Hubert Keen

Joint admissions effort unites NCC, Farmingdale State

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two Long Island institutions of higher learning are joining forces to speed students toward their baccalaureate degrees. Trumpeting a “historic effort,” Farmingdale State College and Garden City-based Nassau Community College on Tuesday announced a new Joint Admissions Program that will “significantly ease the pathway” to bachelor’s degrees for NCC students, according to Farmingdale State. Specifically, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester, students who earn one of 16 related Associate Degrees at…


‘Scary optimism’ as local business girds for 2017

By JOHN KOMINICKI // Long Island business leaders gave the local economy a resounding thumbs up on Thursday, predicting growing revenues, profits and pricing power at an annual economic forecast breakfast hosted by accounting firm AVZ. The less good news: 58 percent of business managers responding to AVZ’s accompanying economic poll said they have no plans to hire additional workers in 2017, and 5 percent said they expect to cut staff during the year. Another…


Farmingdale lands $2.9M grant for at-risk students

Farmingdale State College has been awarded $2.9 million in federal funding to increase mentoring research programs for at-risk students at at its local caampus and schools in three other states. Farmingdale is the only school in the state and one of only 17 nationally to win the grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World program. The school hopes the money, which will be used to provide what Farmingdale President W. Hubert Keen called “innovative mentored…


Keen stepping down as Farmingdale prez in ’16

Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen will step down next June after nearly nine years in office. Keen, 70, led the school through a period of significant enrollment growth, the expansion of academic programs and a nearly $200 million construction and renovation project that transformed the look and feel of the college, which began as a two-year agricultural school. “Everyone has his or her time, and now it is my time,” Keen said. “I’m…