The College of Staten Island is one of the top colleges in the U.S., according to Forbes, the second accolade from the publication within the last six months.
“Increasingly, people are recognizing that CSI is a destination campus – a place where student success guides all of our work and where exceptional faculty are engaging in remarkable scholarship and research across many disciplines,” said College President William J. Fritz. “We welcome the recognition from Forbes.”
Forbes ranked CSI 504th on the publication’s “America’s Top Colleges” list, which was announced Aug. 28. The College ranked 179th among public institutions. The complete list includes 650 institutions and there are almost 3,000 accredited four-year institutions in America.
Since its founding in 1956, the College of Staten Island has produced more than 60,000 alumni and annually more than 15,000 students enroll in courses. It’s also the most diverse campus in Staten Island and offers the best value for money.
As a senior campus of The City University of New York (CUNY), the College offers a broad range of academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in the professions that lead to Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees.
Additional doctoral programs are also available on campus in collaboration with The CUNY Graduate Center. From enriching undergraduate studies to completing doctoral theses, CSI students are provided with the tools and opportunities they need to earn a world-class education.
The College of Staten Islandhas earned the 2018 Military Spouse Friendly School® designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur® and STEM JobsSM resources. The annual companion list to Military Friendly® Schools recognizes those higher-education institutions that actively recruit spouses of active duty service members and promote student retention and career development policies and programs that acknowledge and support the unique challenges of military life. This year’s list features 100 institutions across ten categories, demonstrating the growing success among all sizes and types of post-secondary schools for tapping into this talented group of men and women.
CSI is committed to actively recruiting and supporting military spouses, knowing firsthand that they bring a level of maturity, discipline, life experience, and talent to the classroom.
Military Advanced Education and Transition (MAE&T) has awarded the College of Staten Island the designation of a Top School in its 2018 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring most effective methods in military and veteran education. The Guide is to be released this December, and is available online.
The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at hundreds of institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2018 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.
Schools are not ranked in the Guide. Rather, the schools must obtain a minimum score in the survey to be named a Top School. This means that Top Schools must meet a certain threshold of military-supportive actions, as identified by MAE&T staff. This could include a veteran’s center, a dedicated veteran’s counselor, and financial incentives for military-affiliated students, to name just a few examples.
Best Value Schools has named the College of Staten Island to its list of the Top 100 Most Affordable Universities in America.
In its listing, Best Value Schools said this about CSI, “With its impressive array of honors classes, learning communities, and opportunity programs (which offer enhanced support), CSI – CUNY seeks to provide each student with a unique college experience tailored to their individual needs. For example, motivated learners will appreciate the Macaulay Honors College’s unique – and challenging – curriculum, while aspiring math and science teachers can enroll in the Teacher Education Honors Academy. And many of CSI – CUNY’s programs incorporate work at one of the school’s two research centers, giving you hands-on practice as you earn some of New York’s most affordable degrees.”
The College of Staten Island has earned the Number 1 spot on the MilitaryFriendly®Schools list for large public schools in the nation for 2017-2018. First published in 2009 by Victory Media, Military Friendly®Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly®Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them to select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
From 2010-2016, the College of Staten Island ranked in the top 15% nationwide for public schools, placed Number 8 in 2017, and achieved the top spot nationwide for 2017-2018. CSI is also ranked a Military Spouse Friendly school.
The College of Staten Island (CSI) is nationally ranked as a military friendly school for the past eight years. This year, CSI is has been awarded as one of the top ten for being an elite Military Friendly Institution in the Public Universities with more than 10,000 students. Along with that accolade, CSI has now placed in the top three as a Military Spouse Friendly School.
“CSI faculty and staff will continue to strive to provide the best assistance to our brave heroes and their spouses. It is our duty and our pleasure, and this latest distinction is a welcome acknowledgment that we are extremely committed to delivering the best and most comprehensive assistance possible in academia and beyond,” said Laura Scazzafavo, Director of Veterans Support Services, who is also a United States Navy combat veteran, adding that “Veteran Support Services at CSI is dedicated to providing the support needed to help servicemen and women adjust to college life. Our mission is to facilitate a smooth transition from military life to the college experience by providing veterans a strong support system and centralized “vet-friendly” services. We thank you for your service and would like to make your college experience a memorable one.”
“Military spouses are expert problem-solvers. They thrive under pressure, and are highly educated and mobile,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer at Victory Media’s Military Friendly® division. “Colleges and companies recognize these attributes and want to bring them on board. And, companies that employ both veterans and their spouses see even stronger retention and employee loyalty. Who better to train military spouses for successful careers than a Military Spouse Friendly School®?”
View the full listings on the Military Friendly Web site: http://militaryfriendly.com/2017-military-friendly-spouse-schools/
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Scholars. The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a top-producing Fulbright Scholar institution, receiving the second most Fulbright awards in a ranking of Master’s Institutions.
With fifteen Fulbright awards since 2000, CSI received three awards just this past academic year. Ava Chin, PhD, and Ying Zhu, PhD, received 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards, and CSI administrator Monika Wojciechowski was also selected for the 2016 Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Program in Japan.
Dr. Chin is currently lecturing on U.S. journalism, focusing on food and popular culture in China, and Dr. Zhu, who has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, is conducting research in China, primarily based in the Shanghai Film Academy.
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,100 U.S. college and university faculty and administrators, professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, and independent scholars are awarded Fulbright grants to teach and/or conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program operates in more than 125 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright Scholar recipients are available on their Web site.