redesigned courses aim to help more students excel in each curriculum and enhance their overall college experience. Pilot programs of each redesigned course are scheduled to be offered in Spring 2009.

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.

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SUNY Canton Summer Enrollment Hits Record High

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

SUNY Canton has hit an all-time summer enrollment high already and the college is continuing to accept students for two more sessions slated to begin on June 25 and July 30.

“We’ve had 715 students enroll in classes so far,” noted SUNY Canton Interim Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “Nearly 75 percent of students (more than 530 students) are joining the college through SUNY Canton Online.”

Last year’s Summer Session saw 469 students with 363 enrolled in online courses. Summer Session 2005 totaled 385 students with 205 taking online courses.

The next on-campus and online classes begin Monday, June 25, and the final summer session begins Monday, July 30. For a complete listing of classes and other information, visit www.canton.edu/summer_school.

The tremendous growth in SUNY Canton OnLine, or SUNY Canton OL, has been remarkable. “Each semester we are seeing more and more students enroll in online classes from all over the world,” said Director of OnLine Education Molly A. Mott. “Much of this growth can be attributed to wonderful faculty members who are presenting interesting courses with in-demand topics in a cutting-edge format.”

Register online for classes online at www.canton.edu or by calling the SUNY Canton Student Service Center at 315-386-7616.

 

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SUNY Canton and Moscow State to Expand Relations

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Several academic administrators from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) in Russia recently visited SUNY Canton to build upon the strengths of the two colleges’ dual degree program.

“We are looking to create a deeper partnership and expand upon our existing programs,” noted Pauline A. Graveline, School of Liberal Studies and Support Services Dean. “We are finding that many possibilities for academic development and professional development, and overall collegiate expansion exist through SUNY Canton OnLine.”

Approximately two years ago, SUNY Canton was the first college within the State University of New York system to implement a dual degree program with Moscow State University. “Realizing the tremendous opportunities that our agreement affords students at Moscow State University, college administrators and educators from Russia are seeking to develop more dual degree programs with other colleges within SUNY, as well as with SUNY Canton,” said Provost Jeremy D. Brown.

The collected college officials, which included several faculty members who teach or participate in SUNY Canton OnLine courses, discussed several key areas of growth, including:

  • Creating courses or clusters of programs leading to certificates for students.
  • Professional training workshops for professionals at both colleges, delivered either face-to-face, or through video conferences.
  • Expanded training seminars for faculty members from both colleges to aid in online course development.
  • Developing courses for SUNY Canton students presented by International Scholars.
  • Continuing summer programs that offer immersion into English speaking homes and communities, while earning college credit.

SUNYIT School of Business Dean Stephen J. Havlovic also discussed expanding the Master of Business Administration program, so students at MSU who are enrolled in SUNY Canton’s Financial Services program can seamlessly earn their master’s degree. “We strive to present every opportunity available to our students, regardless of their geographic location,” said Brown.

The dignitaries and faculty members who visited the college included:

  • Alexander Mikhialev, Vice Rector for Distance Learning
  • Alexander Lukshin, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics at MSU
  • Petr Vrzheshch, Vice Rector for Science and Development from MSU
  • John Ryder, Director of International Programs from the State University of New York
  • Olga Zinovieva, Director the State University of New York Moscow Office of International Programs

SUNY Canton OnLine is one of the fastest growing sections of SUNY Canton and is open to students on-campus, in addition to those who live in a different state, or country.

 

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Online Explosion Highlights SUNY Canton Summer Course Offerings

Monday, April 16th, 2007

An extraordinary increase in the number of online courses highlights the upcoming Summer Session at SUNY Canton. Registration for courses begins this Monday, April 16.

Fifty-five online courses are being offered through SUNY Canton Online, also known as SUNY Canton OL, and 27 courses are available in classrooms on campus. Additionally, the college will be offering a Pain Management course at its Dental Hygiene facility in Rome, N.Y.

A record number of almost 500 students participated in last year’s Summer Session. SUNY Canton officials anticipate that number will be topped again this year.

“We’re simply responding to the incredible demand for our online courses,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown. “We’ve increased the number of online summer offerings from 20 in 2005, and 30 last year, to 55 this summer. We had record highs in enrollment last summer and this past Winterterm, and we anticipate another new high this summer.”

Last summer, SUNY Canton offered a total of 42 summer courses. This year, that total has nearly doubled to 83, according to Pauline A. Graveline, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services. She added that approximately 75 percent of last summer’s students were enrolled in online courses.

“The flexibility, convenience, and accessibility of our online courses continue to attract large numbers of students,” Graveline said. “It really represents our belief that the SUNY Canton Online brand is very popular and synonymous with quality in distance learning.”

Courses being offered for the first time this summer include: Spanish I and II, Structural Mechanics, Passive Solar Building, Early Childhood’s Issues and Policies in Early Care and Education, and a number of first time special topic courses in Humanities and Criminal Justice. A course expected to generate local interest is Adirondacks: Life and Literature.

