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.




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 Named to Top Military Friendly Schools List

The College of Staten Island announced today that it has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.

This is the seventh consecutive year that CSI has been named to this prestigious list, appearing every year since that the Military Friendly® Schools designation has recognized service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.
“Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly® School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
For more information about the College of Staten Island’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit www.csi.cuny.edu/veterans.

CSI Ranks Sixth Nationwide

The College of Staten Island was ranked sixth in the nation on the Social Mobility Index (SMI), published by CollegeNET, a Portland, Oregon-based, privately held company whose rankings focus directly and broadly on the issue of economic mobility.

The College of Staten Island also ranked third in New York State on the SMI, only being topped by Baruch and City College.

The SMI differs from most other rankings in that it determines to what extent a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged people (family incomes below the national median) at lower tuition so that they graduate into good paying jobs. The colleges that perform the best in this regard receive higher rankings, according to the SMI.

The SMI is computed from five variables: published tuition, percent of student body whose families are below the US median income, graduation rate, reported median salary zero to five years after graduation, and endowment.

To view the complete list, visit www.socialmobilityindex.org and clicking “Rankings.”

U.S. News Publishes “Best Colleges” List

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list for Regional Universities (North) has highlighted the College of Staten Island, a senior college of The City University of New York.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the magazine’s ranking model offers “reliable and consistent data on nearly 1,800 schools to allow [parents and students] to compare them.” CSI was first named one of America’s “Best Colleges”  in 2014.

Additional awards for CSI in the 2015-2016 academic year include: top 15% nationwide for alumni salary potential by PayScale’s College Salary Report; one of America’s “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges” by Washington Monthly magazine; and one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes magazine. CSI ranked third for public institutions in New York State on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” list.

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