The College of Staten Island (CSI) has been designated a 2016-17 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in connecting young professionals with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSM media and resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The 2016-17 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their ability and responsiveness to connecting programs and students with high-demand, high-growth STEM occupations.
The College of Staten Island (CSI) has ranked 16th out of more than 900 colleges nationally in CollegeNET’s annual Social Mobility Index (SMI).
This is the second consecutive year that CSI has placed in the top 20 colleges.
The index was created by CollegeNET, a company that provides Web-based services to some 1,300 higher education and nonprofit institutions around the world. For the past three years, CollegeNET has been ranking four-year higher education institutions throughout the U.S. according to how effectively they enroll students with low-income backgrounds and graduate them into promising careers.
According to CollegeNET, a high SMI rankings means that “a college is contributing in a responsible want to solving the dangerous problem of economic immobility in our country.”
The CollegeNET ranking adds to the impressive list of honors that CSI has received.
It has been announced that The College of Staten Island (CSI) is a Top 10 Military Friendly Gold Award Recipient for 2017. The designation comes from Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.
“I am honored that the College of Staten Island has been awarded the Gold Award, an elite Military Friendly designation for 2017. CSI continues to pursue innovative and collaborative ways to ensure that the veterans in our community have access to the best possible resources and services,” commented William J. Fritz, Ph.D., President of the College of Staten Island.
The mission of CSI’s Veterans Support Services is to facilitate a smooth transition from military life to the college experience by providing veteran students with centralized “vet-friendly” services and a strong support system. Veterans Support Services collaborates with veteran organizations within the community in order to identify additional resources and foster a sense of community between CSI student veterans and the veteran population on Staten Island. This relationship ensures that Veterans Support Services stays current on all new legislation and initiatives that will affect our student veteran population.
“The College of Staten Island is dedicated to helping our student veterans have a stress-free transition into the world of academia; from admissions to graduation, we will guide our veterans through every step of their journey. We are proud to serve our nation’s heroes and their families,” said Laura Scazzafavo, Director of Veterans Support Services, who is also a United States Navy combat veteran.
In a listing of the top collegiate Vocational & Trade Education Programs in New York, the College of Staten Island (CSI) was ranked number 11 for four year schools by the Community for Accredited Online Schools for 2016-2017.
Comparing data on student success and support services, program variety and nearly a dozen other qualitative and quantitative measures, the site highlighted a total of 64 colleges and universities for excellence in trade and vocational education in the state. CSI received a score of 98.15.
The College of Staten Island (CSI) has received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Award from a Santander Bank-sponsored competition to fund Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica and New York City. The award will help to fund CSI Nursing students studying abroad as well as bring international students to the College.
“Nursing students at CSI are going to be working in an environment where they have a broad demographic and multicultural setting. They will enhance their transcultural skills, which is super important to them for work anywhere, particularly in the New York area,” commented Stephen Ferst, EdD, Executive Director of the CSI Center for Global Engagement.
“CSI is committed to internationalization, and this award will move that commitment forward,” noted Dr. Maureen Becker, Dean of the School of Health Sciences.
The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to increase the number of U.S. students studying annually in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States to 100,000 annually by the year 2020. The Innovation Fund is a public-private collaboration of the White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
“The initiative really encapsulates joint research, community involvement in the U.S. and Costa Rica, undergraduate research, faculty involvement, global and cultural engagement, all rolled into one,” said Dr. Ferst.
CSI and the Universidad de IberoAmérica in San Jose, Costa Rica have created a unique study abroad program in Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences that aims to familiarize students with the theoretical framework underpinning transcultural healthcare provision, as well to contextualize comparisons among healthcare systems in the Americas; provide students with hands-on experiences through direct field observations, with the aim of deepening their understanding of cross-cultural issues in healthcare provision; increase students’ language skills in comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking; broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Latin American and U.S. cultures; and strengthen ties and enhance connections between the home and host university communities.
Led by Professor Regina Lama, a bilingual specialist in transcultural nursing, CSI has successfully run a study abroad program in Costa Rica with UNIBE for nursing students for four consecutive years. For the 2015 and 2016 sessions, this opportunity was expanded to include students from the Physical Therapy
Doctorate program at CSI. This Award allows CSI and UNIBE to build upon the already successful collaboration to increase the participation rates and to expand the partnership to include two-way exchange, joint research projects conducted by Costa Rican and U.S. students, presentations at conferences in both the U.S. and Costa Rica, and new collaborative linkages among faculty at both institutions.
The US Department of Education (DOE) has released its findings on top salaries for college graduates after studying 58 colleges in New York City. The College of Staten Island (CSI) came in at number 27 with the average salary of graduates at $40,600. With SUNY Downstate Medical Center at the top of the list, CSI was in the ranks with Columbia University, New York University and Fordham University. Findings seem to show that pursuing a career in the medical field tops pursuing an expensive education when it comes to salaries. CSI is among 16 City University of New York (CUNY) schools in the list.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BS EE), which has been offered since Spring 2014 by the Department of Engineering Science and Physics is also now accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET). The accreditation action extends retroactively from October 2013 and therefore covers students who have already graduated.
The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program celebrates its place as the first such program in CUNY to receive this accreditation.
“This is a big deal because we are in the company of schools like Columbia University’s Teachers College, NYU, and the University of Massachusetts,” noted Frances Melendez, PhD, Director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, adding that this accreditation “will help in recruiting new students, as this gives us real validity in the quality of work and the quality of students entering the field of mental health counseling.”
MPCAC reported that “Dr. Frances Meléndez is an asset to the program, through her strong leadership, advocacy, vision, and commitment to students’ clinical training and professional development.”
Psychology Department Chair Katie Cumiskey, PhD said, “This accreditation is a testament to the commitment of Dr. Meléndez and the hard work of our dedicated core faculty, staff, and students. I’m inspired, though not surprised, that the MPCAC officials were so impressed with our prestigious program. Our program’s emphasis on social justice in mental health counselor training sets us apart in the State of New York and well prepares our students for the many challenges facing the Staten Island community and the world.”
Regarding the BS EE accreditation, Neo Antoniades, PhD, Chair of the Department of Engineering Science and Physics commented that, “Achieving initial ABET accreditation for the BS in Electrical Engineering so quickly after the launch of the program is a testament to the strength of our faculty, as well as the program and our students! This high program quality will ultimately lead to excellent and high-paying jobs for our student graduates.”
CSI is the second institution within The City University of New York (CUNY) and one of only a few in the greater NY/NJ metropolitan area offering an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
“The five-year initial accreditation places the program among the elite in the field and validates the quality of the faculty, the laboratories, and the institution,” Antoniades lauded.