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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

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 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

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 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.

SUNY Canton OnLine Student to be Honored at Commencement

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

A mother of six who works more than 50 hours a week and has an interest in the oral health of special needs patients has been selected as SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level.

Jill M. Lizak of Hamburg will be one of the inaugural graduates of the College’s online dental hygiene program. She will be among the honorees and award recipients to be recognized during Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Lizak is a working dental hygienist in the Buffalo area. Her daughter, Kelsey A. Noeller, a 2009 SUNY Canton veterinary technology alumna, encouraged her to pursue her bachelor’s degree online. “I found online coursework to be an exceptional way for me to complete my studies while still maintaining both personal and professional commitments,” Lizak said.

In 2009, Lizak was honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average in her program. She developed an oral health manual for a course during her junior year and donated copies to the direct care staff of multiple skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to ensure better oral care for their patients.

In her senior year, Lizak created a continuing education course geared towards educating dental health professionals in treating the oral health of special needs patients. SUNY Canton created a three-hour workshop for dental hygienists, dentists and dental assistants based on her research. She recently received an award at SUNY Canton’s Scholarly Activities Celebration for her poster presentation on the project.

“Jill has 19 years experience as a dental hygienist, a passion for serving special needs patients, and a gift for sharing her knowledge and inspiring others to help this segment of the population,” said Kathryn Del Guidice, director of extended studies and Lizak’s advisor for her senior year project. “She is articulate, engaging and in full command of her field of expertise.”

Lizak is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) and recently joined the Special Care Dentistry Association.

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

SUNY Canton Expects Record Summer Session

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

SUNY Canton has opened registration for its Summer Session and is expecting a record number of student enrollments to accompany its largest and most comprehensive list of summer offerings.

Summer Session will include 100 online courses and 20 on campus classes beginning June 1 and concluding August 20. It consists of three separate sessions, allowing students the opportunity to enroll in several courses during the three-month span.

“We’ve experienced extraordinary growth in our Summer and Winter Sessions the past few years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students from all over New York State have realized how convenient it is to catch up or get ahead with our online courses without interfering with their summer plans.”

Last year’s Summer Session saw a 38 percent increase over 2008 with more than 1,000 total enrollments. Since 2007, SUNY Canton’s summer programming has grown more than 100 percent. Much of that success stems from a high number of enrollments from students throughout the SUNY system and private colleges. More than half of the students taking summer courses were from colleges other than SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton offered its first four online summer courses in 2002. Since, the online selections have grown consistently, reaching 65 courses during Summer Session 2009 and at least 100 this summer.

“I’d advise students to sign up early, particularly for our General Education courses. Those have a tendency to fill up quickly,” said SUNY Canton OnLine Director Kyle Brown. “We’re dedicated to bringing the same high-quality education we offer in our classrooms right to students’ fingertips.”

General Education courses, or Gen Ed requirements, fulfill numerous major requirements and are therefore highly sought after.  “These courses easily transfer to other SUNY schools,” Brown added. “We offer courses that count towards other majors and degrees, coinciding directly with what students are looking to achieve between traditional semesters.”

Course registration will remain open until either the first day of classes of each session or until courses are full. 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

SUNY Canton Tops 5,000 Students in 2009

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

SUNY CantonMore than 5,000 students took courses at SUNY Canton in 2009 and applications for next year are up nearly 30 percent.

A record 5,173 students enrolled in courses throughout the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winterterm semesters, setting enrollment records for each semester along the way. The aggregate total was compiled by counting unduplicated college enrollments for the entire year.

The College’s Summerterm grew nearly 40 percent in 2009 and enrolled almost 1,000 students. Winterterm grew 60 percent with 800 students.  The College’s all-time record enrollment was toppled this past Fall Semester with more than 3,300 students.

“There were years when I first started here that we struggled to enroll 2,000 students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, who joined the College almost 17 years ago. “Surpassing 5,000 students last year means a great deal to me personally. It’s a considerable accomplishment that demonstrates the year-round extraordinary work of our faculty and staff to reshape our College and its mission. We have definitively grown into a 12-month a year institution.”

Kennedy cites the growing number of bachelor’s degree programs, online courses, international students, and the expanding year-round programs as some of the most prevalent reasons for the recent growth.

Applications for the Fall 2010 Semester are also up dramatically. Overall applications are up 28 percent from last year and up more than 100 percent from four years ago. The College has already received more than 3,200 applications, which is more than double the amount received in February of 2005 and 2006.

“Traditional and non-traditional students are recognizing that we are a College that does more than just educate,” said Kennedy. “We are a college that prepares students for careers.”

