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Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccredits SUNY Canton and Notes Exceptional Educational Offerings, Growth and Innovation

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

SUNY Canton LogoSUNY Canton recently completed a two-year long institution-wide self-study and peer review process resulting in the College’s reaccreditation. The positive reaccreditation report from Middle States peer reviewers included commendations for many recent educational accomplishments at the College.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts the entire SUNY Canton community put into the College’s reaccreditation,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The process and the Middle States report demonstrates how strong the College is, and highlights the quality of the education and services we provide to our students.”

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently completed its ten-year review of the College, with the peer review report summarizing how SUNY Canton meets its goals and objectives while guided by an established mission and core set of values. The College-wide mission is to provide a progression of accessible, affordable, high-quality applied programs that enable students in the North Country, New York State and beyond to achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.

“More than 100 faculty, staff and students were involved in the multi-year process that led to our successful reaccreditation,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of business and liberal arts and the self-study steering committee chair. “The College met or exceeded all 14 characteristics of excellence in higher education established by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for institutional reaccreditation.”

The self-study and peer review process confirmed that the College continues its tradition of providing an excellent educational experience for students, according to DeLong.

Among the departments praised by the Middle States peer evaluation team was Student Affairs, which was noted for maintaining a high level of student service and promoting significant student engagement. Included in the division is the Southworth Library Learning Commons, which houses Information Services and the majority of the College’s tutoring services. The library was lauded for offering extensive and innovative services that support and enhance educational offerings and academic programming.

The team of reviewers commended the development of credit and non-credit programs directly tied to community needs. The Middle States reviewers also praised the College’s signature Summer and Winterterm sessions, which have experienced dramatic growth in recent years by switching to a primarily online format.

The College received commendation for the creative financing that allowed the Alumni Association and the SUNY Canton College Foundation to construct the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. It was also lauded for creating an institutional scorecard, which ties together the goals, plans, objectives and budgets of each College department.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement. The self-study process is ongoing and linked to overall planning. The College will submit a progress report in 2015 and will undergo its next periodic review in 2018.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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DeLong Named as SUNY Canton Dean of Business and Liberal Arts

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Jondavid DeLong

SUNY Canton has selected a Legal Studies faculty member to become the new dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Associate Professor Jondavid “J.D.” S. DeLong was chosen to oversee the school and will begin his new duties July 15.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues in the School of Business and Liberal Arts on strategies that lead to student success,” DeLong said. “We have an opportunity to build on successful planning and accreditation efforts recently completed at the College.”

DeLong began working for the College in 2008 and has taught undergraduate courses in American law, business law, personal finance, and legal research and writing.

“J.D. has been instrumental in building our Legal Studies Bachelor of Technology program and has served as the program’s curriculum coordinator since he arrived at SUNY Canton,” said Karen Spellacy, SUNY Canton interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. “He wrote our most recent Strategic Plan, chaired our Middle States Self Study Steering Committee and authored our Self Study.”

Prior to joining SUNY Canton, DeLong was an attorney with the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and also served in several business development roles for legal publisher West, a division of Thomson Reuters. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and earned a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Buffalo.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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

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SUNY Canton Releases Strategic Plan for 2020

Monday, June 7th, 2010

SUNY Canton has released its Strategic Plan, “SUNY Canton 2010 – Committed to Student Success,” to continue and guide the College’s remarkable growth and progress for the next 10 years.

There are several goals and key initiatives listed in the plan, including:

  • Plans to expand academic offerings by creating more four-year and master’s degree programs that build upon associate-level offerings to meet the community’s need for career-driven educational options.
  • Initiatives by SUNY Canton OnLine and the College’s International Programs office to establish more distance learning opportunities to reach to more students worldwide.
  • Sustainability efforts to reduce spending on non-renewable energy sources and decrease the College’s overall environmental footprint.
  • Efforts to assure that the campus will become more of a hub of intellectual and social activity for both students and community members.
  • Migration of the SUNY Canton Kangaroos sports teams to the NCAA Division III.

The Strategic Plan was the result of a year-long collaboration between administration, faculty, staff, students, and the larger community, with guidance by a 16-member steering committee, and oversight by President Joseph L. Kennedy. School of Business and Liberal Arts Dean Linda A. Heilman led the planning process. Jondavid S. DeLong, assistant professor and legal studies program director, created the written portions of the plan.

“The SUNY Canton community has engaged in discussions to determine where we want the College to go in the future,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The consensus is that we must keep moving forward and the Strategic Plan is both a starting point and a road map in an ongoing process of change, adaptation, and continuous improvement.”

As part of the Strategic Plan, the College will also continue to physically expand and evolve to meet the changing needs of students. A key addition to campus will be the newly constructed Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2011. The College is also planning to construct a new residence hall to provide more housing options for the increasing population of four-year students.

The College’s mission, developed as part of the plan, is to provide a progression of accessible, affordable, high-quality applied programs that enable students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond to achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.

The 2010 SUNY Canton Strategic Plan is intended to serve as a campus specific complement to the larger State University of New York Strategic Plan, “The Power of SUNY.”

SUNY Canton’s strategic plan can be viewed at http://www.canton.edu/strategic_plan.


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


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