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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2015
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COLLEGE LEADERS ENCOURAGE ADAPTABILITY TO MEET DEMANDS
Colleges must be on the cutting edge and remain adaptable to stay on pace with rapid changes in higher education, according to a panel of college presidents who spoke to The Business Council of Westchester on Thursday.
“Education is at an interesting point in its development. The changes we are going to have are going to be extraordinary,” said Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College. “Ten years from now, we will continue to evolve.”
The panel, titled Higher Education: Strategies and Traditions, was part of the KeyBank Speaker Series and focused on advances in technology, challenges of affordability, and adjusting to the needs of an older student population.
Panelists included Mr. Smith; Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace University; Belinda S. Miles, EdD, President of Westchester Community College; and Jon Strauss, PhD, President of Manhattanville College. Geoffrey Thompson, Managing Partner, Thompson & Bender moderated the discussion.
“The old model of college students has changed,” acknowledged Mr. Thompson, adding that more students are considered nontraditional.
Members of the panel discussed how employees will change jobs more frequently in their lifetimes and said they will need an education to keep pace with demands of the workplace.
“What all colleges and universities want is the opportunity to educate students in a way that is convenient and affordable,” said Dr. Miles. She added that in order to do this, colleges cannot be stagnant and must adopt new technologies and solutions.
“Westchester County is fortunate to have so many forward-thinking institutions of higher education,” said Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester. “Whether it’s training future workers or being centers in our communities, our colleges and universities are vital to Westchester County’s economy.”
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.
Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year. The website address iswww.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption (L to R): Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College; Tony Justic, Chairman of the Board, The Business Council of Westchester; Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace University; Denise Povolny, Senior Vice President of KeyBank; Marsha Gordon, EdD, President and CEO, The Business Council of Westchester; Belinda S. Miles, EdD, President of Westchester Community College; Geoffrey Thompson, Managing Partner, Thompson Bender; and Jon Strauss, PhD, President of Manhattanville College.
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