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

SUNY Canton Honors Area High School Students

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Lisbon Central School's Tessa Kelley for her achievement at the college.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Lisbon Central School's Tessa Kelley for her achievement at the college.

Nearly 80 area graduating high school students began college early at SUNY Canton. Some students earned the equivalent to an entire semester of college before finishing high school.

College officials celebrated those students’ commitment to their education at a recent recognition ceremony. The college presented each of the students with a ceremonial SUNY Canton honor cord to be worn during their high school commencement ceremonies.

“We want to honor everyone who will be graduating from high school this year with SUNY Canton college credits,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy at the ceremony. “These students have what it takes to be successful in the next steps of their education.”

The students, who accumulated between 3 and 18 college credits through the college’s distance learning partnership with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, may be able to graduate early from their respective college programs or take a reduced course load to ease into the adjustment of college life. Approximately 25 of the students have already been accepted at SUNY Canton for the Fall 2009 semester.

“Your initiative speaks wonders to what you are going to achieve,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William R. Trumble. “You are exactly the students that we want at SUNY Canton.”

The College has two academic classrooms dedicated for distance learning. Faculty members utilize the technology to instruct college-level students at partner locations including the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov Moscow State University, among other partner universities. The videoconference style courses supplement the College’s online initiatives through SUNY Canton OnLine.

High school students who are interested in taking college courses through SUNY Canton should make the necessary arrangements with their high school guidance counselors.

Among those high school seniors with college credits earned from SUNY Canton are:

Clifton-Fine Central High School

· Justin Jones

· Sarah Lackemann

· Jacquelyn Pomerville

· Jordyn Sullivan

· Ryan Tanner

Gouverneur Junior-Senior High School

· Tyler Boscoe

· Blake Burr

· Trevor Carr

· Jockquelynne Come

· Nicolas Cotton-Baez

· Tyler Davis

· Sean Dewhirst

· Rebecca Don

· Natasha Embry

· Jasmine Frasher

· Meggan Geer

· Derek Gordon

· Emily Jackson

· Dustin Lallier

· Miranda Lashbrooks

· Jeanne LaVack

· Drew Leonard

· Chelsea Myers

· Brandon Raymo

· Benjamin Schermerhorn

· Joseph Schuessler

· Jillian Sergel

· Michelle Smith

· Nicholas Sterling

· Tricia Storie

· Danielle Waugh

· J. Talan Weekes

· Rinnan Whitford

· Sabrina Whitford

Hammond Central School

· Whitney Atkins

· Cassandra Cunningham

· Aubrie Dunn

· Maxine Hill

· Brooke Hollister

· Katlyn Hunt

· Jackie Knight

· Jessica Measheaw

· Nicole Richard

Hermon-DeKalb Central School

· Tyler Amo

· Marissa Bacon

· Kory Besaw

· Kaitlin Corscadden

· Nicole Fountain

· Courtney Holt

· Natasha Sayer

· Amanda Southwell

· Caitlin Spadaccini

· Michele Watkins

· Samantha Wentzel

Heuvelton Central School

· Thomas Blackburn

· Jacob Cougler

· Casey Donnelly

· Heather Johnson

· Sean Kelly

· Katherine Lashua

· Janeel Spiva

· Alexa Stowe

Lisbon Central School

· Rachael Bowdish

· Janna Crosby

· Rodney Cross

· Mara Dawson

· Alyson Felt

· Brittany Hill

· Tessa Kelley

· David Lalonde

· Shawna LaTulip

· Natalie Putney

Norwood-Norfolk Junior-Senior High School

· Raychel Dulin

· Lauren Lashomb

· Holly Planty

· TJ Sawyer

St. Lawrence Central

· Shelby McGraw

· Stephanie Toomey

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

SUNY Canton Receives Approval for Four-Year Nursing Degree

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

SUNY Canton has received approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Students working in SUNY Canton's newly renovated nursing lab.

The College’s Admissions Office will begin reviewing applications for acceptance immediately for courses beginning in the Fall 2009 Semester. The program will be a natural progression for nursing students that have received their associate degree. The third and fourth years of the program will be available entirely online.

“The approval of this program has been highly anticipated by our students, alumni and members of our nursing community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It was created with the convenience and flexibility that is the hallmark of all our online courses and degrees. Registered nurses with associate degrees, many of whom have work and family obligations, will now be able to return to their studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree online.”

