Continuing Education and Outreach to be restructured
April 22, 2013Tweet
Binghamton University’s Continuing Education and Outreach (CEO) unit will be restructured at the end of August, bringing resources to the revitalized and enhanced Center for Learning and Teaching as envisioned by the Road Map’s Advancing Learning Team. “The restructuring will allow us to provide greater support to faculty who are seeking to employ new pedagogies — whether in face-to-face, hybrid or fully online classes,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Donald Nieman. Under the restructuring, CEO staff previously administering Summer and Winter Sessions and credit-bearing online classes will join the Center for Learning and Teaching in current CEO offices on the main campus.
A new Center for Innovative and Continuing Education will locate in the University’s Downtown Center and will partner with campus units to help offer innovative learning opportunities to expanded student populations. The center will offer professional development and adult education programs, noncredit online classes and undergraduate non-matriculated student advising.
Continuing Education and Outreach was established in 1992 to integrate teaching, research and outreach to develop and deliver innovative programs. It grew to offer more than 1,000 graduate, undergraduate, noncredit and online courses serving more than 12,000 students annually. Since its founding, CEO has generated revenues of more than $130 million for the University and garnered 12 national and regional awards for new program development, research and scholarship.
Highlights of CEO’s successes include expanding Summer Session to offer hundreds of classes and serve 3,500 students annually, creating Winter Session in 2005, and expanding it to offer more than 85 classes to over 1,300 students annually. CEO also introduced distance learning courses into the mainstream of the University after piloting five classes for 141 students in 2003. The unit grew to offer distance learning classes serving more than 13,000 students and generating more than $11 million in tuition revenue. CEO also created and offered more than 600 professional development online classes serving 4,500 students annually.
In recent years, CEO has partnered with the Decker School of Nursing to develop the BULEARN program to meet the professional development needs of registered nurses, and with the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations to create and offer online professional development programs to over 8,000 state employees.
“The Center for Innovative and Continuing Education will continue to invent and develop new programs to meet the needs of a changing New York state economy and growing adult student population,” said Director Thomas Kowalik. “We will work closely with the New York state economic development community, the state’s businesses and elected officials to ensure Binghamton University continues to be a force in the skill development of all New York state citizens and regional economic development.”