There are also a series of workshops offered as professional development and training opportunities for early care and education providers, teachers, staff, and students.

Graveline added that last summer and this winter both saw a significant increase in the number of non-SUNY Canton or non-matriculated students.

“The online environment eliminates distance constraints,” said Graveline. “Students can take SUNY Canton courses without interfering with jobs, vacations, or other summer plans.”

Information on Summer Session can be found at www.canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton Formalizes Gillette Agreement

Friday, March 30th, 2007
Brown & Drumm

OFFICIAL AGREEMENT – From (l to r) SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown and Gillette College President Kevin Drumm shake hands after signing the official agreement allowing Wyoming students to obtain a SUNY Canton Bachelor’s degree. Each was wearing a hat from the other’s college.

SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy Brown and Gillette College President Kevin Drumm recently made the agreement between the two colleges official. The agreement makes it possible for Wyoming students to obtain bachelor’s degrees without having to leave their home state or even their hometown.

“We had several productive meetings in Gillette and were overwhelmed by their wonderful hospitality,” Brown said. “They’re excited about being able to offer our SUNY Canton Online programs in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management, and Technology Management for the Fall 2007 Semester.”

The agreement will allow two-year students enrolled at Gillette College the ability to obtain baccalaureate degrees via SUNY Canton OnLine (SUNY Canton OL), through distance learning video technologies, from Gillette Campus faculty, or through a combination of the three methods. SUNY Canton currently has 13 bachelor’s degree programs, most of which are available online. The college’s continued growth and online expansion prompted the college to form SUNY Canton OL to exclusively serve students who wish to obtain a degree via the Internet.

 

“While in Gillette we met with the city’s police department as well as the sheriff’s department,” said Brown. “The officers in both of those departments seemed very interested in enrolling online and becoming SUNY Canton students.”

Gillette College recently announced its first sports program with the formation of a rodeo team that will begin competition this fall. “We met with Rodeo Coach Will LaDuke and let him know we were looking forward to one of our future students becoming a member of his team,” Brown added.

BroncoSUNY Canton officials joining Brown in Gillette were Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David Wells, School of Business and Public Service Interim Dean Karen Spellacy, Admissions Counselor Rebecca Armstrong, and Director of Public Relations Randy Sieminski. SUNY Canton has similar agreements with colleges in Russia, Japan, Massachusetts, and a number of other colleges in New York.

Gillette College is part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District and offers outreach programs in several counties. Gillette College offers associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, certificate programs, and program tracks that prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Gillette College is run by Dean Paul Young, who will be joining his SUNY Canton counterparts for the official announcement.

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 will be moving to a four-year athletic program in the Fall 2007 semester.

 

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SUNY Canton Heads West to Welcome Wyoming

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Soon, a Wyoming resident will travel to SUNY Canton to celebrate their graduation ceremony, and yet it might be the first time they ever step foot in the Empire State.

A recent agreement between college officials from SUNY Canton and Gillette College makes it possible for Wyoming students to obtain bachelor’s degrees without having to leave their home state or even their hometown. Several SUNY Canton officials are in Gillette for a formal announcement on Thursday March 8.

“We are ready to start offering our four-year degrees to Gillette College students in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management, and Technology Management for the Fall 2007 Semester,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We believe our colleagues at Gillette College share the same educational values as we do and are ready to move into a new age of education.”

The agreement will allow two-year students enrolled at Gillette College the ability to obtain baccalaureate degrees via SUNY Canton OnLine (SUNY Canton OL), through distance learning video technologies, from Gillette Campus faculty, or through a combination of the three methods. SUNY Canton currently has 13 bachelor’s degree programs, most of which are available online. The college’s continued growth and online expansion prompted the college to form SUNY Canton OL to exclusively serve students who wish to obtain a degree via the Internet.

“Recent additions and upgrades to SUNY Canton’s video distance learning technologies and Internet upgrades have made it possible for seamless in-class participation, despite geographic differences,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown. “With these additions we have been able to build on our extremely successful online and distance learning programs.”

Brown is in Gillette, Wyo., this week with Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David Wells, School of Business and Public Service Interim Dean Karen Spellacy, Admissions Counselor Rebecca Armstrong, and Director of Public Relations Randy Sieminski. SUNY Canton has similar agreements with colleges in Russia, Japan, Massachusetts, and a number of other colleges in New York.

Gillette College is operated by Sheridan College through the Northern Wyoming Community College District and offers outreach programs in several counties. Gillette College offers associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, certificate programs, and program tracks that prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Gillette College is run by Dean Paul Young, who will be joining his SUNY Canton counterparts for the official announcement.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with people from locations around the world,” Young said in a past interview. “You can go to Princeton and not get that type of experience, and we’ll have it right here in Gillette.”

 

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