The new nursing program is the College’s first bachelor of science degree program and the College’s 16th bachelor’s degree overall. New York State Gov. David A. Patterson signed a master plan amendment that allows the College to offer the bachelor of science degree in addition to its existing bachelor of technology degrees.

Nursing Lab

“Year after year, we see a tremendous interest and enrollment in our nursing program,” said Nursing Program Director John F. Conklin. “Registered nurses recognize that a bachelor’s degree will help them to advance their careers and prepare them for a broader scope of nursing career options. Often, they can use their employer’s tuition reimbursement programs to subsidize or completely pay for their advanced degree.”

The nursing program typically sees the majority of its students gain successful employment immediately following graduation. The SUNY Canton Office of Career Services indicates that 100 percent of the 2008 graduating class of nurses were either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.

“This program seamlessly connects with our two-year degree,” noted Peggy LaFrance, an associate professor of nursing. “Students will continue to learn how to creatively solve complex health related problems, while applying concepts of leadership and management within the nursing profession.”

This program was created in part to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020 according to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses are projected to generate 587,000 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation.

The Bachelor of Science Nursing program is offered exclusively through SUNY Canton OnLine, the highly successful Internet branch of the College. Courses are offered in a partially self-guided, self-paced environment with asynchronous responses, meaning a student can participate in a course almost anytime from anywhere there is a connection to the World Wide Web.

The College also has plans to add an upcoming one-year Licensed Practical Nursing certificate program in the future. The proposal for that program is pending further state approval. When it is approved, students can enter a complete ladder curriculum that will lead them from a one-year certificate to a four-year degree within the nursing program.

For more information view the Nursing B.S. webpage.

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.

SUNY Canton Moves to Four-Day Academic Schedule

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Courses offered Monday through Thursday next semester

SUNY Canton will be switching to a four-day academic schedule beginning in Spring 2009 in an effort to cut operating costs and increase sustainability across campus.

On-campus courses will be offered primarily from Monday through Thursday under SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy’s plan to reduce expenditures in the light of the state’s system-wide budget cuts. 

“We originally began considering a four-day academic schedule as a way for our students and faculty to save money when gas prices were over $4 a gallon,” Kennedy said. “The state budget and current economic climate continue to make it a viable plan to reduce operating costs. We are the best that we’ve ever been at this College, and we plan to continue our growth in all areas while simultaneously becoming smarter in the way we conduct our business.”

Kennedy is also systematically researching ways to decrease the College’s environmental footprint. “Now we will be heating buildings one day less and fewer people will be driving to and from campus, drastically reducing our collective carbon emissions in addition to saving on utility costs,” he said.

Another benefit of offering a four-day schedule is that students can take all of their classes in as little as two days per week, which allows the flexibility to work or fulfill family obligations. The move will also allow the Student Activities Office the opportunity to plan more multi-day events.

Kennedy pointed out that the extraordinary popularity of SUNY Canton OnLine (also known as SUNY Canton OL) helped him decide that this was the proper course of action for the College. In the Fall 2008 Semester more than 1150 students were taking at least one of the College’s 104 online courses, and approximately 285 students were taking courses online only. 

“Students and faculty are designing their respective schedules and courses to incorporate even more online components,” noted Molly Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention. “That has given students increased flexibility in their schedules and allowed them to better balance their other obligations like work, family, and activities.” 

Portions of College’s workforce, including some of the maintenance and facilities staff, have already begun working on a four-day schedule. The results have been phenomenal, according to Kennedy. 

Not every aspect of the College will shut down on Fridays. The Southworth Library, the Fitness Center, Admissions, The Business Office, and other key locations will remain open for the fifth day. The College has also made plans to continue any course and work schedules that cannot be altered. In the past, only about 15 percent of the College’s courses were offered on Friday.

“In essence, we ended up distributing Friday’s schedule throughout the other days of the week,” Kennedy said. “Between offering more online courses and expanding some class options, the change wasn’t nearly as difficult as we originally thought it might be.”

Other colleges that have switched to a four-day academic schedule include Brevard Community College in Florida, which saved almost $474,000 in energy costs during its first year with the schedule, according to a recent Inside Higher Ed article. The College also reported a 50 percent reduction in the number of reported sick hours used by employees and a 44 percent reduction in staff turnover.

Missouri State University at West Plains moved to a four-day schedule in Fall 2007 and saw an 11 percent enrollment increase over the previous fall semester. Not only did the introduction of the new schedule bring more students, but those students also enrolled in more credit hours.

The SUNY Canton Admissions Office is reporting that applications for next year are currently up nearly 45 percent from last year. The College set an all-time enrollment high this Fall with more than 3,000 students.

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.