April 11, 2012
President Alan R. Davis
President Alan R. Davis was featured in a Q and A in Military Advanced Education, talking about Empire State College’s relationship with service members and veterans and their families. The interview was the magazine’s May 2012 “University Corner” column.
Davis explained how the college’s nontraditional and online approach to educating adult learners makes it ideal for service members who travel away from a setting where they can work with mentors face to face or attend a class; both active military and veterans who have attained college-level learning through standardized testing, certifications or training that may be assessed for academic credit, allowing learners to enter with advanced standing; and learners eligible for special funding.
He also noted the college’s multiple partnerships with military-education programs such as SOCNAV and GoArmyEd, and many others; its connections with local and national organizations that support service members and veterans, such as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Defense and the Council of College and Military Educators; and the presence of the college’s military outreach specialists in locations convenient for service members, veterans and their families.
Davis discussed the college’s adoption of emerging and mobile technologies that allow students to take courses from anywhere, any time; scheduling designed to accommodate individuals whose busy lives include commitments to family, work and civic responsibilities; individualized degree programming designed to support educational, career and personal goals; and special programs, such as Troops to Teachers, established specifically to prepare service members to teach as civilians.
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.
In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and coursework onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace of their choosing.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.
For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.
David M. Henahan, Director of Communications 518-587-2100, ext. 2918 David.Henahan@esc.edu
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