SUNY Canton's Business and Management Programs Gain Accreditation
The Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) has announced that SUNY Canton was granted first-time accreditation for all of the business and management programs offered through its School of Business and Liberal Arts.
Programs to receive initial accreditation include the college’s four-year Finance, Management and Healthcare Management programs, in addition to the two-year Business: Accounting and Business Administration programs.
“IACBE Accreditation is evidence of the quality of SUNY Canton’s business programs,” said Philip T. Neisser, Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “Our faculty pride themselves on providing quality programs that prepare our students for career and entrepreneurial success.”
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton maintains exceptional levels of quality as a premiere educational institution. Members of the college’s faculty, staff and administration use accreditation as a way to measure the success of programs and evaluate the overall quality of each major.
“Under the guidance of SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, we selected this accrediting agency because it best fits our mission,” said SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner. “It focuses on the assessment of our program and the evaluation of the best business education practices in the industry.”
The four-year programs have helped several local entrepreneurs launch or grow their businesses. Kevin B. Kingsbury, who graduated from both the Finance and Management programs, is the owner of the Gouverneur-based Marble City Heating and Plumbing. Kingsbury was able to secure a contract that led to $9,500 a week in new revenue directly from his senior project.
Management graduates Ashley A. Martin and Logan W. Jones used their senior-level assignment to track expenditures related to sales at Martin’s Marina in Cape Vincent. Following statistical analysis, they were able to identify new opportunities leading to an additional $1,000 a week in new revenue.
Each year, the college partners with local businesses so that its students get a real-world professional experience through its annual Roopreneur competition. Students work directly with area entrepreneurs to expand marketing plans and explore new sales opportunities.
Additionally, Healthcare Management has become the most popular major at the college, with more than 250 students enrolled in the Spring 2019 semester. The majority of those students are working professionals who are seeking to advance their career by getting a bachelor’s degree.
As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 22 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.