CSI Ranked No. 11 in Top Collegiate Vocational, Trade Education Programs in New York

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.

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CSI Strong: Transcultural Learning and Global Health Sciences

CSI Nursing student Derrick Tam presenting his poster on "Cardiovascular Health in Costa Rica" at the CSI Undergraduate Research Conference with Professor Regina Lama and Professor Nora Maloney.

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.

CSI Nursing students presenting at the Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honor Society) Evidence-Based Expo at Richmond University Medical Center.

“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.

 

CSI Ranks 27th Among Top Salaries for Grads

CSI has ranked 27th among top salaries for graduates by the US Department of Education.

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.

To view the entire list, visit the Prospect Heights Patch web site.

College listings can also be found on the DOE College Scorecard site.

 

 

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Electrical Engineering, Receive Accreditation

CSI's Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering receive accreditation.

Continuing in the tradition of programmatic excellence, quality teaching, and high standards, two programs at the College of Staten Island (CSI) have received accreditation beginning this fall.

The Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at CSI has received an accreditation from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) through 2021. The program, which leads to licensure in mental health counseling, was cited by MPCAC site visitors for such highlights as being “exemplar of the mission of the school.” Research, advisement, faculty collaboration, strong connections with the community, and recent scholarship and grant opportunities were also noted.

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.

 

 

CSI’s Engineering Program in US News & World Report Ranking

CSI's Engineering Program Ranked in US News & World Report

The Engineering Program at the College of Staten Island (CSI) has made it to the ranks in the latest US News and World Report listing for 2017 Best Colleges in the category of Regional Northeast Universities. The Program in the Department of Engineering Science and Physics is tied for 111th.

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.

Check out CSI’s citation on the US News & World Report web site.

 

 

CSI’s Continuing Education Ranked #4 for Most Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in New York

CSI's Continuing Education Ranked #4 on Online Colleges.com

Online Colleges.com has published its “Most Affordable Online Colleges in New York” report, and the College of Staten Island (CSI) ranked #4 among “Most Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in New York.” The findings refer to several programs offered through CSI’s Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development.

To view the complete list, visit the Online Colleges.com web site.

 

 

 

 

[video] CSI #18 Best-Bang-for-the-Buck College in the Northeast

CSI ranked 18th out of 386 schools in the Northeast category, from a national sample of 1,406 institutions; and 66th for Adult Learners.

Washington Monthly has just announced its 2016 “America’s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges,” and the College of Staten Island (CSI) is ranked 18th out of 386 schools in the Northeast category, from a national sample of 1,406 institutions. CSI ranked 66th for Adult Learners.

Washington Monthly’s rankings are geared toward helping non-wealthy students choose the best college, one where they can attain highly marketable degrees with affordable tuition.

“Alumni salary potential, low student loan debt, and a deep commitment to enrolling and graduating first-generation students are all hallmarks of CSI, and a primary criteria for these rankings,” commented William J. Fritz, PhD, President of the College. “The Mission of The City University of New York and the College of Staten Island is to provide access to high-quality and affordable education, which is particularly critical during these challenging economic times. There are no institutions in the country that provide broader access than CUNY and I am proud that this ranking also clearly demonstrates that our quality is second to none.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Gej_jaONU[/youtube] Dr. Fritz added that last year, 75% of CSI students graduated free from federal student loan debt and 57% of full-time students attended tuition free. During the last five years, nearly 6,000 students had paid internships, with more than $5 million awarded as scholarships, grants, and other merit- or need-based student support.

Faculty members remain at the heart of the CSI student experience, and are a major contributing factor to student success. As of last year, 86% of full-time faculty have a terminal degree, many from highly prestigious colleges across the country, and many have been named Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows. CSI faculty members also receive grant-based research dollars from prestigious federal organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and have been recognized by President Obama with the highest honor for early career research excellence. This research and support provides CSI students with real-world, hands-on research opportunities, and many students have co-authored academic papers with their faculty mentors and often present their research worldwide.

In 2015, CSI ranked 326 on the list, which represents a monumental leap to being ranked 18 in 2016.  The College’s deepening commitment to its motto “Opportunity and Challenge,” embraces the social mobility philosophy through programs such as the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK program designed for students who have the potential to succeed in college, but benefit from enhanced academic support and financial assistance, and CUNY Service Corps. According to the Washington Monthly College Webpage regarding their revised methodology this year, “The social mobility portion of the rankings changed significantly this year in response to newly available data on student outcomes from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, with four of the eight factors contributing to the social mobility score coming from the Scorecard data. A college’s graduation rate (from the IPEDS) counted for 20 percent of the social mobility score.” This is the first year that Washington Monthly had access to deeper data regarding students’ economic outcomes due to the College Scorecard, and the fourth year of publishing college rankings.

The College Scorecard shows, for the first time, how much students earn ten years after enrolling at a given college and whether they’re paying down at least some of their loan principal. The Scorecard also reveals the percent of first-generation students each college enrolls, a key measure of its commitment to opportunity.

Community service was a key measurement as well, with Washington Monthly equally weighting military service, alumni Peace Corps enrollment, national and community service, federal work-study grant money spent on community service projects, and the percentage of students performing community service.

View the complete list of Best-Bang-for-the-Buck colleges on the Washington Monthly Website.

Washington Monthly has published their complete methodology online.

 

CSI 5th on Island for Economic Development

SIEDC President Cesar Claro presents College of Staten Island President Dr. William J. Fritz with the SIEDC award at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The 18th Annual SIEDC Business Conference featured awards to the Top 31 Most Influential People & Institutions in Economic Development on Staten Island, recognizing 31 outstanding people and institutions that have significantly impacted Staten Island’s economy, creating new jobs and improving the borough’s quality of life. SIEDC President Cesar Claro presents College of Staten Island President Dr. William J. Fritz with the award for 5th Place at the April 27, 2016 event.