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SUNY Canton’s Four-Year Nursing Program Seeks Initial Accreditation

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Community members and alumni are invited to provide feedback on the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

SUNY Canton will be hosting the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for a site review of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as it seeks initial accreditation.

The program was created in 2009 by creating an additional two years of coursework for the College’s signature two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Students who graduate from the two-year program are able to secure employment and complete their bachelor’s degree.

Nursing students

“The bachelor’s degree program is an entirely online program that offers an open enrollment admission policy to qualified applicants,” said Nursing Professor Debra M. Backus, who oversees the four-year program. “In 2013, student enrollment has quadrupled to a record enrollment of 139 students.”

When the program was created, it was one of only a few fully online two-year into four-year nursing programs. It has been recognized as one of the most affordable programs in the nation, according to the university research company SR Education Group.

The program was previously operating with ACEN candidacy status. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality. The College will provide evidence of the effectiveness of its faculty members, curriculum and graduates to gain accreditation.

Nursing students

Those interested are invited to share their comments about the program at 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Cook Hall Conference Room 121. Written comments can be mailed to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA, 30326, or via e-mail: All written comments should be received by Feb. 10.


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.

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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.”

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