Education

Same old story for SUNY Empire, in new Suffolk digs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s newest college is really nothing new. Empire State College, stepchild of the State University of New York system, is all grown up, thank you: The school has been helping students, particularly working professionals, earn accredited degrees since 1971, both in-person – at 30 statewide locations and seven international sites – and, increasingly, through distance-learning opportunities. But its 6.6-acre, $14 million Empire State College at Selden – that’s new, even…


Bold step has ambitious STEM startup thinking global

By GREGORY ZELLER // A muddled marketing message hasn’t stopped We Connect the Dots from changing lives across Long Island – but sharper marketing could carry its unique STEM-education formula around the world. That’s the thinking at the multifaceted educational organization, which has hired a professional marketing team to help scale its successful technology-training model across the United States and beyond. In September, We Connect the Dots joined forces with Raffa Social Capital Advisors, a…


Diversity is dapper as LI med students don white coats

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’ve put them on – and, they’re off! The ninth-ever class at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell has donned its white coats and embarked on its four-year journey to professional medicine. The members of the Class of 2023 received their ceremonial coats Oct. 11 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse, symbolically beginning their medical educations. In reality, the 103 students have already begun their scholastic quests: While…


LI instructors shine as NY’s newest Master Teachers

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than two dozen Long Island educators have been welcomed into the ranks of the New York State Master Teacher Program. The professional-development and networking community, which promotes and celebrates the work of high-performing STEM teachers (for science, technology, engineering and math), added some 228 new members in September, including 27 teachers from Long Island-based school districts. Through participation in the Master Teacher Program, each competitively selected teacher receives a $60,000…


Million-dollar grant opens FSC to less-privileged minds

By GREGORY ZELLER // A million-dollar gift from the National Science Foundation will help a classroom’s worth of science- and math-focused Long Island high schoolers enroll at Farmingdale State College. All told, 32 students from six regional high schools will enjoy four-year, $20,000 scholarships, thanks to a $1 million S-STEM grant, the largest ever issued to Farmingdale State by the NSF. Targeting academically talented, low-income students, the S-STEM awards – for Scholarships in Science, Technology,…


Hofstra computer-degree programs earn ABET approval

By GREGORY ZELLER // The prevailing authority over international engineering and technology collegiate education has green-stamped two Hofstra University computer-degree programs. The university’s Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science has been notified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology that the school’s Computer Science and Computer Engineering bachelor’s degree programs have been accredited, respectively, by ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission and Engineering Accreditation Commission. The Baltimore-based non-governmental organization – which accredits post-secondary education…


For student success, NYIT is simply THE’s best

By GREGORY ZELLER // A regional institution known for supporting its students is partnering with a global higher-education publication on a forum designed to improve universal student success. The New York Institute of Technology is the “host sponsor” for the 2019 Times Higher Education U.S. Student Success Forum, a two-day conference of education experts and university leaders focused on new ideas and initiatives for improving student outcomes. Such matters are par for the course at…


New admissions effort ‘pharms’ out Adelphi grads

By GREGORY ZELLER // The joint-admissions wave continues to roll over Long Island, with Adelphi University announcing another high-profile two-fer. This time, the Garden City school has forged a collaboration with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that will give future pharmacists a shot at earning their bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in seven years – or less. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, students will have two options: complete both degrees in seven…


STEM scholarships help out Northwell dependents

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Two Birds One Stone File comes Northwell Health, which is helping out its employees – and bolstering its own future – with a new scholarship program. The New Hyde Park-based health system has awarded the first educational stipends through its STEM Scholarships program, designed to assist college-bound dependents of Northwell Health employees – primarily, future collegians pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. The $7,500 individual scholarships…


Debtless docs debut at tuition-free LI med school

By GREGORY ZELLER // Future doctors ceremoniously started their medical educations at schools around the world July 26, but the “white coat ceremony” at one Long Island institute held a singular significance. It was the very first for the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, New York University’s newly accredited med-ed mecca. Part of the NYU Langone Health system, the LISOM received preliminary accreditation in February from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the U.S….


Seven degrees of separation for new Master CPAs

By GREGORY ZELLER // Adelphi University has added up its first class of master accountants. The Garden City-based university has graduated the first students to complete its Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting program, designed to be a passport to today’s rapidly globalizing economy. The graduate-degree program – which includes hands-on professional experience and career networking and covers various principles included in Master CPA exams – totals 30 credits. A total of 150 credits is required…


Adelphi, Upstate Medical ink joint-admissions pact

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following a popular higher-education trend, Adelphi University has forged a joint-admissions alliance that will funnel graduates straight into medical school. The Syracuse-based Upstate Medical University, to be precise, which on Tuesday joined the Garden City school to announce the Adelphi-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program, which will feed qualified students directly into Upstate Medical’s fold beginning this fall. The new collaboration adds Adelphi to Upstate Medical’s existing list of 10 statewide Accelerated Scholars…


At the Zucker School, zipping along the underserved

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative pipeline program will funnel economically and socially disadvantaged collegians into the Zucker School of Medicine. Going by the zippy acronym ZPP, the Zucker School of Medicine Pipeline Program has named its first class of participants – eight “rising college sophomores,” each with an academic interest in healthcare and each facing difficult economic and social challenges, according to the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, which announced…


Dean machine: High honors as Adelphi scores again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add another rising Pace University faculty member to the roster at Adelphi University, which has plucked a Pace professor for the second time in a week. Just days after naming Xiao-lei Wang, acting dean of Pace University’s School of Education, as the new dean of its College of Education and Health Sciences, Adelphi on Monday announced Susan Dinan as the new dean of its Honors College. Dinan – who was a…


Sachem scores in LI-friendly ‘Smart Schools’ round

By GREGORY ZELLER // More than $12.5 million in school-technology upgrades are coming to Long Island schools through the latest funding round of Albany’s Smart Schools investment plan. The Smart Schools Review Board on Monday approved nearly 100 projects designed to improve school security and “reimagine teaching and learning for the 21st century,” according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office – a chunky 13th funding round for the circa-2015, $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The…